Opinion: Watch for the Saints, Bills, and Packers this weekend

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This weekend starts the divisional round of the 2020 NFL playoffs.

Ethan Spozarski, Multimedia Editor

Heading into the divisional round of the 2020 NFL playoffs, we have a good look at the teams that still remain. Here are the top three teams heading into the divisional round weekend. 

The third-best team has to be the New Orlean Saints. Led by their lethal defense, the Saints look to defeat Tom Brady and Tampa Bay this Sunday. 

The Saints’ defense right now allows about 22 points per game, which is the fifth-best in the league. The Saints’ secondary is arguably the best in the playoffs right now. On the other side of the ball, Alvin Kamara is continuing to show his high level of talent.

Kamara doesn’t strictly run off of handoffs, so he ended the regular season with 187 carries and 932 rushing yards. Those are both in the top 20 among all running backs. With Taysom Hill and Latavius Murray as well, the Saints’ running game can be quite dangerous.

The Saints also have their top receiving star, Michael Thomas. While this season Thomas has been hurt, suspended, and not as active, during the four previous seasons he missed a total of just one game. He had over 1,000 receiving yards in all those seasons and nine touchdowns in three of those four years. 

The number two team is the Buffalo Bills. They have been hitting on all fronts both offensively and defensively this season and for the first time since 1995, they have won a playoff game. 

Starting quarterback Josh Allen has come alive this season. He threw 35 touchdown passes and only 10 interceptions. He also finished the regular season with the third-best passer rating and threw for just over 4,500 yards. 

When fans talk about Buffalo, they can’t forget about Stefon Diggs. He led the entire NFL in receptions (127) and receiving yards (1,535).

The best team right now, though, has to be the Green Bay Packers. No one can think of the Packers without thinking about Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers is having an MVP-type season. He has thrown 48 touchdown passes and only five interceptions. Both are career highs for him, and he led the NFL in each category.

So with only two weekends until the Super Bowl, the eight remaining teams look to do what the Browns showed everyone last week: Anything is possible.