NFL Conference Championship Free Picks

Analysis and predictions for both of the the NFL Conference Championship games from Howard Schwartz.

It’s Show Time

The season comes down to just three games. All four of these teams are playing at the top of their game and the stakes have never been higher. With a trip to Super Bowl 57 on the line, lets take a look and offer some free picks for the NFC and AFC Championship games.

San Francisco 49ers at Philadelphia Eagles
Line: Philadelphia -2.5 at BetOnline
Total: 45.5

The first game is at 3:00 in Philadelphia, between the Eagles and the 49ers. Both teams hit hard, play hard and deserve the honor to be playing on Sunday. Everyone has seen both teams, and each team has a full arsenal of talent to play with. The two unanswered questions on each team are, can the Eagles stop Christian McCaffrey and be able to put pressure on rookie QB Brock Purdy? If they do, it's game over.

NFC Championship game free pickCan the San Francisco 49ers stop AJ Brown from getting open to catch every ball in site and stop the Eagle running game? Both teams match up well and the NFC Championship game should be a close one.

In a closer look at the game, we do feel that the 49ers have a better Head Coach with more skills in planning a game plan on both sides of the ball. The secret weapon on the 49ers is their kicker Robbie Gould, who has been perfect in the last 2 playoff games. He was a perfect 4-4 against Seattle in FGs and 3 for 3 in extra points. In the division game he was again perfect in all four tries and 1-1 in extra points.

The fact that the in last two games the 49ers scored 60 points and Robbie Gould got the credit for 28 of them tells me this team can't be stopped, but it can be slowed down. The difference between the teams will come down to a field goal or a turn over. If the Cowboys can beat the Eagles, the 49ers can beat them too. We are going with the 49ers to win 2.5 points. If you want some insurance, buy 1 point, and lay – 150. If you feel you want more action, go to the props and play the over on receptions of AJ Brown. The number is 4.5 and he will be open.

Cincinnati Bengals at Kansas City Chiefs
Line: Kansas City -1 at BookMaker
Total: 47.5

Now for the main course. We have KC at home vs the Cincinnati Bengals, and it's less than 24 hours away!

AFC Championship free pickEveryone has an opinion and by now it seems the last person to weigh in is going to be me. I'm going with the Bengals on the road plus 1.5 points. Kansas City is home and they have a questionable healthy QB in Patrick Mahomes and the best tight end in the NFL in Travis Kelce. The Chiefs have Andy Reid, who happens to be one of the very best Head Coaches in the league.

The Bengals are loaded everywhere. They are also healthy and won the last three meetings against the Chiefs, and Cincinnati has that look and feel of a championship team. We love the addition of Haden Hurst at TE and look for him to play a big role in the upcoming game. We believe the Bengals win with room to spare. If you have any doubts, buy 1.5 points and have a field goal in your back pocket to start the game with.

Two  great games on tap for Championship Sunday and we like both underdogs to win.

Howard Schwartz has been providing betting insights for over a decade on Facebook. Check out his social media group and website for more betting tips and NFL wagering advice.

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