NFL Conference Championship Preview

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

By Andrew Ryan
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NFL Conference Championship Schedule with Conference Championship Betting Lines

AFC Championship Game – Sunday, January 21

Jaguars 47

Patriots -8.5

The road to the Super Bowl has almost never been this easy for the Patriots. New England was a double-digit favorite in both of its games in the 2008 playoffs off of its perfect 2007 season, but aside from that, this is the first time it has been favored by more than a touchdown in each of its two games in the AFC playoffs.

The Patriots are giving 8.5-points in the AFC Championship Game. With one tick up to -9, it would be the biggest spread in a conference championship game since those 2008 playoffs.

The Jaguars are thought to be overmatched by a wide margin in this game, but then again, they were thought to be the lesser team by a ton last week against Pittsburgh. There's no doubt they were the better team on the field on this day.

Still, there's a difference between the Steelers and the Patriots. New England has won seven straight playoff games in Foxboro, and it has never been beaten by the Jags here at home. To say that this is a big, uphill battle for the Jags is an understatement.

This is going to be the biggest challenge in Blake Bortles' career, and there's a chance that he's playing for his job. He might be the winner of two playoff games in a row, but so was Mark Sanchez, and he didn't make it in New York all that long. Bortles has barely completed half of his passes in the postseason. He's a far cry from Tom Brady, a man who has been the most successful quarterback in NFL playoff history.

NFC Championship Game – Sunday, January 21, 2018

Vikings 38

Eagles +3

The Eagles are the most disrespected No. 1 seed in the history of the NFL. They were the first No. 1 seed in NFL history to be underdogs against a No. 6 seed, and they were the first top seed to be dogs in their first playoff game. Now, they're the first No. 1 seed to be a dog twice in a row to start off a postseason.

For all that Nick Foles did wrong at the end of the regular season, he played a great game against Atlanta last week. If Foles can go 23-for-30 for 246 yards for a second straight game, Philadelphia is going to have a great shot of getting to the Super Bowl.

The Eagles have been playing with a lot of swagger, and they aren't going to be intimidated by the Minnesota defense.

Case Keenum and the Vikings have been unstoppable this year. They're now 14-3 on the season, and they have only been beaten once since October 1. They needed a major miracle on the last play of the game to beat the Saints, but they were definitely up for the challenge brought by the NFC South winners.

Keenum isn't putting up monster numbers, but he doesn't have to with the way the rest of the team is playing around him. The defense was fabulous against a great New Orleans offense last week in the Divisional Round of the playoffs, and that's going to be the calling card to get this team to the Super Bowl.

Should the Vikings hold serve and knock out the Eagles, they'll become the first team to play in the Super Bowl in their home stadium in NFL history.

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