It’s the penultimate weekend of the NFL season, with the two Championship games to qualify for the SuperBowl.
First up is the NFC Championship clash between the New Orleans Saints and the Los Angeles Rams.
The Saints are at home and are three points favourites for this match. That said, the Rams have been excellent this season and with the bookies favouring the home side the value could lie with the visitors.
The Rams star running back this season has been Todd Gurley, but they did use the physically imposing CJ Anderson for short yardage plays last week, resulting in him scoring two touchdowns. He is quoted at 12/1 with bet365 to score the first TD today, and we think that’s a good price.
The second game sees the New England Patriots travel west to take on the Kansas City Chiefs.
This is a game gridiron fans have been waiting for since October, the last time the two sides met which resulted in a wild Pats win 43-40. This time the Chiefs are at home – so who knows!
One thing is for certain, the Pats will not underestimate the Chiefs this time (if they did last time) and will be keen to keep the ball out of the hands of the impressive Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. One way to do this would be to run the ball, which will keep the clock going. This would also make sense if the conditions were tricky.
The main running back for the Pats is Sony Michel, who scored a hat trick of touchdowns last weekend against the Los Angeles Chargers. We think the Pats will rely on his legs again, and take the 7/2 on offer that he scores two TDs.
Saints/Rams: Anderson (Rams) to score first TD, 1 pt, at 12/1, bet365
Chiefs/Pats: Michel (Pats) to score two TDs, 1 pt, at 7/2, Paddy Power
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