Brads NFL Picks The Championship Games 2016 – 2017



Brads NFL Picks   The Championship Games   2016-2017
Brads Picks was 4 – 0 last week and is 164 – 98 – 2   on the season. Here’s what happened last week:
the good:
Atlanta 36, Seahawks 20  –  Squacks took the opening kick off and reeled off 89 yards and a TD on 10 runs for 49 yards and Russell Wilson going 4 – 4 for 40 yards and the TD.  But Atlanta came  back and went 75 yards on 13 plays and tied the score at 7.  Score was Atlanta 19, Quacks 10 at the half.
Matt Ryan was 26-37-338 and 3 TDs against a pretty good Quack defense.
One fun note – Ben Garland, former Air Force Academy DL and former Bronco DL and OL, who is now the Falcons backup Center, was in as a DT on at least one play. Quacks had the ball at their own 4.  Garland shot through and fell on Russell Wilson in the end zone for a safety.
New England 34, Texans 16  –  New England 17, Texans 13 at the half.  Cheaters unleashed a secret weapon, diminutive RB Dion Lewis.  Lewis, who’s been bouncing around the league for 6 years, became the first player in the post season to score a TD by a reception, a handoff, and a kick return.  Outside of those three plays, he was pretty pedestrian but 21 points is 21 points – more than the Texans could manage.
Packers 34, Dallas 31  –  Helluva game.  Packers total yards – 413; Dallas had 429.  Each team had one turnover (both on INTs).  Time of possession – Packers 29:46, Dallas 30:14.  But with time running out,  Aaron Rodgers, while on the run, made a fantastic throw and Jared Cook made a fantastic catch on the sideline.  That 36 yard completion allowed the Packers to attempt a 51 yard field goal, and Mason Crosby put it through as time expired.
Steelers 18, Kansas City 16  –  The Steelers couldn’t buy a TD, but Chris Boswell set a playoff record with six field goals.  KC scored a late TD to make it 18-16.  The two point attempt was good, but called back on a holding penalty.  The next attempt failed.  Steelers got the kickoff and managed to run out the clock.

this week:  I hope Atlanta wins and the Cheaters lose.
   the 1:05 MST game:
Green Bay (12 – 6) at Atlanta (12 – 5)  –  The line – Atlanta by 4.
In Week Eight, it was Atlanta 33, Packers 32.  Packers lost three more games in a row after that but have been red hot since, winning their last eight games.  Falcons have won their last five.
The two best QBs in the league right now are Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan and they run the two best offenses.  Neither team has a stellar defense, and I expect a very high scoring game.  The record number of points in a Championship game is 73.  Don’t be surprised if there’s a new record come Sunday evening.  I like the Packers because Rodgers is in such an incredible zone right now.  38-35?
the 4:40 MST game:
Pittsburgh (13 – 5) at New England (15 – 2)  –  The line – Cheaters by 4.5.
In Week Seven it was Cheaters 27, Pittsburgh 16, but Ben the R didn’t play in that game.  Hard to believe that it’s been 12 years since Tom The Cheater and Ben The R faced each other in a playoff game.
Steelers have won 9 straight, and I think they make it 10 on Sunday.  I like theSteelers for the same reason I did last week – RB Le’Veon Bell.  Plus their very good O line and WR Antonio Brown.  Should be high scoring – I’d put the over/under at 62.