NFL Conference Championship Games Expert Picks and Predictions – January 20 2019

Andy
January 18, 2019
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Updated: January 30, 2023

Clear your weekend schedules, as there’s no better way to spend it than glue your faces on the two NFL conference championship games this Sunday. Each showdown is a matchup between the young and the old quarterbacks, as Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams (+300 to win Super Bowl 53) take on Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints (+180), while Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs (+240) will look to tame Tom Brady and the Patriots (+350) at home.

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WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT THE CONFERENCE MATCHUPS


Los Angeles Rams vs. New Orleans Saints

About the Los Angles Rams:

  • The Rams are 3-1 ATS in their last five games after a victory.
  • The Rams are 3-2 ATS in their last five road games.
  • The under is 5-1 in the Rams’ last six road games.
  • C.J. Anderson has rushed for at least 123 yards in each of his last three games, scoring a total of four rushing touchdowns over that span.
  • The Rams are 41-24 SU in all-time head-to-head matchup with New Orleans
  • The Rams are 0-8 SU in games with Bill Vinovich as referee

About the New Orleans Saints:

  • The Saints are 15-2 SU in their last 17 home games.
  • The Saints are 5-1 ATS in their last six games after racking up over 250 passing yards in a prior contest.
  • The Saints are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games held during January.
  • The Saints have two players inside the top 10 of yards-after-catch per game average (Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara
  • The Saints beat the Rams at home back in Week 9, 45-35.
  • The Saints finished the regular season third in scoring offense with 30.8 points per game.

New England Patriots vs. Kansas City Chiefs

About the New England Patriots:

  • The Patriots are 5-1 ATS in their last six games after manufacturing at least 150 rushing yards in a prior contest.
  • The Patriots are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 road games against teams with a winning record at home.
  • The Patriots are 35-17 in their last 52 games after covering the spread in their last game.
  • The Patriots have won eight AFC titles since 2002 – each with Tom Brady as the quarterback and Bill Belichick as the head coach.
  • The last time the Patriots won an AFC title away from Foxboro was in 2005 against teh Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field.
  • The Patriots defeated the Chiefs at home back in Week 6, 43-40.

About the Kansas City Chiefs:

  • The Chiefs are 5-1 SU in their last six home games against New England.
  • The Chiefs are the highest scoring team in the league with an average of 35.1 points per game.
  • The Chiefs are 5-5 ATS in their last 10 home games.
  • The under is 7-3 in the Chiefs’ last 10 home games.
  • The Chiefs finished the regular season tied with the Steelers for most sacks (52.0).
  • Chris Jones is third in the NFL with 15.5 sacks (had at least a sack in each of the Chiefs’ last 11 games in the regular season).

Expert Picks and Predictions for the 2018-19 NFL Season Conference Championship Games

Bleacher Report (Andrew Gould)

GAMEPREDICTION (ATS)
Los Angeles Rams (+3.5) at New Orleans Saints (-3.5 Saints 35, Rams 27
New England Patriots (+3) at Kansas City Chiefs (-3)Chiefs 31, Patriots 27

 


Sporting News (Vinny Iyer, Todd Haislop)

GAMEPREDICTION (ATS)
Los Angeles Rams (+3.5) at New Orleans Saints (-3.5Saints 35, Rams 27Saints 31, Rams 24
New England Patriots (+3) at Kansas City Chiefs (-3)Chiefs 35, Patriots 31

CBS Sports (John Breech)

GAMEPREDICTION (ATS)
Los Angeles Rams (+3.5) at New Orleans Saints (-3.5Saints 35, Rams 27Saints 34, Rams 27
New England Patriots (+3) at Kansas City Chiefs (-3)Chiefs 30, Patriots 27

TopBet (Ryan Simpson)

GAMEPREDICTION (ATS)
Los Angeles Rams (+3.5) at New Orleans Saints (-3.5Saints 35, Rams 27Saints 30, Rams 27 – FULL PREVIEW
New England Patriots (+3) at Kansas City Chiefs (-3)Chiefs 34, Patriots 27  — FULL PREVIEW

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