NFC & AFC Championship Game Picks
3:05 PM EST
Packers -3.5 over Bucs (loss)
It’s amazing that Tom Brady has taken the Bucs all the way to a conference title game at 43 years old and in his first year with the team. He is the greatest of all time. Aaron Rodgers on the other hand had a remarkable season, but if he loses this game people will start to talk about his playoff failures. Tom Brady is a great cold weather QB, but is his team a great cold weather team? The answer is no and it will show today on the field. Green Bay has been the top scoring offense and they protect the ball on offense. This offensive line has protected Rodgers and I believe they can put up points at home against this Bucs Defense that might not have their footing on this cold and slippery surface. The safeties for the Bucs are a little banged up as well. Tampa has offensive weapons as well, but Antonio Brown being out is a big hit. Look for Jaire Alexander to take away Evans or Godwin and force Brady to find other players. Ronald Jones has been banged up for a few weeks, but I do think Tampa can have some success on this Packers rush defense. This is going to be a great game, but in the end the Packers should run their offense a bit better. Rodgers is the master of drawing players offside and hitting the deep ball on free plays. Home field advantage is huge in this spot as a warm weather team will be affected by this weather. Take the Packers.
6:40 PM EST
Bills +3 over Chiefs (loss)
The NFL preaches player safety, but Patrick Mahomes playing shows you that is just not true. One week ago Mahomes was on another planet after his head hit the turf. The bigger injury is his turf toe. The Cold weather is going to really slow down this race car of a team and Mahomes not being 100% is a huge hit. Buffalo is built for this type of game. This team is tough and has a great passing defense. The Chiefs are also banged up at running back as Clyde Edwards-Helaire is not at 100%. This guy torched the Bills in the week 6 match up. Kansas City is a well coached team, but they are not the same team from last year that blew teams out. This team has not covered the spread for a few months now meaning they are winning, but their games are a lot closer than expected. Josh Allen has matured this year and his size and speed will be a problem for Kansas City. This is the best team in the NFL at picking up 3rd downs and the addition of Stefon Diggs makes this team worthy of a super bowl appearance. Take the Bills.
12:00 PM EST
Davidson -2.5 over UMass (win)
UMass loves to up the tempo, but Davidson plays at a slow pace which will frustrate this young team. Davidson is well coached and should turnover UMass and hit the three point ball against a team that isn’t that great on defense. UMass is banged up with some of their better players possibly out for this contest. Take Davidson.