Weekly Gold — Divisional Round: The Stakes Are Higher Than Ever

Champions Round
5 min readJan 15, 2021

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The NFL Wild Card round is over, but the fun is just getting started here at Champions Round! It’s time to raise the stakes!

Our Seven Stakes contest is live and your picks are due by January 16th. This week’s slate features the Divisional Round games.

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Here’s how it works: Create or join a league with friends. We will ask seven questions which have multiple right and wrong answers. These are the stakes! Make your choices, watch the results live, the team with the highest score wins!

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You will be awarded points based on the Odds we have set. For example: If you pick the Tom Brady to have the most passing yards this weekend, you’ll earn 350 points! If he doesn’t, you get nothing. Those are the stakes!

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One last thing about our Seven Stakes game mode. We wanted to add in a charity component so here’s the deal: The LEAGUE that scores the most total points in our Seven Stakes contest will have a donation made by Champions Round to the charity of the league’s choosing. We will donate $1,000 in their names.

Yes, the goal is to beat your league mates. However, if you’re out of the running, you can still cheer on bets all the way through the Super Bowl. We’re all about crowning champions, but we can help uplift some folks along the way. That’s ultimately what we’re all about.


🥇 Wild Card Awards

Wild Card Fantasy MVPs:
Josh Allen, Nick Chubb, Stefon Diggs, Cam Akers, Jarvis Landry, Kareem hunt, DK Metcalf, Lamar Jackson, Hollywood Brown, Dionte Johnson, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Ben Roethlisberger, Mike Evans.

Wild Card Fantasy LVPs:
Russell Wilson, Chris Carson, Tyler Higbee, James Conner, David Montgomery, Allen Robinson, Jonnu Smith, Corey Davis, Ronald Jones, Antonio Gibson.

Wild Card MVPs:
1. Browns defense
2. Rams defense
3. Josh Allen
4. Cam Akers
5. Lamar Jackson

Post Wild Card Power Rankings:
1. Chiefs
2. Packers
3. Bills
4. Saints
5. Ravens

💰 Golden Nuggets — Divisional Round Predictions

Saturday, January 9th

Packers (-7) 24 — Rams 17
The Packers have been awesome all year and have one of the most potent offenses in football featuring the NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers. The Packers should be able to score enough to win this game. The big questions for the Rams is the injury report. Is Aaron Donald going to be at full strength? Is Jared Goff going to start? I trust Sean McVay to have a strong game plan, but this feels an uphill battle for LA.

Bills (-2.5) 24 — Ravens 21
The Bills offense keeps on cooking, while the Ravens offense did just enough against the Titans to win. The Ravens defense has been awesome for the better part of a month, while the Bills defense struggled versus the Colts. Can the Ravens take advantage of the Bills’ rushing defense? If they can, I see a path to victory. But do you really want to bet against the Bills in Buffalo right now? They’re the hottest team in the NFL. This should be a great one.

Sunday, January 17th

Chiefs 41 (-10) — Browns 24
The Browns are coming off an electric victory versus Pittsburgh and get their head coach back. The Chiefs haven’t played a meaningful game in almost a month. So, let down spot for Kansas City? I don’t think so.
The Browns won their Super Bowl last week against the Steelers. This feels to me like a get right game for KC.

Buccaneers 30 — Saints 27 (-3.5)
The Saints keep on humming, but watch out because Tom Brady is in playoff mode. New Orleans has beaten the Brady Bunch twice this year, but it’s really difficult to beat a team as good as Tampa Bay three times in a season. The Saints offense has sputtered at times and I think the Bucs can get enough pressure on Drew Brees to cause mistakes. I’ll take the Bucs in an upset.

🎙 The Champions Round Show: Divisional Round Preview

  • Divisional Round Gambling previews
  • Is Mike Tomlin’s job at risk?
  • Thoughts on Urban Meyer heading to Jacksonville
  • Best Bets

👀 Moments of Payne

Chase Claypool & Big Ben are stat padders and deserve to be home watching the playoffs. Did they really need that last touchdown in garbage time!? The answer is no! Down three scores with one minute to go, I genuinely expected them to kneel it out. Instead, Big Ben had to selfishly stick it to Drew Bledsoe by breaking the all-time completions record. At the same time, Chase can’t shake the “Notre Dame Produces More Hype Than Substance” chip off his shoulders.

That last TD cost me a fantasy victory. I won’t be forgiving these guys anytime soon.

Enjoy the Divisional Round weekend and get your Seven Stakes picks in now!