There’s little doubt that the Saints, Patriots, Chiefs and Rams are the best four teams in the NFL this season and it’s great for viewers to see them fighting it out in this Monday’s Conference Championships.
The Rams take on the Saints to kick off the double-header on Monday morning and that should be a good defensive battle. Following that, we’re going to see a lot of offense as the high-flying Chiefs look to make the Superbowl against the formidable Patriots.
We have free tips and form for both NFL Conference Championship games this week and we can’t wait!
7:05am New Orleans Saints vs. LA Rams @ Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Both the Saints and Rams come into this game having survived a scare in the Divisional Round as the Saints held off the Eagles and the Rams did enough to beat the Cowboys.
It wasn’t a vintage Saints performance as they were down 14-0 in the first quarter, but Drew Brees and the defense stepped up to rally 20-14. It wasn’t as slick as expected and Alvin Kamara was relatively quiet, but Michael Thomas was tough to handle at the wide receiver position.
Rams come into this with a 30-22 win over the Cowboys after leading 30-15 late in the game, so the score might not reflect their dominance, but there were some mistakes made throughout the game. Coach Sean McVay has been known to make some odd plays but we wonder if that inexperience will hurt the Rams in this situation.
We don’t doubt that McVay will try something off-the-cuff in this game, but will it be at the right time? Saints coach Sean Payton likes to try risking it himself, but he has plenty of playoff experience under his belt and he knows when to pull the trigger.
Rams QB Jared Goff looked impressive at the start of the season but he has had his recent troubles. He has thrown 12 intercepts and usually they have come at the wrong side of the field. Compare that to the best passer rating in the NFL, Drew Brees has only five intercepts.
This game could come down to two things; the first being the Rams defense needing to slow down the rhythm of Drew Brees and secondly how Jared Goff will manage field position. The pressure seems to be on the Rams to perform in this game, which leans us towards the Saints with home field advantage.
Betting tip: Saints –3.5 @ $1.91 (BET NOW)
Saints by 10
10:40am Kansas City Chiefs vs. New England Patriots @ Arrowhead Stadium
To say we’re excited about this game would be an understatement as the two best attacking teams go head-to-head in an all or nothing game at Arrowhead.
Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes has been a revelation this season with an incredible 50 touchdowns. The second-year player seemingly doesn’t care who he has to throw to, he’ll put the ball right on the money and can go the length of the field in one play.
It hasn’t all been smooth sailing for the Chiefs, which lost running back Kareem Hunt during the season due to an off-the-field incident. The Chiefs defense also ranks as one of the worst in the league and although they have been better in recent weeks, Oakland and the Colts offense aren’t the best yardsticks.
That defense will be ultimately tested by the Patriots, who have the NFL’s best quarterback in the arsenal at the ripe age of 40. Tom Brady continues to show that it doesn’t matter how old or who he has to throw to, he can put the numbers up.
He was in control when posting 41 points against the Chargers last week and although the Patriots defense allowed 28 points, 14 of those came in the last seven minutes of the game when it was already a done result.
Getting the Patriots with points never happens in Conference Championship games and it’s tough to back against Tom Brady in this situation, especially against a young Chiefs team with a suspect secondary defense.
This will be a classic shootout, but as Brady showed in last year’s Superbowl, it doesn’t matter how far behind they are, his class will pull them through.
Betting tip: Patriots +3 @ $1.91 (BET NOW)
Patriots by 5