Fearless Forecast

Fearless Forecast

By Lance Tominaga, ESPN Honolulu Web Editor.

The NFL’s version of the “Final Four” takes place tomorrow, with the winners advancing to football’s grandest stage: Super Bowl LV. ESPN Honolulu will bring you both games tomorrow, starting with the Green Bay-Tampa Bay contest at 9:00 a.m., followed by the Kansas City-Buffalo game. Here are my picks for each game:

TAMPA BAY @ GREEN BAY: A blustery snow storm is expected to dump two to four inches of snow in Green Bay before Sunday’s game, but it’s not cold weather is foreign to Tom Brady. While the Packers have the home field advantage, they’re playing a team that is absolutely peaking at the right time. The Bucs know they can beat the Pack; they already whupped them, 38-10, last October, and they’ve improved a lot since then. For Green Bay to win this game, Aaron Rodgers will have to deliver another MVP-worthy performance. The Bucs are going to put points on the scoreboard, and the Pack will have to match them drive for drive. I think they will be able to do just that. Pick: PACKERS

BUFFALO @ KANSAS CITY: Most people predicted Buffalo would be an improved team this season, but few thought they would be this good. The Bills are one of the real positive stories of the season, thanks to the exceptional play of third-year QB Josh Allen. The former Wyoming Cowboys signal-caller passed for more than 4,500 yards and 37 TDs in the regular season, and some observers are favorably comparing him to Patrick Mahomes. But let’s not get too crazy here. The Chiefs have explosive weapons on offense and the imaginative play calling maximize their talents. Buffalo has an outstanding defense, but I just don’t see them containing Mahomes and Co. on Sunday. Pick: CHIEFS

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