Tag:nfc championship
Posted on: January 19, 2011 4:15 pm
 

NFL Playoff Picks - Conference Championships

Well, it seems my prediction of going .800 in the playoffs is not going to happen.  I stunk last week, losing 3 of the 4 games against the spread.  That pulls my playoff record back to .500 at 4-4.  If I can win the last three games I can go a respectable 7-4 but it will not be the .800 I predicted.  Either way those were some very good games last weekend and the two conference championships should be great to watch.  There has been one recurring theme this post season so far, if a team wins the rushing battle they win the game.  It has happened in all 8 playoff games so far and I believe that will continue throughout the rest of the playoffs.  Here are my predictions for this weekend...

Sunday - 3pm - Soldier Field - Green Bay Packers (-3.5) at Chicago Bears - The Mole & Meares Show Pick - Green Bay Packers

The national media is not giving the Chicago Bears any respect and I believe they will be playing with a chip on their shoulder this Sunday.  Unfortunately, the chip is not going to be enough to help them get past a red hot Aaron Rodgers and company.  Aaron Rodgers played like a man possessed against the Atlanta Falcons last week and although the Bears defense is definitely better than the Falcons, they are not going to be able to contain him for 60 minutes.  There is also the concern of a weak offensive line for the Bears going against a highly underrated Green Bay defense.  If Green Bay is able to get pressure on Cutler then watch out for Tramon Williams making another interception and adding to his playoff high tally of 3 already.  The only way that the Bears have a chance in this game is if Devin Hester can make some explosive plays on special teams.  With that said, I will gladly give the points and take the Packers in Chicago.

Sunday - 6:30 pm - Heinz Field - New York Jets at Pittsburgh Steelers (-3.5) - The Mole & Meares Show Pick - Pittsburgh Steelers

These two teams are evenly matched.  Both teams have great defenses and offenses that are built around the run.  This game will be won in the trenches and the Jets have one of the best offensive lines in the game.  The Jets O line only allowed 28 sacks during the regular season, the least of any of the four teams left in the playoffs.  On the other hand, the Steelers defense has recorded the most sacks during the regular season between the teams left.  One of these lines are going to win this battle and my money is on Dick LeBeau's defense.  I think Pittsburgh is going to shut down the Jets running game and confuse Sanchez and cause him to make mistakes and that is one thing you can't do against the Steelers, turn the ball over, just ask the Ravens.  The Jets are also coming off an emotional win last week agains their arch rivals.  With that said I am taking my second favorite of the weekend and I will give the points and take the Steelers at home.

Do you agree?  Leave your opinion below.  Also don't forget to visit my online NFL picks show at www.moleandmeares.com where we make our predictions for the games and add in some humor.  

Meares
 
 
 
 
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