As one commenter posted on my divisional round picks post after last night’s games were completed:
Wow, I would say you were very inaccurate and think you should stop taking picks. I throttled you by taking the obvious, being the opposite of all your playoff picks. Did you even pick ONE winner? Don’t quit your day job!
I really wish that there was some way that I could defend myself; alas, there is not. After a stellar regular season during which I picked 57% of the games correct against the spread, I am now 2-6 in the playoffs. I’m beginning to feel like Norv Turner.
And speaking of Norv Turner, I now realize that I trusted him and Wade Phillips last week. Anyone reading my picks should have immediately stopped listening to me right there. What was I thinking? Regardless, it is now time to turn the page to a conference championship round with two incredibly intriguing games.
On one side, Minnesota and Brett Favre travel to New Orleans to battle the Saints in a matchup of the NFC’s two best teams from start to finish.
On the other side, the Jets provide the one Cinderella story of this year’s NFL playoffs, and also provide the Colts with a chance to truly exorcise those Week 16 demons. You remember Week 16, right? The Colts sat their starterts in the second half despite holding a 14-0 record at the time. A month later here come the Jets, now red hot, with a chance to end Indy’s perfect season and it’s playoff season.
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- Some games do not have all of the information filled in as of this post being published (i.e. a few games don’t have spreads yet and the announcer assignments have not yet been announced). I’ll up date this post as soon as the information is available at the506.com.
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And with all that said, here is the TV schedule, the point spreads, the announcers, and Jerod’s free picks, for the semifinal round of the NFL Playoffs.
AFC & NFC Conference Championship Game Viewer’s Guide
TV Schedule – Announcers – Kickoff Times – Matchups
Point Spreads – Free Picks – Odds – Over-Unders
AFC Championship Game: New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts
- Jets-Colts AFC Championship Game Date: Sunday, January, 24th
- Jets-Colts AFC Championship Game Kickoff Time: 3:00 ET
- Jets-Colts AFC Championship Game TV Network: CBS
- Jets-Colts AFC Championship Game Announcers: Jim Nantz and Phil Simms
- Jets-Colts AFC Championship Game Point Spread: Colts -7.5
- Jets-Colts AFC Championship Game Over-Under Odds: 40.5
- Jets-Colts AFC Championship Game Spread Pick: This game features a terrific contrast of styles of experience. On one side, the Colts are a pass-first team with one of the most experienced and cerebral quarterbacks in NFL history. This is also a team with a lot of players who have playoff and Super Bowl experience. On the other side, the Jets are a run-first team led by a rookie quarterback. Their strength is defense, and very few of the Jets’ players have ever gone far in the postseason. Because of all that, the 7.5 point spread seems perfectly reasonable, despite how well the Jets have played the last two weeks. And while I tempted to go with the Jets here, I think the Colts showed against Baltimore that there is no rust and that they are still on a roll despite what happened in weeks 16 and 17. The Jets have been a great story, but I think it ends here. Mark Sanchez beating both Carson Palmer and Philip Rivers on the road certainly seemed implausible two weeks ago, but he did it. The rookie beating Peyton Manning in Peyton’s own backyard, well that seems really implausible. Yes, the Jets will make things difficult on Manning, but he’ll make things pretty difficult on them too. It’s been a great ride for the Jets, and this is definitely a team of the future in the AFC, but the present belongs to Peyton and the Colts, and I think they score enough to win by 10+ in this one. Jets-Colts free pick: Colts -7.5
Who will win the AFC Championship Game?
- Indianapolis Colts (66%, 535 Votes)
- New York Jets (34%, 273 Votes)
Total Voters: 808
NFC Championship Game: Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints
- Vikings-Saints NFC Championship Game Date: Sunday, January, 24th
- Vikings-Saints NFC Championship Game Kickoff Time: 6:30 ET
- Vikings-Saints NFC Championship Game TV Network: FOX
- Vikings-Saints NFC Championship Game Announcers: Joe Buck and Troy Aikman
- Vikings-Saints NFC Championship Game Point Spread: Saints -4.5
- Vikings-Saints NFC Championship Game Over-Under Odds: 52.5
- Vikings-Saints NFC Championship Game Spread Pick: How exciting is this game going to be? For the first 10-11 weeks of the season, the Vikings and Saints appeared to be on a crash course for the NFC Championship game. They both stumbled a bit down the stretch, making the NFC playoffs seem wide open. But the Vikings and Saints dominated their divisional round opponents and now get ready for what will be a wild, rocking night of aerial football in the Superdome. My first instinct is to go with the Saints to win this game because they are at home. There are concerns, however, that make me think Minnesota is a great bet to cover and to possibly even win outright. The Saints’ much maligned offensive line must block the Vikings’ terrific defensive front. We saw in the Dallas game what happens when that does not happen. That Saints’ defense also must be able to contain Brett Favre through the air and Adrian Peterson on the ground. New Orleans bottled up the Cardinals pretty well, but Minnesota’s offense is even better and has everyone healthy. I can’t wait for this game, and I would definitely bet the over. I think we are in store for one of those last-team-to-get-the-ball-wins kind of games, which is why I’m picking Minnesota to cover. 4.5 points is a lot to give Brett Favre, even on the road. I would expect to see that line at about 3 or 3.5 by the time Sunday rolls around. Vikings-Saints free pick: Vikings +4.5
- MSF: NFC Championship Game Tickets
Who will win the NFC Championship Game?
- Minnesota Vikings (61%, 715 Votes)
- New Orlreans Saints (39%, 457 Votes)
Total Voters: 1,170
Enjoy conference championship weekend everyone. We’ve gotten a lot of blowouts this year during the playoffs, but hopefully the Jets-Chargers game from last weekend got us on track for some close, competitive, exciting games.
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