USA TODAY Sports’ NFL divisional-round playoff picks: Will any teams with bye get upset at home?
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As the NFL playoffs head into the divisional round, it’s time to wonder if the four teams coming off byes can maintain momentum against the clubs that emerged from wild-card weekend, three of them victorious on the road.
History suggests home teams will win this week — they’re 16-4 in the past 20 divisional contests — given nobody that’s played on wild-card weekend has reached the Super Bowl since the 2012 season. Our panel of NFL experts apparently thinks that trend will continue given there were only three total votes among our seven experts for a road upset.
But the game to watch could be at Lambeau Field, where the Packers tied with a league-high seven home wins in 2019. They’ll host the Seahawks, the only team in the league to win eight times (including last weekend in Philadelphia) on the road this season.