Right now is the ripest time of the year for NFL picks. From Super Bowl predictions from BetUs, to the experts, to football aficionados, to the casual fan who waits by the water cooler for you to come by to share his opinion, everyone is making projections.
In the AFC, it seems fairly straightforward as everyone unanimously likes the New England Patriots. With Tom Brady having an MVP-like season, the team peaking at the right time and the other three remaining teams in the conference being teams that the Pats have already defeated, they are the shoe-in favorite to win the conference.
But in the NFC, it’s wide open.
The defending Super Bowl champs lost to the Seattle Seahawks in the opening round and the No. 3 seeded Philadelphia Eagles also fell at home to the Green Bay Packers. The Seattle Seahawks, who are the No. 4 seed in the conference and the first division winner to qualify for the postseason with a 7-9 record, might actually end up hosting the Championship Game if they can knock off the Chicago Bears for the second time this season at Soldier Field and the Packers can upend the Falcons.
Speaking of the latter matchup, the top seeded Atlanta Falcons host the Packers but they aren’t exactly a big home favorite. A lot of experts think that the Packers can spring another upset and head to the NFC Championship Game.
The Packers have been playing what amounts to be playoff football for the last month as they had to win their final two games of the regular season just to qualify for the playoffs and then they upended the Eagles last weekend.
With an offense that entails the best receiving corps in the NFL and has suddenly found a ground game with rookie James Starks, there is suddenly balance. And when you look at their defense, which ranked No. 1 in the NFL throughout the regular season in scoring defense, the Packers
might just be the team to be in the NFC – even if they have to win three road games to win the NFC.
So what’s our Super Bowl prediction? Expect to see the Patriots and Packers meet up in Dallas at Super Bowl XLV on February 6th.