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The San Francisco 49ers had the week off last week after earning a bye. The team still won, as they are getting back a few key contributors that will help right away. The Niners haven’t been this healthy since early in the season. They’re still without some players that added depth, and Weston Richburg, but most teams are banged up without starters at this point in the season.
The confidence poll remained the same after Wildcard weekend, at 99%.
Thoughts on the other Divisional round games
The Ravens host the Titans on Saturday night. The weather will be Tennessee’s best friend. The Patriots didn’t have a tight end to take advantage of the Titan’s defense. Baltimore has one of the better ones in the league. I’ve seen people say that since Titans defensive coordinator used to hold the same title in Baltimore in 2017 that he has a leg up and can provide intel. You’re comparing Joe Flacco to Lamar Jackson. Stop. That’s also assuming the Ravens won’t come out of the bye week with new wrinkles on offense. The Ravens aren’t going to sit back and let you run all over them. They blitz 53% of the time, which is Madden-type numbers. Ryan Tannehill didn’t have to pass any tests last week. He will on Saturday, and I think he’s not up to the task as the Ravens win an ugly one 20-6.
I see the Chiefs getting up early. Andy Reid off a bye and at home? The Texans did everything they could to lose last week, but Josh Allen refused to be outdone. Patrick Mahomes is going to light up that secondary, and I think Tyrann Mathieu makes plays to limit Houston. He’s been fantastic this year. You’ll never hold Deshaun Watson down for four quarters, so he’ll have to overcome Bill O’Brien’s coaching and lead a comeback, but the Texans will come up short. I can see a 31-20, high scoring game where Reid gets conservative in the second half.
The other NFC Divisional round game features the two biggest frauds that made the playoffs to me. I see this going a couple of directions. Both quarterbacks are regarded as two of the best in the league, but I don’t think we’ll see a lot of points in this one. I saw a crazy stat that since Devante Adams returned from injury, Aaron Rodgers is averaging somewhere around 5.3 yards per attempt. Both quarterbacks aren’t going to force the action, and the lack of weapons will lead to a low scoring game. The Packers are the better team, and I think they make enough plays to get past Seattle. I think it’ll be a 20-13 type of game, but with the Seahawks luck, Rodgers will get injured on the first drive of the game, and Seattle will advance.