NFL Conference Championship Picks: America’s top journalists share their predictions

We have rounded up this weekend’s NFL Conference Championship picks from some of America’s top football journalists and handicappers.

It’s getting to the business end of the 2020/21 NFL season. We are now down to the final four, with the AFC Championship Game and NFC Championship Game taking place on Sunday, January 24:

  • NFC Championship Game: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Green Bay Packers, 3:05PM ET.
  • AFC Championship Game: Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs, 6:40PM ET.

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Another weekend of NFL fixtures means another weekend of NFL expert picks. This time, we are rounding up some of the most sought after NFL Conference Championship picks from America’s top football journalists and handicappers.

Benjamin Hoffman – NY Times

Benjamin Hoffman of the NY Times is 8-8 in the Play Offs this season when selecting Money Lines, and it’s once again a simple case of game winner in this week’s column.

Pick: Green Bay Packers ML -172

Pick: Kansas City Chiefs ML -170

Bleacher Report – Consensus Picks

The Bleacher Report team of Gary DavenportBrad Gagnon and Brent Sobleski are 5-4-1 against the spread in the Play Offs and will hope to finish the post-season in profit with two wins on Sunday.

All three go for a narrow Green Bay win in the first game, which makes the early pick the Packers to cover. The second see Davenport go against his colleagues by selecting a 1pt Bills win but the overall consensus pick is still the Chiefs to cover.

Pick 1: Green Bay -3.5

Pick 2: Kansas City -3

Alex Kaye – Forbes

Alex Kay at Forbes has previewed both games and settled on one pick from Tampa Bay vs Green Bay, stating “considering how well this Bucs squad matches up with Green Bay, having those 3.5 points is the best value play on the board in the conference championships.”

PICK: Tampa Bay +3.5

Colin Cowherd – Elite Sports New York

Colin Cowherd hosts The Herd on FOX Sports but his picks for the Championship games come from ESNY, where he does his ‘Blazin’ Five’ column.

This week Cowherd has picked out final scores for both games, which equate to a Chiefs cover and Unders in the AFC and the Packers covering and Overs in the NFC Championship game.

Pick 1: Kansas City 28 Buffalo 23

Pick 2: Green Bay 33 Tampa Bay 26

Sloan Piva – SportingNews

SportingNews provide picks for all NFL games and they have one for each of the major markets in today’s Conference Finals.

Money Line Pick: Kansas City Chiefs -170 odds

Spread Pick: Tampa Bay +3.5

Over/Under Pick: Green Bay/Tampa Over is one that will be familiar to New Jersey residents and each week they provide consensus picks by asking their whole team of experts to make their spread selections.

This week, in such close calls, there is a difference of opinion. To help, we’ve simply listed the number of writers who picked each team to win. It should be noted that Tom Moore (113-133-6) didn’t pick in the later game. Current table leader Steve Edelson (131-119-6) went with the Chiefs and the Bucs against the spread.

Packers (-3.5) vs Bucs: Packers 4 Bucs 5

Chiefs vs Bills: Chiefs 5 Bills 3

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