The Loop NFL Picks: Division Finals

Each week, Kevin Cusick makes his predictions against the latest spread of Las Vegas points, as God intended…

49ers at Packers (-5½)

San Francisco fighting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo hung on for a wild-card win Sunday after Dallas beat the final game of the game. The only thing the failed competition proved is that the Cowboys’ inability to claim a playoff victory is greater than Garoppolo’s inability to throw one away.

Select: Packers of 7

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) leaves the field after an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Arlington, Texas, on Sunday, January 16, 2022. The 49ers won 23-17. (AP Photo / Ron Jenkins)

Rams at Buccaneers (-3)

Los Angeles’ Matthew Stafford, coming off his first playoff win of his career, takes on Tampa Bay’s Tom Brady, who won his record 35th postseason game against Philadelphia. This seems to create the most skewed QB matchup since the last Vikings-Packers game,

Select: Rams city 3

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) runs against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game in Inglewood, California, Monday, January 17, 2022. (AP Photo / Mark J. Terrill)

Bills at Chiefs (-2½)

It’s a showdown between two of the NFL’s highest paid quarterbacks, Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen, who each threw five touchdown passes in their wild card wins. successful.

Select: Bills with 3

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (1) celebrate in the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the New England Patriots in Orchard Park, NY, Saturday, January 15, 2022. (AP Photo / Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Bengals at Titans (-3½)

Cincinnati beat Las Vegas by seven points after a touchdown pass, after which a referee whistled unintentionally. League officials later said the whistle blew after Ja’Marr Chase caught the ball, a claim that was immediately challenged by millions of TV viewers with working ears,

Select: Titans City 7

Cincinnati Bengals’ Ja’Marr Chase signals for a touchdown on a ball caught by Tyler Boyd during the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Las Vegas Raider, Saturday, January 15, 2022 in Cincinnati. (AP Photo / Jeff Dean)

RECORD

Week 19

6-0 straight up

5-1 against spread

Season

184-93-1 straight up (.664)

151-125-2 vs. spread (.547)

All times (2003-22)

3269-1809-11 straight up (.644)

2483-2462-144 vs. spread (.502)

San Francisco 49ers defensive end Charles Omenihu (92) celebrates after firing Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, January 16, 2022. (Smiley N Pool / The Dallas Morning News via AP)

Points spread through Thursday. You can hear Kevin Cusick on Wednesday on Bob Sansevere’s “BS Show” podcast on iTunes. You can follow Kevin further Twitter – @theloopnow. He can be contacted at kcusick@pioneerpress.com.

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