The four highest scoring offenses in the league, and the top two seeds in each conference have mad the Conference Championship games this weekend. The winners of these two games play the Superbowl at the end of the month
Sunday 20th January
8.05pm GMT Los Angeles Rams at New Orleans Saints
For the first half of the season, Jared Goff was right in the mix for the MVP award alongside the likes of Brees, Patrick Mahomes, Philip Rivers, and Tom Brady. But Goff cooled off in a big way down the stretch, before getting things going again in the final two weeks of the regular season. He was just OK against the Cowboys, though.
Whether or not he returns to form and can keep up with Brees in this matchup will go a long way toward determining the outcome.
The Saints have arguably the most electrifying and dynamic collection of offensive skill positions in the league. Brees has been operating at an absurdly efficient level for years and is a surefire Hall of Famer. Running backs Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram, along with Thomas, hung 45 points on the Rams back at the start of November. It’s tough to see this playoff game turning into quite the same shootout (a 45-35 Saints win), but the offenses should still both have the edge when it’s their turn.
The Saints already have proven that they can beat the Rams at home. Their offense is just too powerful to imagine anything less than a 30-point performance. If they’re able to do that, it takes a lot of pressure off the defense. The deafening Superdome is an advantage, too. I think the Saints win and cover -3.5 at 10/11 with SkyBet
11.40pm New England Patriots at Kansas City Chiefs
For just the third time in eight seasons, the New England Patriots will travel for the AFC Championship Game.
The Patriots take on the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium next Sunday at 6:40 p.m. ET. The Patriots lost their last two road AFC Championship Games, both to the Denver Broncos.
The Patriots blew out the Los Angeles Chargers 41-28 at home Sunday to advance to the conference title game. Despite the dominant win, they’ll still be three-point underdogs against the Chiefs. That means Vegas considers the two teams equal. The Chiefs get a three-point boost for home-field advantage.
The Patriots beat the Chiefs 43-40 in Week 6 at Gillette Stadium.
I think the favourite Chiefs win and cover here, -3 at 10/11 with Skybet