Outkick’s AFC and NFC Championship Gambling Picks

Jan 14, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) throws against the Seattle Seahawks during the second quarter in the NFC Divisional playoff at Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports Brett Davis

Hate to brag, but last week our Outkick gambling picks went 4-1. Our only loss came in the Steelers at Chiefs game. I blew that one. 

Otherwise we were nearly perfect. 

So this week I’m back with two more picks for the final weekend with multiple regular season football games until the last week of August. 

Yep, it’s a long football offseason ahead of us.

So the best way to enjoy the last weekend of the football season with multiple games? By going 2-0 with my picks:

Green Bay at Atlanta the over 60.5

Steelers +6 at Patriots 

That’s it, that’s my final two picks before the Super Bowl. You can hear a fifteen minute discussion on these games by watching today’s Outkick show below. 

Two bits of news here before I give you OddsShark’s gambling picks: 1. Outkick begins on SiriusXM tomorrow at 6 am et on channel 83. We will be live Monday-Friday from 6-9 am eastern on SiriusXM channel 83 so add that to your morning routine. 2. It’s still over a week away, but Outkick will be live from radio row for the entire week of the Super Bowl. So if you’re in Houston and you want to swing by and say hi to us, we’ll have a prominent place on radio row for all of Super Bowl week. 

Okay, here are the OddsShark picks:

It will all come down to two NFL conference championship games this Sunday to determine who earns the right to play for the Vince Lombardi Trophy at NRG Stadium in Houston on February 4 in Super Bowl 51.

Three of the four teams playing have already won the Super Bowl, with two of the four quarterbacks winning league MVP honors at some point during their respective careers. The fourth team going for its first Super Bowl title is the Atlanta Falcons, led by league MVP favorite Matt Ryan. It is worth noting that no MVP has won the Super Bowl the same year since Kurt Warner in 1999.

Packers at Falcons (-5) (Sun, 3:05 p.m. ET) Matchup Report

The road team is a remarkable 10-1 against the spread in the past 11 meetings between Green Bay and Atlanta. While that is indeed an amazing betting trend, these Packers are really hurting at wide receiver, meaning the magical ride of super signal-caller Aaron Rodgers will finally be coming to an end in the NFC Championship Game.

Rodgers has been nothing short of spectacular during Green Bay’s eight-game winning streak, but there is only so much he can do if Davante Adams is hobbled and Jordy Nelson cannot suit up. The duo combined to score 26 touchdowns during the regular season, including one in the previous meeting between the teams, so take the much healthier Falcons.

Steelers at Patriots (-6) (Sun, 6:40 p.m. ET)“ Matchup Report

This might be the most intriguing AFC Championship Game of the six consecutive that New England has played in while going 2-3 straight up and 1-4 ATS in the team’s previous five appearances in the contest. Like the Packers, the Patriots have also won eight straight games, but Pittsburgh has won nine in a row and somehow found a way to defeat the Kansas City Chiefs last week on the road without even scoring a touchdown.

The odds of that happening again at Gillette Stadium are slim to none, although the Steelers do have the offensive firepower to challenge New England with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, running back Le’Veon Bell and wide receiver Antonio Brown. No team in the league can match that group in terms of talent right now, so look for Pittsburgh to keep this matchup within the number and potentially pull off the upset.

Written by Clay Travis

OutKick founder, host and author. He's presently banned from appearing on both CNN and ESPN because he’s too honest for both.