My Fantasy Pick’em: Conference Championship Picks
Our My Fantasy Pick’em weekly column will move onto the playoffs! After a successful 17-week regular season of picks, we crowned one champion of all champions.
After a crazy Divisional Round in which we saw two favorites (Dallas and Kansas City) go down to lower seeds, we move onto the Conference Championship’s in each conference. We have a tie for first place in our playoff picks as Brandon Reid and Jeremy O’Neill stand atop everyone else at 7-1. Will any of our other NFL writers be able to catch them?
Brandon Reid: 7-1
Dan Schalk: 5-3
Orlando Torres: 6-2
Jeremy O’Neill: 7-1
Michael Gomez: 5-3
Erion Jordan: 6-2
Conference Championship Picks
Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots
Dan Schalk: New England Patriots. Give me the Patriot Way. The Antonio Brown-Facebook Live saga doesn’t seem like it will translate on the field, but the Patriots know they are in the Steelers head a bit after their mid-week banter back-and-forth. The only way Pittsburgh wins is if they sack Brady 5+ times and continue to pressure him all game. I’ll take Tom Brady and Bill Belichick at home please.
Brandon Reid: New England Patriots. I predicted New England to make the Super Bowl weeks ago so I’m not going to waiver off of that pick. I will say that Pittsburgh has all the ingredients to win the Super Bowl and those ingredients are hot and baking right now. The Steelers are a more balanced team than the Patriots. However, as I have said early in the season with our pick’em pieces, I refuse to pick against New England any longer, especially at home in January. Pittsburgh will have to capitalize off field position with touchdowns though. Six field goals will not beat the Patriots in Foxboro. This should be a great AFC Championship game.
Orlando Torres: Pittsburgh Steelers. I know I know call me crazy. Everywhere I looked nobody really has Pittsburgh over New England, but breaking down the matchup it’s actually not the hard to predict. It can go either way, Brady and Belichick have been unstoppable at home, especially during the playoffs but when I look at it, it comes down to this… Who would you rather have? Le’veon Bell or LeGarrette Blount? Antonio Brown or Julian Edelman? Obviously you’re taking Brady over Big Ben, but both QB’s have a nice track record, I think Pittsburgh pulls off the upset here setting up high-powered offense battle at the Super Bowl.
Jeremy O’Neill: New England Patriots. The Steelers offense can’t afford to settle for so many field goals against a team like the Patriots. I just can’t see the Steelers defense being able to slow down Tom Brady enough.. Patriots win.
Michael Gomez: Pittsburgh Steelers. Despite Belichick unleashing a flu on the Steelers leading up to this weekend’s showdown, Pittsburgh is too offensively gifted to be stopped. Brady is missing his best weapon, and the Steelers have Bell and Brown. It’s time for the Steelers to get their revenge.
Erion Jordan: Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers are the perfect matchup for the Patriots. They’re physical, proven Super Bowl team, and have a pretty good defense. I saw Tom struggle last week and I think Steelers will get pressure on Brady.
Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons
Dan Schalk: Atlanta Falcons. Aaron Rodgers will not have the “luck” or I mean the swiss cheese Cowboys secondary to pick apart all game. The Falcons won’t come out flat like Dallas and the Packers defense will finally show they are not good (like the second half last week in Dallas).
Brandon Reid: Atlanta Falcons. I also predicted the Falcons to make the Super Bowl weeks ago and nothing has happened in the mean time to persuade me otherwise. This should be a shootout. I still think the Packers magic is about to run out, and the Falcons are the more complete team. Atlanta will have a GREAT advantage in the run game, especially indoors on the turf. My BOLD prediction of the weekend is that this will not be a close game and will have folks changing the channel pretty early. Something in the neighborhood of 34-20 Falcons.
Orlando Torres: Atlanta Falcons. Looking at the game I almost feel bad for the defenses… well not really. This game has shootout written all over it. But when it comes down to it Atlanta is the better built offense. Again all Green Bay needs is a healthy Aaron Rodgers as we saw last week, but I think Atlanta’s defense will make key stop when needed, and even if Jordy Nelson does play he’s not going to be at 100%, and will have a tough time getting through Atlanta’s pass defense
Jeremy O’Neill: Green Bay Packers. This should be one of the highest scoring playoff games ever, it could come down to which quarterback makes the first mistake. I’m betting Matt Ryan will be the one to make that mistake and Packers advance to the Super Bowl.
Michael Gomez: Atlanta Falcons. After one of the best games in NFL playoff history, Green Bay looks to be firing on all cylinders. However, Atlanta showed that their offense can breakdown even the best defenses, scoring over 30 points in their last 7 games. Green Bay’s roughed up secondary is going to have a rough day.
Erion Jordan: Atlanta Falcons. I like the Falcons over Packers. Matt Ryan will outplay Aaron Rodgers this Sunday. He is the MVP for a reason. Packers have too many injuries, and won’t make enough defensive plays to stop the Falcons.
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