Saturday, January 16, 2016

Story Lines for the Divisional Round of the Playoffs

Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots
How will the Chiefs offense play with offensive coordinator Doug Pederson already being named the head coach of his former team the Eagles?
Will the week off help the beat up Patriots?
How will Gronk play after coming back from a knee injury?
How will Julian Edelman play after returning for his first game in almost 2 months?
Can the return of Sebastian Vollmer help to shore up the Patriots offensive line?
Will Jeremy Maclin play?
How will Chandler Jones play after his incident?
Can Alex Smith keep up with Tom Brady?
Who will win the Patriots banged up offensive line or the Chiefs banged up, but lethal, pass rush?

Green Bay Packers at Arizona Cardinals
Will the week off help the Cardinals?
How will the Packers play after they were crushed by the Cardinals less than a month ago?
Who wins the quarterback battle Aaron Rodgers or Carson Palmer?
Who gets more carries Eddie Lacy or James Starks?
Can the Packers bring the pass rush like they did last week against the Redskins?
Can Bruce Arians win his first playoff game as a head coach?
Can Carson Palmer win his first playoff game as a head coach?

Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers
Will the week off help the Panthers?
Can the Seahawks avenge their Week 6 loss to the Panthers?
Can the Panthers finally beat the Seahawks in a playoff game?
How will Marshawn Lynch perform after his first game back in almost 2 months?
How will the Legion of Boom match up with the less known Panthers receivers?
Is Russell Wilson vs. Cam Newton becoming the new Brady vs. Manning?

Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver Broncos
Will the week off help the Broncos?
Will Ben Roethlisberger play?
If he needs to, can Landry Jones step it up?
How will the Steelers replace Antonio Brown?
How will Peyton Manning play?
Will Joey Porter go on the field?
Will Jordan Todman and Fitzgerald Toussaint be enough to give the Steelers a run game against the tough Bronco defense?

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