Only one round separates us from Super Bowl LIII. This coming Sunday, we’ll finally know which among the last four teams standings will clash in a monumental meeting in February. The first game will feature the Los Angeles Rams locking horns with the New Orleans Saints, which will be followed by the New England Patriots’ meeting with the Kansas City Chiefs. Super Bowl 53 odds for each of our Conference Championship contenders are as such:
New Orleans Saints +180
Kansas City Chiefs +240
Los Angeles Rams +300
New England Patriots +350
Picks and Predictions for the NFL Conference Championship Round Weekend Games for the 2018-19 Season Playoffs
The Rams barged into the AFC title game by eliminating the Dallas Cowboys in the divisional round. All of a sudden, Los Angeles, which doesn’t really need more than a healthy Todd Gurley in the backfield, has stumbled upon a two-headed monster in their its attack, as C.J. Anderson turned out to be more than just an insurance policy for Gurley. Anderson has rushed for at least 123 yards in each of the Rams’ last three games. Gurley and Anderson are going to be a headache for the Saints, but it’s not like New Orleans does not have the personnel to make Los Angeles sweat bullets. For one, Drew Brees and Michael Thomas have been playing sweet music together in the team’s passing attack. The two were mostly responsible for New Orleans’ takedown of the Philadelphia Eagles last week at home. Another thing going in the way of the Saints is that they have home-field advantage in the conference championship round.
Writer’s Prediction: Saints win, 27-24.
Tom Brady has seen it all in football. He’s been in countless playoff appearances, but it’s rare that he and the Patriots play the role of a road team in this portion of the NFL season. Still, they will hit the field at Arrowhead Stadium with a psychological advantage over the Chiefs, whom New England outlasted in a shootout back in Week 6 in Foxboro, 43-40. Things have changed a lot since then though. For one, the Chiefs seemed to have finally the defensive prowess to complement the team’s offense. That was fully evident in Kansas City’s 31-13 home win over the Indianapolis Colts in which the Chiefs didn’t let Andrew Luck or anyone on the opposing team to get any offensive rhythm. That was saying a lot, considering the Colts had arguably the best offensive line in the entire league. The Patriots also have a sturdy offensive line, but at least the Chiefs passed their “training” in the Indianapolis game.
Writer’s Prediction: Chiefs win, 33-28.
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