NFL Conference Champ Picks 2017 NFL Conference Championship Predictions: Green Bay Packers 12-6-0 VS Atlanta Falcons 12-5-0 (-5), Pittsburgh Steelers 13-5-0 VS New England Patriots 15-2-0 (-5.5)

2017 NFL Conference Championship Predictions



Tom Brady has now guided the New England Patriots to six consecutive AFC Championship games.





Chris Ransom Last Updated: January 17, 2017.



4. Green Bay Packers 12-6-0
Versus
2. Atlanta Falcons 12-5-0


Chris Ransom's Pick


I still lead and am now 166-98 despite after going 3-1 in the divisional round. Tanya Holmes went 3-1 in the divisional round. As a result she's now 165-99 only one game back. Oren Shiri is now in third place with a 162-102 record with a 3-1 divisional round record. Jason Bantle went 3-1 in the divisional round making him 161-103 on the year Jesse Lucas went 2-2 again putting him at 160-104 on the year.


Why the Green Bay Packers Will Win: Green Bay is getting Jordy Nelson back. That's a huge motivator for the Packers. Desmond Trufant was out when Atlanta beat Seattle at cornerback, but that was mainly a revenge game. This game is also a revenge game since Atlanta beat Green Bay 33-32 in the regular season.


Unlike last time, Green Bay's defense is pretty much healthy for the most part. Damarious Randall may be able to blanket Julio Jones as well. Also Clay Matthews may have the advantage over his younger brother.


Why the Atlanta Falcons Will Win: Julio Jones can go off. He needs to catch all his receptions away from Randall though. Kyle Shanahan has to use him away from Randall as offensive coordinator.


Matt Ryan has to play like he did last week and get a lot of time in the pocket if he wants to win the NFC. Jake Matthews has to go up against his older brother Clay Matthews by protecting Matt Ryan's blindside. Center Alex Mack is facing Kenny Clark at nose tackle for the Packers.


Prediction: Atlanta is a 5 point favorite. The minimum bet is $175 dollars, the maximum bet is $205 dollars with the average gambler betting around $190 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 61 points. I am taking the under. Green Bay wins and covers with Aaron Rodgers carving Atlanta.


Final Score Packers 28 Falcons 25





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3. Pittsburgh Steelers 13-5-0
Versus
1. New England Patriots 15-2-0


Chris Ransom's Pick


@CockyBelichick is my favorite Twitter user of all time. His twitter feed is that epic. He always inserts the #kisstherings hashtag and it is badass. I'm going to post his 5 best tweets on our site every week like David Letterman does with his top 10 jokes until the owner of this twitter feed requests I take them down because his tweets are that epic. I did this last year and plan on doing it once again in 2016. Let's go with the top 5 Tweets from the divisonal roundweek with the Patriots beating the Texans to make the 2017 AFC Championship game.



Super Bowl 51 is in TexASS. The last Super Bowl in TexASS featured the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers. History may repeat itself if you don't take care of business on Sunday. #TrustInBelichick




Truer words have never been spoken.




I had the Packers beating the Patriots to win Super Bowl 51 in July. Signing Aaron Rodgers dad could change things though.




Yep. Also the Patriots are 5-1 against the Steelers in the playoffs with Pittsburgh's win only coming in 1998.




Would the Patriots be Thomas Edison or the Amish Community? I'm a little confused by this analogy. Saying Pats vs Steelers is similar to Thomas Edison VS Nikolai Tesla would simplify things greatly.



Why the Pittsburgh Steelers Will Win: This is Pittsburgh's first AFC Championship appearance since the 2011 AFC Championship where they defeated the New York Jets. That was the last AFC Championship that didn't feature Tom Brady.


Ben Roethlisberger, Le'veon Bell, and Antonio Brown is a remarkable offense. Maurkice Pouncey at center VS Malcolm Brown will be a critical match to watch in the trenches. New England also has the fewest points allowed on defense. Ben Roethlisberger is 3-1 in AFC Championships with the only loss coming during his rookie season to Brady and the New England Patriots.


Why the New England Patriots Will Win: Tom Brady is facing a Steelers' defense that has momentum. It also has a bunch of younger players on defense. Even though the Steelers boast one of the best offenses, the inexperience on defense will lead to the Steelers either losing this game or Super Bowl 51 assuming they can beat the Patriots.


New England is 30-19 all time in the playoffs as well. New England is 23-9 under Tom Brady in the playoffs. I think Edelman can pick apart Pittsburgh's secondary. Chris Hogan should also be a factor as well. I think Malcolm Butler, Logan Ryan, Patrick Chung, and Devin McCourty are too formidable for Pittsburgh to handle at defensive back unless Pittsburgh can get fewer penalties than New England, but either way I expect a high scoring game unless officiating influences this game in Pittsburgh's favor.


Prediction: New England enters as a 5.5 point favorite. The minimum bet is $205 dollars, the maximum bet is $245 dollars with the average gambler betting around $225 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 51 points. I am taking New England to win and cover with the under in a offensive game with its fair share of defensive moments as well.


New England has covered their last 6 games on the point spread. I think New England finds a way to win and cover with the over in a very high scoring shootout. I've been extremely impressed with how Pittsburgh has played, but I've been saying since July that I expect Rodgers to defeat Brady in Super Bowl 51.


Final Score Patriots 31 Steelers 24





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