Should be two fantastic games this weekend. Have the pats been suckered in by the complete lack of opposing QB talent over the last 2 months? Can the Falcons keep it going in the face of their stiffest challenge yet? Can the Packers patchwork secondary withstand the falcons aerial bombardment enough (ie below 30 points?) Can the Steelers bring all their potential elements together in one game? Is this the record amount of combined unbeaten runs for a Championship weekend (I think it’s 30 or so)?
Pats - Steelers - Man this is tough to call, but homefield helps the pick a lot. Brady looks awesome, Lewis is BACK, the O-line looks great, the D seems to be doing enough… but then who have they faced in ages who was any good? Goes back to November, when they lost to the Seahawks, gave up 25 to the Bills, and beat the Roethlisberger-less Steelers. This has sneaky shootout potential. If Ben, Bell and Brown get going, this is anyone’s game. If Belichik and the D can nullify one or more of those, this is going to the Pats in a 25-18 win. So I guess the overall pick has to go to NE.
Falcons - Packers - this has whatever-the-most-opposite-word-to-sneaky-is shootuout potential. No secondarys to talk of, the packers D-line has decent outside run stopping, but you’d think the Falcons backs will find a way around or through that. Packers run D a bit weaker up the middle, but not sure if that’s Atlanta’s strength. Stops are going to be MASSIVE. Even giving away field goals will feel like a partial victory (at least to being with), I think. Conversely, I think Atlanta’s pass rush has been a bit flat track bully (to mix sporting terms), and I can’t see Green Bay’s fantastic O-line having too much trouble in the passing game, unless yer man (I forget his name) at guard is struggling (he went off against Dallas for a couple of drives, which was when Green Bay wen nowhere and Dallas started to come back). Who knows with the Green Bay running game, but I think they’ll have enough with both or one of Michael or Montgomery. Plus Rodgers is in unreal form, although they’ll miss Adams and Nelson if they both sit. I think Clay Matthews still has whiplash after last week. It’s gonna come down to a made big play here and missed one there, and even THAT is hard to pick which way it’s going to fall - I did lean towards Rodgers as he’s been making them when needed for weeks now, but losing your main big play WRs is troublesome.
Tl; dr - I haven’t got a clue, but can’t bet against Rodgers atm, so Green Bay.