NFL Game Previews: Divisional Round Matchups
NFL Game Previews: Divisional Round Matchups

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Houston (+9.5) at Kansas City, 51.0 o/u – Sunday, 3:05 p.m. EST

The ending to last week's Houston-Buffalo tilt at times felt like it was part of a Hollywood movie scripted by someone with only a vague idea of how the game of football is supposed to be played, but enough about Josh Allen. Deshaun Watson and company advanceD amidst the chaos, but they hardly looked like world-beaters. The Bills sacked the QB seven times, even if it's the one they somehow didn't get that will haunt them all offseason, and Watson and DeAndre Hopkins were arguably the only two skill players to really show up. The Texans need to generate more offense if they're going to even keep this one close, and the key likely will be Hopkins. The Chiefs finished the regular season third in DVOA against No. 1 wide receivers, which would normally land him in the "Fade" section below, but for whatever reason the 27-year-old has owned Kansas City in his career, hauling in seven TDs in five games against the Chiefs. That includes a goose egg in Week 6, when he posted a 9-55-0 line on 12 targets in a 31-24 win by Houston. Patrick Mahomes threw for three TDs in that loss, but it effectively marked the end of his elite production on the year — he injured his knee the next week, and while he did torch the Titans in his Week 10 return, he's topped 300 passing yards only once since,

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Erik Siegrist
Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.
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