Black Quarterback: NFL Conference Championship Picks
By Brandon Simmons
NFL Conference Championship weekend has finally arrived and I am here to deliver the picks for this weekend’s matchups.
The first matchup I’m picking will be between the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots. This has shootout written all over it given that the Colts has a league –leading offense and the Patriots have Tom Brady. Last week, the Colts were able to “hold” Broncos QB Peyton Manning to around 211 yards passing. However, those quotes are around simply because the future hall-of-famer was reported to be playing through injury which makes a world of difference. But Brady will not be hurt and the suspect Colts defense will have to find a way to overcome the experience of Belicheck. But in this matchup, that will not be possible so I am rolling with the Patriots. While they do not boast a strong offense compared to the Colts,( ranking only 11th to the Colts’ 3rd ) they boast an arsenal of weapons such as WR Brandon Lafell and TE Rob Gronkowski as well as a running game that is just step above their opponent.
The next matchup is between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks. This is a classic matchup of a great offense in the Packers going up against a great defense in the Seahawks and a rematch form this season’s nationally televised opener. Last week the Packers escaped their controversial win against the Dallas Cowboys by putting up convincing numbers. Rodgers threw for 316 yards, including WR’s Randall Cobb and Davante going over 100 receiving apiece. Those passing numbers look good, but one of those receivers will be covered by cornerback Richard Sherman, the same Sherman who Rodgers did not target in the first game. But both teams are completely different from that time and I believe that the Seahawks will have the upper hand.
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