There are a boatload of NFL trends for Conference Championship Weekend that could help the betting public add a much-needed boost to their bankroll just in time for the Super Bowl.
Let's start in the NFC, where the Green Bay Packers will face the Chicago Bears. The NFC North rivals split the regular-season series with a win apiece at home.
However, the Bears were 2-0 ATS in those two games and despite home-field advantage this weekend they're a 3-point underdog at [custom:bodog-link].
Being the underdog may not be a big problem for the Bears. In the last three NFC Championship Games not only has the underdog won ATS, but they've also won straight-up. Also in favor of the Bears is that the home team is 5-1 in the last six NFC title games and the underdog is a solid 7-3 ATS in the last 10.
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Overall, the over under trend has been squarely favoring the OVER in the past six seasons. In 12 games, the OVER prevailed 10 times, good for a money-making 10-2 mark.
Home teams have also been a solid bet on the moneyline, as they are 8-2 SU the past five seasons.
The Packers and Bears have a similar history in the title game with both franchises owning a lifetime 2-2 record both SU and ATS in the game. The Packers' last appearance was in 2008 when they lost to the Giants 23-20 as a 7-point home favorite, while Bears won their last appearance in 2007, 39-14 over the Saints as 3-point NFL betting chalk.
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Over in the AFC the matchup is the Jets at Pittsburgh. They also met up during the regular season in Week 15, when New York upset the Steelers 22-17 as a 4-point road underdog.
The Steelers have appeared in more conference championship games than any other team, and Sunday's game will be their 15th. They're 2-0 SU and ATS in their last two AFC title games, but before that they had lost five in a row and in their last eight they are 3-5 both SU and ATS.
The Jets are in the conference championship game for the second straight year and for the fourth time in franchise history. Last year's game ended badly, a 30-17 loss to the Colts as a 7.5-point underdog. In fact all of their trips to the conference championship game have gone badly, as they are 0-3 SU and ATS. [ Jets vs Steelers matchup stats and trends ]
Not only are team history and the oddsmakers favoring the Steelers this weekend at -3, but so are the trends. The home team has won the last four AFC Championship Games while going 3-1 ATS. Pittsburgh has covered in four straight games at home in January and they're 6-2 SU in their last eight at home in the month.
The Steelers are also 7-3 SU in their last 10 against the Jets, and before their Week 15 loss Pittsburgh had never lost a home game against them in five chances.