NFL Conference Championship Picks

01/24/2021

NFL Conference Championship Picks

Hector Vazquez

REGULAR SEASON RECORD 187-68-1

LAST WEEKS RECORD 3-1

OVERALL PLAYOFF RECORD 7-3

We have arrived at the conference championship round. Thirty-two teams started and we are down to four teams.  What does these teams have that the others didn't have? Is it coaching? Could it be that their determination to "never die" attitude motivated them throughout the season? However it played out, it has brought them to this journey. I am excited for this Sunday because it will be a heavyweight fight. Let's look at a couple of fun facts before I make my picks...

  • The Buffalo Bills are riding on an eight game winning streak and are 11-1 in their last 12 games. (a Hail Mary by Kyler Murray prevented a 12 game winning streak).
  • Tom Brady is now going to play in his 14th conference championship game, 1st in the NFC.
  • The Kansas City Chiefs are playing in their third straight conference championship game all at home.
  • The Green Bay Packers are playing in their second straight conference championship game...
  • Andy Reid is the only coach to take two teams, one from each conference, (Eagles & Chiefs), to three straight conference championship games, and hosted all of them.
  • The last time the Bills and Chiefs played in the AFC championship game, January 23, 1994, when Buffalo won 30-13.. Jim Kelly defeated Joe Montana.
  • both games this week are week 6 rematches... TB 38 GB 10, KC 26 BUF 17

We have four possible super bowl matchups, three of them would be a first time, the other would be a rematch from super bowl 1 Packers 35 Chiefs 10

Four possible matchups, one has played in this years regular season...Chiefs def Bucs 27-24


Buccaneers at Packers

The Packers look unstoppable on offense especially with Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers passing efficiency. That can be a problem for the Buccaneers. Against the Los Angeles Rams, Rodgers went 23-36 296 passing yards and two touchdowns.  Linebacker Rashan Gary and Defensive Tackle Kenny Clark combined for three sacks. I don't see green bay making the same mistakes twice that allowed Tampa Bay to generate five sacks and two interceptions. On the other side of the ball, you have Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady continues to perform regardless of his age (father time can't seem to get a hold of him, LOL).  Brady has a loaded group of receivers at his disposal and Bucs running back Ronald Jones, II  torched the packers defense with 113 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Two of the greatest quarterbacks will have us on the edge of our seats. It may just come down to who has the ball last. Will Lambeau field be much of an advantage for the packers? Or will history continue to repeat doom for green bay? Can Brady continue his dominance over Rodgers head to head?

My pick: PACKERS

Bills at Chiefs

Chief's quarterback Patrick Mahomes will be the factor in this game. He is day to day with the concussion protocol and his turf toe injury.  Does this gives Buffalo an edge? Time of possession was a key factor in week 6 for Kansas City winning. However, the Bills are not concerned seeing how the colts and ravens also dominated that category. So with Mahomes in question, their defense will have to step up to put pressure on Allen. These two teams are use to a high flying affair but this time around I see the defense stepping up and controlling this game. Can Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill beat the Bills secondary? Will  Sean McDermott (Bills Head Coach) have a different offensive scheme the second time around? Will Bills Wide Receiver Stefon Diggs have another 100yd receiving game? I believe this game will be epic. 

My pick: BILLS