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Published on January 18th, 2017 | by sbbadmin

2017 NFL Conference Championship Sunday Betting Odds

As head to the second to last Sunday of the NFL year (the Pro Bowl doesn’t count), we find ourselves with two excellent matchups on tap. The New England Patriots will fight the Pittsburgh Steelers for supremacy in the AFC, while Matt Ryan and the Falcons will try and ice the NFC in a date with the Green Bay Packers. Let’s take a look ahead at the odds for these upcoming tilts.

2017 NFL Conference Championship Sunday Betting Odds

Pittsburgh Steelers (+6) vs. New England Patriots (-6)

The Pittsburgh Steelers deserve to be in this game. The Patriots, well after their last playoff performance, we have our doubts. There’s no question the Pats lit up the NFL this year, but the struggled mightily at times against a very weak Houston squad last Saturday. Never the less, here we stand and the Steelers are six point underdogs. As far as the odds go, this game is very appealing. Pittsburgh has been on an absolute tear the final few weeks of the season and thus far in the playoffs. Antonio Brown is averaging well over 100-yards per game while Le’Veon Bell is averaging over 160-yards per game on the ground. Now, give those are just post season numbers only, and there have also only been two games. They’re pretty shocking though right out of the gates.

The Patriots defense had a bit of trouble last week with the Texans in the first half and if the Steelers can catch them sleeping again, they’ll be in big trouble. The big difference between Pittsburgh and Houston is that the Steelers will make you pay. They’ve got the fire power and ground support to take on any team in the league. So if New England starts this game a little shaky, we could potentially have a major upset on our hands. Look for the Steelers to keep it close in this one.

Green Bay Packers (+4.5) vs. Atlanta Falcons (-4.5)

This could be the new ‘Brady vs. Manning’ or ‘Marino vs. Elway’… Aaron Rodgers vs. Matt Ryan. One is a two-time MVP, while the other could take him his first Most Valuable Player award for his work this season. Aaron Rodgers is currently riding an eight-game win streak, while Matt Ryan led the league in yards per attempt (9.26) and quarterback rating at 117.1. This could the latest and greatest player rivalry in sports.

Behind Matt Ryan is an undeniable ground game as well. The reason the Falcons nabbed that NFC bye, isn’t because they walked out of an easy division – they didn’t – it’s because they have one of the deadliest arsenals in the game. Julio Jones is arguably the best wide receiver in football, while Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman are arguably the best one-two punch. In the NFC Divisional playoff tilt with Seattle last week, Freeman and Coleman put up 204 all purpose yards and two touchdowns in the win. They were absolutely instrumental then and will be vital to the Falcons Super Bowl hopes moving forward.

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