Outkick’s OddsShark NFC and AFC Title Game Previews

Now that it’s championship Sunday I am adding in my gambling picks for the AFC and NFC title games today. After my picks will be the AFC and NFC previews from the crew at OddsShark.

Okay, here we go, I’ve got the Patriots -7.5 over the Jaguars and the Vikings -3 over the Eagles. 

There you have it, Patriots-Vikings Super Bowl coming in two weeks. Reminder, we’ll be live in Minnesota for Outkick the Coverage all Super Bowl week long.

See y’all there.

On to the OddsShark preview.

The Minnesota Vikings survived one of the most thrilling finishes in NFL playoff history last Sunday when they rallied for a 29-24 win over the New Orleans Saints in their Divisional Round matchup after blowing a 17-0 lead.

Now the second-seeded Vikings visit the top-seeded Philadelphia Eagles in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game as 3-point road favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com trying to become the first team to host the Super Bowl in their own stadium two weeks from now.

Wide receiver Stefon Diggs was the hero for Minnesota versus New Orleans with the game-winning touchdown catch, and he and his teammates will next attempt to guard against a letdown at Philadelphia facing a team that has risen to the occasion as a home underdog in the postseason.

The Eagles are a perfect 4-0 straight up as home dogs in the playoffs dating back to 1980, also covering the spread in 11 of the past 14 meetings with the Vikings, according to the OddsShark NFL Database.

The defenses will likely decide this NFC title game matchup, with a low-scoring game expected by the oddsmakers based on the total of 38.5. That said, the under has gone 6-1 in the previous seven January games for Philadelphia and 8-1 in the last nine for Minnesota on the road during this month. The question is, which quarterback will make more mistakes between Nick Foles of the Eagles and Case Keenum of the Vikings?

A similar question could be posed in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game – at least defensively. Future Hall of Famer Tom Brady leads the New England Patriots into their seventh straight conference title game and first against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Brady’s counterpart Blake Bortles has played well through the first two games of the postseason for Jacksonville, but his critics are still waiting for him to implode. This would seem to be the perfect spot for that to happen considering the stakes involved.

While the Jaguars have arguably the most physically talented defense remaining, the Patriots have won the past seven meetings in the series (5-2 ATS) and sit as 9-point home favorites. New England is also riding a 10-1 ATS run overall and has covered seven of eight in the playoffs going back to the team’s 2015 AFC Championship Game victory.

Odds to Win Super Bowl LII

New England Patriots +105

Minnesota Vikings +210

Philadelphia Eagles +625

Jacksonville Jaguars +650

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.