Friday, January 20, 2017

2016-2017 NFL Picks: Conference Championship Weekend

Regular Season: 164-88-2
Wildcard Weekend: 3-1
Divisional Weekend: 4-0

Sunday, 1/22
Green Bay @ Atlanta: Atlanta
Pittsburgh @ New England: Pittsburgh

Green Bay has been a dramatic dynamo this season. Aaron Rodgers has carried this team, but the road ends in Georgia. Jordy Nelson is not 100%, nor is Rodgers himself. There's too much going against them, and the Falcons are the highest scoring offense this year, even scoring above their 33 PPG average last week against the Seahawks, one of the better defenses in the NFL, which the Packers are not.

Now, for the explanation of the second game. I know I said I was biased, and the fact that I was wrong a little less than a third of the time in picking Steelers games this season means my judgement may be questionable, but New England struggled to out play the freaking Texans in the first half last week. The Steelers, meanwhile, couldn't generate any TD's on offense against the Chiefs. But Brady has a lot on his shoulders and no Gronk to help him out, while Ben has his killer B's (Brown and Bell) for a dual pronged attack that should get back on track this week. It's time for Big Ben to prove he's one of the elite quarterbacks in the NFL, and winning the AFC Championship at Foxboro would be just the thing.

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