Well, the weather outside is frightful, but betting on hockey is so delightful. When you’re climbing over people to get the last L.O.L Surprise Doll thingy for your daughter, put your feet up and turn your attention back to where the violence should be happening: The NHL. So pour a stiff drink as we take a look at who is favored to win The Stanley Cup this year.
NFL Conference Championships Odds, Predictions and Live Scores
Will the Packers and Falcons game turn into a shootout of epic proportions? Can the Pittsburgh Steelers make it 10 in a row? The Conference Championships are beginning and we couldn't ask for better matchups than these 2. The Falcons and Patriots are favored to advance, but is this the right call considering how well Aaron Rodgers and LeVeon Bell have been playing? We have picks and predictions for both Championship games just ahead, so let's get into it and be sure to stay with us for live scores of the events!
Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons, January 22
BET GREEN BAY PACKERS +5 at BET365
This NFC Championship matchup is sure to have everything... well except defense. They say defense wins championships, but these teams seem to have been faring well without it. The Green Bay Packers are ranked 21st in points allowed, and 31st in pass defense.
Aaron Rodgers will have to lead his team to an epic 8th straight win. If anyone can do it, it's him. Rodgers has a stunning 21 TDs to 1 INT in that run, with a 117.9 passer rating while averaging almost 300 yards per game with a 68.9% completion rate. Sounds incredible, but if there's anyone who can match that, it's Matt Ryan.
The Atlanta Falcons and Ryan are in the same boat as the Packers. Their stats are slightly better when it comes to pass defense, ranking 26th in the NFL, but their points allowed is far worse, ranked 27th. Ryan will have the same job as Rodgers, essentially to win his team the game, as per usual. He finished the season with a 117.1 passer rating which not only led the league, but was ranked 5th best in NFL history. Throwing for 4944 yards with 38 TDs to a mere 7 INTs, Ryan proved his average to be close to Rodgers' best. But will Rodgers be at his best this weekend?
Early money has come in on the Falcons, but this could potentially give us a better number on the Packers. This far in the game, experience wins out, and Rodgers has been here before. Trends tend to mean less in the playoffs, but it's still important to note that between these two teams, the road team is a perfect 5-0 ATS in the last 5, the underdog is 8-2 ATS in the last 10, which both favors the Packers, and lastly, the Packers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 in Atlanta. What we can put more value in is the Packers' 5-0 ATS in their last 5 playoff game record, along with a 4-1 ATS record in their last 5 Conference Championship games. The Falcons, on the other hand, are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home playoff games, and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 playoff games. The game stats are even, but trends and experience favor Green Bay heavily. Take the Green Bay Packers at +5 or higher.
Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots, January 22
BET PITTSBURGH STEELERS +6.5 at SPORTSINTERACTION
There's no better way to end the final playoff game before the Super Bowl, than with these two AFC powerhouses clashing in the Championship game. Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers are happy to be here, but they won't let that make them take their eye off the prize. Big Ben's been here before, going 3-1 in his previous AFC Championship games. It's his first time back since 2010. And while he awaits revenge for the Steelers' AFC loss to the Patriots in the 2004 playoff season, eyes will be on RB LeVeon Bell as well, who has carried this team during the playoffs. He's averaging 168.5 running yards per game these playoffs, breaking a franchise record two weeks in a row. His last game at Arrowhead, he has 170 yards off 30 carries.
For the New England Patriots, the Bill Belichick plus Tom Brady duo could be their key to success. Brady usually does superb against the Steelers, with a lifetime record of 9-2, with 26 TDs to 3 INTs. If they can shut Bell down, it will be just another game that they win, but will they cover? Brady did have a bit of difficulty last week against the Texans, having to rely on RB Dion Lewis.
He does still have a 112.2 passer rating with 28 TDs to only 2 INTs in the games he played following his suspension. The Steelers are in a better spot here, that is for sure. They are 2-0-2 ATS in their last 4 playoff games, while the Pats have been inept this late in the season.
They do not cover that much in the playoffs, especially in the Conference Championship game, where they are 1-6 ATS in their last 7. It's possible they win, but to cover the 6.5 seems like a stretch at this point in the season. The Super Bowl is the next game, so if Belichick is up late in the game and decided to rest some players, a backdoor cover is entirely likely, and this specific game is the prime situation it could happen in. The Pats even have a good chance to lose this after the way Bell has been playing. Take the Pittsburgh Steelers at +6.5.
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The Super Bowl outright market is narrowing down, and from the 4 teams left, only the Pittsburgh Steelers are worth the price. The Patriots could easily lose this game because we project the Steelers to win this game ATS, bearing a chance to win outright as well. Against Matt Ryan or Aaron Rodgers, the Steelers would matchup great. Defense wins championships and it's lacking in both the Falcons and Packers. Priced at a long 5.00 (or +400), the Steelers could surprise. Atlanta is favored to move on, and Big Ben would have a much easier time with the Falcons than the Packers. At this price, they are the only pick with value. Take the Pittsburgh Steelers at +400.
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