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The NFL 56 is in full swing, with just eight teams remaining in the playoffs. While most of the teams have a good shot at making it to the Super Bowl, a few potential shortcomings could prevent them from winning.
Green Bay Packers
Over the last three games, the Green Bay Packers allowed a massive 5.6 yards per rush, averaging above their regular season of 4.7 yards per rush. It means that the other teams would need to have a sound strategy to beat them efficiently and effectively.
With the return of Jaire Alexander, keeping an honest defense against both the run and pass becomes more crucial. Also, there’s stirring data about play-calling and pressure. This NFL season, Aaron Rodgers is one of the least pressured quarterbacks, with a 75% completion rate, 34 TD passes, and 122.6 passer rating.
All of these have unique implications for the Packers’ next matchup against the 49ers. The ability of the San Francisco 49ers to drive pressure with only four rushers could play on the weaknesses in Green bay.
The Buffalo Bills have been playing well this season even without Tre’Davious White. However, how the Bills can play against the high-powered NFL team offenses largely depends on Taron Johnson. Can the fourth-year nickel hold up against Tyreek Hill on their next matchup?
Kansas City Chiefs
The most significant vulnerability of the Kansas City Chiefs is their defense, particularly the unit’s inability to stop the run and force low-likelihood passes.
And this is the third year in a row that the Chiefs have had the same defensive coordinator, Bob Sutton. The lack of evolution in their defense has shown, as they are ranked last in yards allowed this season.
The Chiefs will need to score points and hope that their defense can hold Brady and company to a low score to win on Sunday. The team has an explosive offense led by quarterback Patrick Mahomes and tight end Travis Kelce. If they can get into a rhythm, they should be able to put up points on the Patriots’ defense.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
This team’s most significant vulnerability is the lack of snaps/cohesion within position groups and related to injuries. Tristan Wirfs and Ryan Jensen were both physically strained last weekend, as well as Josh Wells (backup tackle), putting the availability of these players at risk versus the Rams.
Los Angeles Rams
The Rams have the personnel to be a good team, but their most significant vulnerability is how they handle their coverage responsibilities. Their defensive line, in particular, will need to be sharp to make up for any mistakes elsewhere on the field. If they can manage that, they should be able to compete with anyone in the league this year.
In addition to their coverage issues, the Rams’ offensive line is a potential weak spot. They lost two starters in the offseason and will need to rely on some young players to fill those roles. If they can gel quickly, they should be able to hold their own, but there’s always the risk of injuries or inconsistency derailing their season.
The Titans are the second favorite this season, mainly because of their ability to block huge passing plays. However, how they handle their coverage responsibilities in the defense line is concerning. The Titans will have to rely on their running game if they want to make it deep into the playoffs.
According to the odds, the Cincinnati Bengals have the lowest opportunity to reach the Super Bowl out of the four AFC teams. The team’s most significant vulnerability is their lack of offensive firepower, which is why they may not make it very far in the playoffs.
Without Trey Hendrickson and DT Larry Ogunjobi, other NFL teams can capitalize on the Bengals’ weaknesses and dominate the line of scrimmage.
San Francisco 49ers
The biggest concern for the 49ers is their pass defense, specifically if they can’t generate enough pressure. The San Francisco 49ers are vulnerable and susceptible on the left side of the field, allowing both short and deep passes.
The NFL divisional round is upon us. With eight teams remaining, the season keeps getting more exciting and captivating. Bettors should always check the odds for any changes and Bet on the Super Bowl with FanDuel.