Sunday, 18 January 2015

NFL Post Season: Championship Round (SU, v SPR & PROPS picks)


2014-15 NFL POST SEASON: CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND
TEAMS
GAME PICK (SU)
GAME PICK (vSPR)
GB v SEA
GB
GB (+7.5)
“THE LAST PLAY”
A rivalry is beginning to brew between these two titans of the midway and, with another shot at a Super Bowl title reliant on the outcome of this showdown, expect some bad blood to be spilled this Sunday in Washington State. The running ability of SEA RB Lynch is sure to give the traveling Pack fits all game in this matchup, especially with rain in the forecast. However, GBay boasts a particularly talented runner upfront themselves in RB Lacy and their receiving corp should surely strike uncertainty in the hearts of the ‘Hawks secondary (though, with as swelled as SEA CB Sherman’s head is at the moment, I’m uncertain if he were speeding towards a brick wall if he’d flinch a muscle). Seattle dismantled the Packers on the West Coast in Game 1 of the 2014-15 NFL Regular Season. Expect some payback here in the form of a well-balanced offensive attack orchestrated by the league’s (at-the-moment) most talented QB in conjunction with some stringent defence, particularly vs the run where GBay failed to surrender more than an average of 88 yds per game to any RB in the second half of their Regular Season campaign. No need to double check – GBay wins on the road here.


IND v NE
NE
NE (-6.5)
“THE LAST PLAY”
The Pats put a hurting on IND QB Luck & Co. earlier this season when they visited Lucas Oil Stadium, holding the home side Colts to a combined 19 yds total yards rushing (15 of which were gained by Colts QB Luck himself) and winning by a margin of 22-pts. The Colts tightened some screws with regards to the rush since that encounter, limiting underachieving RB Richardson’s carries and, quite possibly, uncovering a starting rusher for their coming 2015-16 campaign in RB Herron. However, NE at home in the playoffs with the possibility of a final bid for a Super Bowl on the line for arguably the NFL’s greatest player-coach tandem (Brady & Belichick) is a hard pill to swallow for any traveling team, even one that boasted the top-ranked passing offence in the league. Play the odds, play history, play experience, play the Pats.

PROPS PICKS
GB v SEA
PLAY AWAY: RODGERS UN 274.5, NELSON UN 85.5, PASS UN 47.5, FGM OV 44.5
STAY AWAY: LACY UN 74.5

IND v NE
PLAY AWAY: BRADY UN 297.5, LAFELL OV 63.5, RUSH UN 24.5, FGM OV 44.5
STAY AWAY: GRONKOWSKI UN 88.5

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