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Hello, it’s Monday, and if it’s alright with you, I’d like to be insufferable for a bit before getting to tonight’s picks. The NFL’s Divisional Round games were played over the weekend, and the winners were the Chiefs, Bengals, 49ers and Eagles. That means the Chiefs will host the AFC Championship for the fifth straight year, and the 49ers will play in the NFC Championship for the third time in four years.

Kansas City, Cincinnati and San Francisco also reached the conference title games last season. Philadelphia is the lone newcomer, and the Eagles went 14-3 to earn a first-round bye.

Why am I mentioning this? Well, because I’m a college football writer, and for years I’ve had to deal with people telling me expanding the College Football Playoff is the only way to bring parity to the sport. The NFL expanded its playoff to 14 teams last year. It went from giving four teams first-round byes to only two, and guess what?

It’s still the same teams reaching this point of the postseason.

One might start to believe that, when it comes to parity in the NFL, people aren’t talking about different teams being able to win the Super Bowl. Instead, it’s that you don’t see 35-point favorites in NFL games like you do in college games.

Parity doesn’t exist when it comes to champions. In the NFL, you either have the QB, or you don’t. In college, you have 5-star players, or you don’t. No matter how many teams you put in your playoff, that will never change.

Thank you for suffering my thoughts on this subject for the billionth time. As a reward, here are some excellent stories to read, followed by some picks that could win!

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