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NFL Conference Championship Picks

Welcome to what some may say, is the best weekend in the NFL.

After an 8-0 start (I say humbly) I anticipate a complete disaster from here out with my picks.

No team is hotter right now than the Packers, winning the last 154 games in a row (joking) in the most incredible ways (Not joking) that include Jared Cook pulling off his best Michael Jackson impersonation.

Don’t overlook Matt Ryan though. The Falcons offense has been just as good and the NFC championship game in Atlanta is a major deal.

Taking a peek at the AFC, well.. It’s the same cast of characters you’re used too. Big Ben and the killer bees roll into Foxborough for an afternoon date with hoodie genius and the Patriots.

Tom Brady, while hated by most, has a chance to end the greatest bar stool discussion in history. Greatest QB in NFL history? Hands down Tom Brady if he wins one more ring.

Lots of drama! Lots of fun! The NFL never disappoints. Let’s get into it.

  • NFC Championship: Green Bay Packers Vs. Atlanta Falcons.

A tale of two QB’s. It’s been the best QB winning in just about every playoff game this year. Rodgers over Prescott. Ryan over Wilson. Leading us to the discussion of who truly, is better?

Aaron Rodgers. Where do we even start with this guy? He doesn’t have a true RB all year long, left for dead in week 10 and he just wins baby. A span of 20+ TD’s to ZERO.. I repeat ZERO INT’s at one point gets his team to the NFC title game.

Rodgers is on a career path that will have him in the discussion for top 5 of all-time among QB’s, however he needs major playoff success. I believe Rodgers needs this game more than Ryan, though most would disagree.

We’re talking about a career attempting to break the biggest of names ever in league history. Not only that, the story of this year would be iconic in the Rodgers career list of achievements. It’s not only what they could do, but how they would’ve done it.. Assuming it happening.

The Packers have been hit badly by health issues. Christine Michael now questionable for the game is huge.

I’m not really sure if Jordy Nelson’s status really matters. We all know broken ribs will be a long process to heal. Even if he does heal, he’ll be used as a decoy.

Matt Ryan will have the opportunity to carve up a secondary that has shown it’s very vulnerable in the past weeks. Kyle Shanahan’s finest hour will be needed, crafting a game plan to expose the middle of the defense utilizing their deadly threats on offense.

Watch out for WR Taylor Gabriel in this game. He’s the little known receiver from Abilene Christian that caught 6 TD’s this year for an absurd 16.5 yards per catch. With Demarious Randall, plus just about every safety that Green Bay can throw at Julio Jones. Taylor Gabriel’s coming out party, may be on Sunday.

That said, my preseason pick for the NFC representative, was Green Bay. We’re this far. I can’t go against it.

The pick is Green Bay, +5.5. Rodgers begins to sculpt a potential top five hall of fame career with the win.

  • AFC Championship: Pittsburgh Steelers Vs. New England Patriots.

I’m going to make this short and sweet. I love Pittsburgh in this game. They too, were my AFC Super Bowl representative. (strains shoulder patting self on the back, NBD.)

The skill position players have been nothing short of excellent this year. Le’Veon Bell was on track for 2,900+ all-purpose yards if he started a full 16 games this year. That breaks the NFL record by 300 yards.

I find the ‘sickness’ going around both teams to be a tad overrated. If you know what these players have gone through, you’ll know that the best, rise to the occasion, no matter the situation and certainly when it comes to a simple sickness.

New England was shaky last week and the lack of Jamie Collins I think is monstrous here. Belichick is a master at taking away one option, but which are you taking away? Le’Veon Bell and the run? Ben Roethlisburger and Antonio Brown and the pass? Too many threats and bad news bears.

The pick is Pittsburgh at +6.

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