The NFL Conference Championship round of the playoffs is taking place this Sunday, January 24, 2016, as the four remaining teams play to make it to Super Bowl 50 this season. Here is a list of the betting odds and lines plus the over/unders for the two NFL Conference Championship playoff games taking place this week on Sunday, January 24, 2016.
The four remaining teams are the four highest seeds in the playoffs this season. There have been no real upsets so far in the NFL playoffs. Will that continue to be the case this weekend?
- New England Patriots -3 at Denver Broncos (O/U is 44)
Despite the fact that New England has to travel to Mile High to play the Denver Broncos the Patriots are favored to beat the Broncos by three points Sunday afternoon. The Patriots beat the Chiefs rather easily, 27-20, while the Broncos lucked out when Fitzgerald Toussaint fumbled the ball with the Steelers leading 13-12 and driving for another score in the 4th quarter and Denver won their game, 23-16, in the Divisional round of the playoffs last week.
Tom Brady is now 22-8 lifetime as a starting NFL QB in the playoffs while Peyton Manning improved his record to just 12-13 in the playoffs. Clear advantage there to the Patriots. The Broncos must rely on their defense and home field advantage if they are going to beat the Patriots this week. If the Patriots are healthy enough they should be beat the Broncos this week and advance to defend their Super Bowl title.
- Arizona Cardinals +3 at Carolina Panthers (O/U is 47)
Did the Carolina Panthers take advantage of the slippery field conditions at the start of their game vs the Seahawks to grab at 31-0 halftime lead? Because the Seahawks dominated the second half of that game after they got the proper cleats on and the field dried up a bit as the Panthers hung on to win 31-24. You could see the Seahawks players changing their cleats on the sidelines during the first half to try and get better traction.
The Arizona Cardinals beat the Green Bay Packers 26-20 in OT after Aaron Rodgers made a couple of spectacular plays to get the game to OT. Carson Palmer won his first ever playoff game to improve his record to 1-2 in the playoffs but he did not play great in the game. Cam Newton improved his playoff record to 2-2. If Carson Palmer comes out and plays great the Cardinals can beat the Panthers this week on the road as an underdog. The Panthers played a very weak NFL schedule this season.
Neither one of these franchises has ever won a Super Bowl. Both Carolina and Arizona have each played in a Super Bowl but both lost. Obviously either the Cardinals or the Panthers will be in the Super Bowl this season. So one of these teams can remove their name from the list of 13 NFL franchises that have yet to win a Super Bowl in 2016.