Pro Football Playoff Preview and Predictions: League Championship Round

1/18/15
Green Bay @ Seattle 3:05pm
Betting: Over/Under: 47 Spread: Seattle -7

What to watch for:

Green Bay will travel to the Pacific Northwest to face Seattle in a raucous environment at Century Link Field. The fans, known as “The 12th Man” will be in a frenzy as Seattle will attempt to become the first team to make it to back to back Super Bowls since New England won it in 2004 and 2005. This will be the second meeting between these teams this season as they met in week 1 in Seattle as Seattle won 36-16. Seattle comes into the game firing on all cylinders as they have won 7 straight all by 10 or more points. Their defense has been especially stingy giving up a mere 8 points a game during the win streak. In Green Bay’s victory over Dallas, QB Aaron Rodgers was noticeably hampered by a calf injury. His limited mobility could be the difference maker as Seattle’s defense is among the fastest in the league. Seattle’s offense will also be shorthanded without WR Paul Richardson who went down last game with a torn ACL.

Prediction: Seattle 27-17

Indianapolis @ New England 6:40pm
Betting: Over/Under: 54 Spread: New England -7

What to watch for:

Indianapolis is in the AFC Championship game for the first time since 2010 when Peyton Manning guided them to a 30-17 victory of NYJ. New England will be making its 4th straight appearance in the game, but came up short in their last 2 performances. This will be the second time Indianapolis travels to Gillette field as New England made quick work of them in week 11 winning 42-20. Since that sobering lose, Indianapolis has recorded a 7-1 record. In just his 3rd year, Indianapolis QB Andrew Luck has seemed to make the transition from good to elite. He has a great receiving corps featuring T.Y. Hilton, future Hall of Famer Reggie Wayne, and TE Coby Fleener. After struggling to run the ball earlier in the year, Indianapolis RB Dan Herron has proved to be effective. Indianapolis hopes to keep the New England defense honest with the run game. The New England defense features one of the best secondaries in the league. Star CB Darrell Revis will be looking for redemption after a subpar game last week. New England ran the ball at will against Indianapolis in week 11 as Jonas Grey came out of nowhere to run for 204 yards and 4 touchdowns. Since then, QB Tom Brady has really developed chemistry with WR Brandon LaFell. As always, Brady will utilize All Pro TE Rob Gronkowski. The Indianapolis defense features undersized safeties which can be greatly exploited by the 6’7” Gronkowski. Expect a closer game than the week 11 game, but the same team should come out on top.

Prediction: New England 38-27

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