We are only three games away from finding out who will be the Super Bowl LI Champion. As expected, lines have been jumping up and down since right after the Division Round games during the weekend. The remaining four teams have proven to deserve a spot in the upcoming Super Bowl,0 and extra attention is needed to be paid because all of them tend to easily cover the spread.
NFC Championship Game
The Green Bay Packers and the Atlanta Falcons will open up the Conference Championship Games, next Sunday, January 22nd. Kickoff is scheduled at 3:05 ET and it promises to be one hell of a game.
The Falcons opened up the lines as a clear favorite. They arrived at the conference game as one of the best offense during the whole season, and the Packers defense has not been as strong as Green Bay fans wish. Nonetheless, after their thrilling 34-31 last-second victory against the Dallas Cowboys, the team received an injection of adrenaline and power, especially when they were a +5 underdog for the Division Round Game.
On the other hand, the Falcons are 10-6 against the spread in the regular season and just 3-5 against the spread at home. As for the Packers, including the playoffs, they are 5-5 against the spread, but they arrive on Sunday with an eight-game winning streak and averaging over 32 points per game, while the Falcons led the NFL during the regular season with 33.75 points per game.
Here is another interesting fact: major books are setting the total line around 60, which apparently is the highest ov/un line in playoff history. So far, major books all over the world have:
- Falcons: -4
- Ov/Un: 60.5
AFC Championship Game
It is no surprise that all sportsbooks have the New England Patriots as favorites against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Next Sunday will be the Patriots’ sixth straight appearance in the AFC Championship Game. The Patriots are +150 favorite to win all the way, with a 34.8 percent chance to win the Super Bowl.
New England has won and covered in their last five games when favored by double digits, but have been a disappointment when given a narrow difference. So far, major books all over the world are setting Patriots at -5.5. As for the Steelers, they arrive on Sunday with an overall record of 13-5 (6-3 on the road) and they have an 11-6-1 record against the spread. Five of their last nine straight victories were on the road. However, if the Steelers want to get the spot in the Super Bowl LI, they need Big Ben and the rest of their offense to get as sharp as possible. So far, major books all over the world have:
- Patriots: -5.5
- Ov/Un: 51.5