Note: All times are local times. Weather is taken into account since I think it’s the most under-handicapped game information out there.
Game 1: Sunday, 3:00 PM: San Diego Chargers at New England Patriots.
Weather: 18°F, 19 mph crosswind, Sunny
Weather Factor: Advantage Patriots
All you need to know about this game:
“The San Diego Chargers did not have their primary offensive weapons at practice, as running back LaDainian Tomlinson, quarterback Philip Rivers, and tight end Antonio Gates all did not participate due to injuries.
As the Chargers prepare to clash with the New England Patriots in Foxboro on Sunday’s AFC Championship, the status of their three stars is unknown.”
The Chargers are just coming off a big win in Indianapolis, they’re just happy to be here, Norv Turner is their head coach, and their 2 biggest offensive threats are injured. Phillip Rivers has a sprained MCL. How much do you believe in Billy Volek magic? Personally, I think his go-ahead drive against the Colts was the most improbable NFL playoff moment since the Music City Miracle.
Pick: PATRIOTS -14 over Chargers
Game 2: Sunday, 5:30 PM: New York Giants at Green Bay Packers
Weather: 3°F, 12 mph crosswind, Flurries
Weather Factor: No Advantage for either team without snow. Huge Packers Advantage with snow. Huge.
In one of the more improbable playoff runs I can remember, the Giants have won 9 road games in a row to get to the NFC Championship Game in Green Bay. It’s no coincidence this happened after they gave the Patriots all they could handle at Giants Stadium in the last game of the year. They have a deadly pass rush, which will play well against the Packers’ pass-first offense. I can see a close game, with the Packers winning by a field goal.
Pick 1: Giants +7 over PACKERS
However, if it snows, the Giants are fucked. Super fucked (Michael Vicked). In that case, it’s going to be something like 31-10 Packers.
Pick 2: PACKERS -7 over Giants (if it snows enough to accumulate and disrupt the game)
Side note: there are few things that are as exciting as wagering on a sporting event you are watching. Without a doubt, my greatest television watching moments have been when something happens, perhaps something that inconsequential to the outcome of the game, to pull my wager into the green. So why gamble? In the words of Mo Vaughn: “It’s not about the money.”