UFC 253 comes packed with fireworks from both inside the octagon and the betting lines as middleweight king Israel Adesanya settles his grudge with the unbeaten destroyer, Paulo Costa. Both fighters are explosive strikers and with ill will all but guaranteeing heated exchanges. Co-headlining are red-hot fighters Dominick Reyes and Jan Blachowicz facing off for the vacant light heavyweight title. Let's break down these fights and see which bets we can cash.
NFC Championship Odds: Falcons vs Packers Preview and Prediction
Atlanta Falcons vs Green Bay Packers
The Falcons and Packers are the two hottest teams offensively. The Falcons, opening as a -180 favourite will be in the friendly confines of the Georgia Dome where they have been torching their opponents. They finished in the top-five in every major offensive stat. The Packers enter as a +160 underdog and live one as they upset the mighty Dallas Cowboys in thrilling fashion. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers O are getting things going and at this rate they can beat anyone.
Besides the Pittsburgh Steelers, there are nary any team that have the three-headed monster the Falcons have with QB Matt Ryan, WR Julio Jones, and RB Devonta Freeman. Ryan achieved career-highs in every major passing category including a league-leading QB Rating of 117.1. Even if "Matty Ice" only performs to 75% capacity he'll still have the benefit of having the all-world talent of Jones and Freeman. Rodgers doesn't have the same talent on his Packers team and his best receiver Jordy Nelson is banged up but he has a Super Bowl and the playoff experience edge.
Falcons vs Packers NFC Championship Prediction
It's tough to bet on the Falcons in this spot. The Seahawks had a better defense than the Packers and they were taken apart with relative ease. Rodgers and the Cheeseheads are essentially going into a shootout on enemy turf with less ammunition and smaller guns. The Falcons' main advantage is the rushing game but But the two-time NFL MVP and former Super Bowl champion is the definition of a complete quarterback. Whether he's firing from the pocket or engineering last-minute Hail Mary touchdowns, he is the better signal caller and should win another nail biter.
NFL Conference Championships Fixtures and Odds
The Conference Championships is like a warm-up for the Super Bowl if warm-ups meant a life-and-death situation for all the players. It's arguable this stage produces more classic games than the actual big game and both fans and gamblers tune in record numbers to catch the action. Many flock to the top online sportsbooks
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