2. Rams vs. 49ers
Storyline: Grudge Match
Thus far, the 49ers have owned the Rams. The Rams let the 49ers into the playoffs when they could have ended their season. Not only that, but the 49ers snapped the Rams streak of winning when they had the lead going into the half by coming back from a seventeen-point deficit. If the 49ers beat the Rams again and win the Super Bowl, they will be like the Packers when they won their Super Bowl beating the Bears, who were the head of the division at the time. Then, beating the Bears again in the conference championship.
On the flip side, the 49ers could be the perfect opponent for the Rams because they represent a correctable mistake. If the Rams beat the 49ers and win the Super Bowl, they get that 49ers monkey off their back and successfully bet on themselves to win a Super Bowl, all-in-one fell swoop.
Speaking of betting on yourself, the 49ers can talk all they want to about Trey Lance. However, there is no way in hell they are moving Jimmy G if he wins a Super Bowl. It's easy to say you will now when he might not, but Jimmy G has an all-time high winning percentage, even if he doesn't win the Super Bowl. Still, Jimmy is under a lot of scrutiny and is playing for his football future, and he has to play well. Stafford is playing for his legacy. He has done a great job so far. Anybody who wasn't aware of how good Stafford is knows now. I am excited to see these two divisional rivals that do not like each other face off with everything on the line.
1. Bengals vs. Chiefs
Storyline: Grand Opening or Grand Closing?
The Bengals and Chiefs is actually another rematch. In their first match, the Bengals lit the Chiefs up. The only problem is people don't beat the Chiefs twice. It just doesn't happen. Can the Bengals do it? Will we see the Bengals end the Chiefs fledgling dynasty, or do the Chiefs still run the AFC? The Chiefs barely escaped last week against the Bills and were torched by the Bengals the first time. It will be interesting to see what happens next time. Plus, the Chiefs defense randomly shows up and the Bengals offense randomly disappears. Both of these could play a factor. Hopefully, this will be the first of many faceoffs between the two teams.