The final week before Super Bowl LV showcases two of the greatest QBs of all-time and two QBs looking to build their own legacies. The Conference Championship Round should not disappoint, with Tampa Bay heading to Green Bay, and Buffalo heading to Kansas City. Our NFL betting team looks at the Conference Championship Round betting lines and provides our picks and predictions for this weekend’s 2020-2021 NFL Playoffs.
All odds and lines are taken from Sports Betting Dime.
NFL Playoff Predictions and Picks: NFC Championship
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Green Bay Packers (-3.5)
As football fans, we could not have asked for a better Conference Championship matchup in the NFC. Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be traveling to Lambeau Field to take on the likely MVP winning Aaron Rodgers. It will be a battle between two of the best to ever play at the QB position. Who will come out on top in our NFL playoff picks?
What will the Buccaneers’ offense look like?
When comparing these two teams, you need to look at what the offenses have accomplished this season. Tampa Bay struggled out of the gate, with Brady needing time to gel with his new offense and his weapons. However, after their Week 13 bye, the Buccaneers averaged 37 points per contest, with Brady throwing for 1,333 yards and 12 touchdowns during that stretch.
As Brady’s rapport with his team improved, so did his wide receivers’ performance. Throughout the year, Brady has had Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and Antonio Brown all look like legitimate WR1s. However, the problem has been that all three of them have suffered from injuries. Brown will be out for this game, while Evans and Godwin are both dealing with injuries. This certainly affects the backdrop of these picks for the 2020-2021 NFL Playoffs.
Green Bay’s shutdown corner
While Rodgers and the offense are the focal points of the Packers’ success, another man who deserves credit is Jaire Alexander. The shutdown corner was targeted three times in the Divisional Round, where he allowed one catch for negative yards. Plus, Preston and Za’Darius Smith off the edge are both forces to be reckoned with.
Green Bay finished the season ranked 13th in opponent passer rating and eighth in sack percentage. The defense has been impressive. However, this is Tom Brady that we are talking about. There isn’t anything that the defense will be able to throw at him that he hasn’t already seen before.
I expect a high scoring affair in this one, with the Buccaneers outlasting Green Bay in the final minutes.
2020-2021 NFL Playoffs Conference Championship Round picks and predictions: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 34, Green Bay Packers 31
NFL Conference Championship Round Playoff Picks and Predictions: AFC Championship
Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs (-3)
The first game of Conference Championship Weekend is a battle of the veteran QBs, but the second game showcases two of the game’s future stars in Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen. With only a field goal spread between the two and question marks surrounding Mahomes’ health, can the Bills make it to the Super Bowl?
Buffalo is hoping Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs continue to impress
The most impressive part of this Buffalo team has been the connection that Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs have created in such a short amount of time. Diggs was traded to the team from the Minnesota Vikings, and he has immediately provided a legitimate WR1 option for Allen. Diggs finished the year with 1,535 yards and 8 touchdowns.
Meanwhile, Allen has taken a giant leap forward, completing 69.2 percent of his passes during the regular season, throwing 37 touchdowns to 10 interceptions.
Patrick Mahomes’ status key for NFL playoff picks
Mahomes was knocked out of last week’s game with concussion-like symptoms. If he is unable to go, it would be 11-year veteran Chad Henne who would take his place. If that is the case, the wrong team is favored in this matchup. Even with the return of RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, I would be hard-pressed to take this team without Mahomes, even if Edwards-Helaire had 161 yards in the team’s win over Buffalo earlier this season.
Another name to keep an eye on is CB Bashaud Breeland. If Breeland also misses this game, I don’t see how the Chiefs will stop Stefon Diggs. There are still several question marks with this game, but as of right now, I am leaning toward the Bills.
2020-2021 NFL Playoffs Conference Championship Round picks and predictions: Buffalo Bills 35, Kansas City Chiefs 30
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