NFL Games of the Week feature the two NFL Conference Championship games, as the Jacksonville Jaguars visit the New England Patriots, while the Minnesota Vikings visit the Philadelphia Eagles. These matchups can be seen on CBS and FOX on Sunday, January 21. The Patriots are solid home favorites in the first game, while the Vikings are road favorites in the second game. Let’s look at the two games, NFL Conference Championship Game odds and NFL Conference Championship Game picks.
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Jacksonville Jaguars vs. New England Patriots
Date and Time: Sunday, January 21, 2018, 3:05 p.m. ET
Location: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA
Opening NFL Wild Card Playoff Odds at BetCris: Patriots -8, O/U 47
Jaguars vs. Patriots TV Coverage: CBS
The Jacksonville Jaguars will try and pull off a second straight upset, as they visit the New England Patriots on Sunday. Not many people thought the Jaguars could win in Pittsburgh, but the Jaguars shocked the Steelers. The Jaguars have an outstanding defense, but they will be going up an explosive New England offense led by Tom Brady.
History is definitely not on the side of Jacksonville, as the Patriots are 10-1 in the playoffs against AFC South teams under head coach Bill Belichick and a perfect 10-0 at home. This will be the seventh straight year the Patriots are playing in the AFC title game and they are 5-1 at home. The Patriots have won their last seven playoff games at home by an average margin of 18.3 points per game.
If the Jaguars are to win this game they will have to get pressure on Brady and create turnovers. The Jaguars have the top-ranked pass defense in the league and they had 55 sacks this season. Jacksonville will also have to run the ball effectively, something they did last week against the Steelers. Jacksonville is 5-1 this season when Leonard Fournette runs for 100 yards or more.
The Jaguars are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 meetings at New England. The Jaguars are 12-5 ATS in their last 17 vs. the AFC. The Patriots are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 playoff home games. The Under is 8-2 in the Jaguars last 10 vs. the AFC. The Over is 7-0 in the Patriots last 7 playoff home games.
Jaguars vs. Patriots Free Picks
Despite the Jaguars winning last week at Pittsburgh, I still can’t see Bortles going into Foxboro and beating the Patriots. I will lay the points and take the Patriots in this contest.
Jaguars vs. Patriots ATS Pick: Patriots -8 at BetCris
Jaguars vs. Patriots Score Prediction: Patriots 24, Jaguars 10
Minnesota Vikings vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Date and Time: Sunday, January 21, 2018, 6:40 p.m. ET
Location: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
Opening NFL Wild Card Playoff Odds at BetCris: Vikings -3, O/U 38.5
Vikings vs. Eagles TV Coverage: FOX
The Vikings got a miraculous win last week against the Saints, while the Eagles surprised the Falcons. Both teams have excellent defenses, so this figures to be a low scoring game. The teams have not met since Week 7 of the 2016 season when the Eagles beat the Vikings. Both teams are much different than they were then and each has a different starting quarterback, as the Vikings are now led by Case Keenum, while the Eagles have Nick Foles in place of the injured Carson Wentz.
The Vikings are 5-3 ATS on the road this season, with four games going over and four going under. The Eagles are 5-3 ATS at home, with five of the eight going under the total.
The Vikings are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Philadelphia. The Vikings are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 playoff road games. The Eagles are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games. The Under is 4-1 in the Vikings last 5 playoff road games. The Under is 4-0 in the Eagles last 4 home games. The Under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Philadelphia.
Vikings vs. Eagles Free Picks
This is a tough game to call in terms of the side, but it should be a low scoring game, as the Vikings have the top defense in the league, while the Eagles have the fourth-ranked defense. I will go under the total in this contest.
Vikings vs. Eagles Wild Card Playoff Pick: Under 38.5 at BetCris
Vikings vs. Eagles Score Prediction: Vikings 17, Eagles 13
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