NFL Conference Championship Picks
I apologize for the delay in blogging the picks this week. I’ve been driving cross-country the last few days and am just now getting back to normalcy. Last weekend was disappointing, as the Panthers, our big play, let us down. Anyone following my twitter during the game saw that I was more than a little peeved by the officiating in the first half. The Panthers were clearly the superior team in the first half, but were hurt by their failure to score a single touchdown on two drives at the SF 1-yard line. The second half was a different story. I found myself yelling at the TV for Cam Newton to hurry the f*** up on seemingly every play. For a team down double digits, the Panthers played with the offensive urgency of a team up two scores. Running out the clock does not work when you’re losing, guys.
This week’s picks are based on consensus lines as of 1:30pm EST on Thursday afternoon. As usual, we do not factor in matchup factors or injuries (except QB). Massey-Peabody lines are based on M-P ratings and home field advantage.
Big Plays (17-10-1 YTD)
- none this week
Other Plays (33-20 YTD)
- Seattle -3.5 vs. San Francisco [MP= -6.6]
Break-Even or Better (18-17-3 YTD)
- Denver -5.5 vs. New England [MP= -7.8]
Seattle barely makes it into Other Play classification at a line of -3.5. Seattle becomes a Big Play at a line of -3; Denver becomes an Other Play at a line of -4.5.