Penn teams favored in NFL title game lines
They face each other every preseason, proud programs, state rivals and fierce competitors. And this year, oddsmakers predict that Pittsburgh and Philadelphia will face each other in the Super Bowl.
At least that’s the way the NFL Conference Championship odds have shaped up since the lines opened Monday.
NFC conference championship odds - Philadelphia Eagles -4 at Arizona Cardinals O/U 47.5
Nobody would have predicted this match up for the NFC Championship game, but here we are, as the 9-7 Cardinals and 9-6-1 Eagles will battle for the right to go to Super Bowl XLIII.
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Even though the game is in Arizona, the Eagles are 3-point favorites according to the conference championship odds at SportsBetting.ag
The Eagles are in the NFC title game for the fifth time in eight years, and have gone 1-3 SU. On the other side of the coin, the Cardinals have only hosted three playoff games since 1947 and two of them have been this season.
The Eagles already played in Arizona this season and they crushed the Cardinals in that game 48-20.
The key to this game may be turnovers, as that hurt the Cardinals in the regular season. During the season, the Cardinals had 30 turnovers (15 interceptions 15 fumbles), but in their two playoff wins they only have two turnovers. If the Cardinals turn the ball over, the game may be a repeat of the regular-season 48-20 drubbing inflicted on them by Philly on Thanksgiving Day.
The Cardinals offensive line has to give QB Kurt Warner time to throw the ball, as the Eagles defense will come after him early and often. The Eagles defense also has to contain WR Larry Fitzgerald and not allow him to make the big play. Anquan Boldin is also expected to play for Zona.
Eagles’ RB Brian Westbrook will need to pick up some yards against a Cardinals’ defense that has been impressive in the playoffs.
OddsBlogger Pick: The Eagles are on fire and playing with a ton of confidence and their offense can move the chains rushing the ball and through the air, while the Cardinals are a one-dimensional offense. Look for the Eagles defense to come up with some huge stops and even though the Cardinals will make it a close game the Eagles will win and advance to the Super Bowl.
The Eagles will not cover the spread in a close game and the total will go over, as each team will score a few touchdowns. Looking for a true expert opinion on which team will win? Check out the experts at DocSports here at OddsShark.com and BUY NOW!
AFC conference championship odds - Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers -6 O/U 34.5
Don’t look for a high-scoring contest in Pittsburgh, as the top two defenses are featured in this game and these two teams will pound the hell out of each other.
According to conference championship odds at SportsBetting.ag, the Steelers are 6-point favorites with a total of 34.5.
These two teams have played twice this season the Steelers won both of those games. The key to this game will be which team’s offensive line can protect the QB against the ferocious opposing defense.
Steelers’ RB Willie Parker is finally healthy and if he has a good game the Steelers should win the game. The weather will be a big factor in this game, as the temperature should be in the below freezing and there is a 40% chance of rain/snow. If there is a downpour, the Steelers have the advantage, as they have a better rushing attack.
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger has been here before and Ravens’ QB Joe Flacco is a rookie, but has not looked like on in the playoffs.
OddsBlogger Pick: Even though it is very hard to beat a team three times in a season, that’s exactly what the Steelers will do in a low-scoring game. Look for the Steelers to come up with some big plays on offense and their defense to shut down the Ravens’ offense, as they will cover the spread.
The total should be under, as there will not be a lot of scoring.
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