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Kansas City vs Cleveland
The Chiefs passing attack is a unit that sputtered into the postseason, as they are coming off of two of Patrick Mahomes II' worst games of the season against New Orleans and Atlanta in Weeks 15 and 16. Mahomes completed just 55% of his passes and threw an average of just 266 yards in those contests. The Chiefs did not play their starters in Week 17 and had a bye last week, so they should be well-rested and healthy heading into this game which should allow the offense to get back to being the best in the NFL. Andy Reid is 20-3 in his career when coming off a bye, so expect the offense to get back to normal standards of being a highly efficient offense.
The Browns have defied expectations and made it into the Divisional Round of the playoffs for the first time since 1993. The secondary, however, still remains to be a significant problem for Cleveland as evidenced by Ben Roethlisberger throwing for an astounding 501 yards and 4 touchdowns last week. While all of the yardage was in garbage time last week, it does highlight the major issues that Cleveland has in the secondary. On the season, the Browns have allowed 6 quarterbacks to top 300 yards passing, and 4 of those topped 389 yards passing. The Browns secondary stats are largely propped up due to a weak schedule and three consecutive games in which weather made it essentially impossible to throw the ball. The good news for Cleveland is that they will be as healthy as they have been all season as Denzel Ward and Kevin Johnson will return pushing liabilities Robert Jackson and M.J. Stewart back to the bench. The only glimmer of hope in this offense is Ward, who is one of the few cornerbacks in the NFL who has the speed and skill to keep up with Tyreek Hill as Ward ran a 4.32 40-yard dash coming out of college. The problem for the Browns will be stopping the tight end position, which is a position that has decimated them all season as they have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to the position allowing 57 yards per game while not having to have faced Travis Kelce, Darren Waller, or George Kittle.
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