Who you should root for in the NFL playoffs. Here's our handy guide.
CNN/Stylemagazine.com Newswire | 1/8/2019, 8:10 a.m.
By AJ Willingham, CNN
(CNN) -- Football lovers, welcome to the holiest time of the season: The NFL playoffs. Over the next few weeks, the postseason teams will slowly be whittled down to two, culminating in that most sacred of events on February 3: The big, long Super Bowl commercial with a football game squeezed in between.
Whether you're stocking up on buffalo wings and Imodium in preparation for a playoff binge, or are just reluctantly accompanying someone who is, here's everything you need to know about the postseason picture, including a full schedule of games.
Let's start with the big question:
Who should I root for?
Well that's a complicated question. There are some pretty great storylines to explore: Two NFL greats who are old as dirt by sports standards (That's 41-year-old Tom Brady of the Patriots and 39-year-old Drew Brees of the Saints, for those of you keeping score), two exciting teams with new homes in Los Angeles, which surely thrills people from their abandoned hometowns of St. Louis and San Diego, and the return of last year's Super Bowl upset winner, the Philadelphia Eagles. The list goes on.
Of course you could root for whatever team is closest to you, or whatever team your mom likes. But it may also be liberating to shrug off the yoke of parochialism and chose a new favorite. Especially if you're a New England fan. Behold, a guide:
I want to support smaller market teams and watch networks sweat over viewership: Root for the Kansas City Chiefs.
I want someone different to win for a change: Root for the Los Angeles Chargers. They are the only remaining team that hasn't won a Super Bowl.
I think every team in the entire country should relocate to Los Angeles, thus completing a football singularity that will open a portal to the center of the Earth: Root for the Los Angeles Chargers or the Los Angeles Rams.
I like underdogs: Root for the Indianapolis Colts.
I like underdogs, but I also want to maintain a slight superiority complex: Root for the Dallas Cowboys.
I like underdogs, but only if they are also reigning Super Bowl champs. But before that, they were underdogs. Also, I'm craving Wawa: Root for the Philadelphia Eagles.
I like legendary quarterbacks who have already WON Super Bowls and don't NEED any more and/or I want the entire city of Atlanta to SUFFER DEEPLY: Root for the New Orleans Saints or the New England Patriots.
This is too much. Just tell me what teams might win
While we can't predict the future, maybe Vegas can: As of the beginning of the wild card round, odds from Vegas Insider have the New Orleans Saints as Super Bowl favorites at 11/4, followed by the Kansas City Chiefs at 9/2. If you would like to burn your money, pick the Cowboys or Colts to win it all. They fall to the bottom of the pile with odds at 25/1.