After a thrilling divisional round last weekend, we’ll get you ready to bet on NFL Conference Championships. The Patriots are clear-cut favourites to win their sixth Super Bowl, but their opponents might have something to say about that. Here’s a preview of this weekend’s NFL matchups, with the winners going to the Super Bowl.  

 

Jacksonville Jaguars @ New England Patriots    

NFL Playoff Odds: Patriots -8
Moneyline: Jaguars +265; Patriots -330 

The Jacksonville Jaguars will travel to New England to open up NFL Conference Championship play at 3:05 PM EST on Sunday. The Jags earned a hard fought 45-42 win last weekend over the mighty Pittsburgh Steelers and, unfortunately for them, this week’s opponent is even mightier as they face the best quarterback/head coach duo in the league in Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. 

The Patriots have won three out of the four previous playoff matchups against Jacksonville and are heavy favourites to extend their lead. Having had to endure little resistance in the divisional round from the Tennessee Titans in a comfortable 35-14 victory, New England will be ready for Sunday, especially considering that some Jacksonville players have been, perhaps unwisely, promising a Super Bowl appearance to their fans. Super Bowl 52 odds have the Patriots as a -110 option while the Jaguars are +650 on the betting line as we go to press.

The Jaguars ran simple offensive concepts in their matchup against Pittsburgh a week ago, running straight at the Steelers with running back Leonard Fournette and experiencing modest success through the air. This week, Doug Marrone and his coaching staff will have to get much more creative with their game plan if they are to have a chance against the greatest mind in all of football in Bill Belichick. 

 

Minnesota Vikings @ Philadelphia Eagles  

NFL Playoff Odds: Vikings -3.5 
Moneyline: Vikings -165; Eagles +145 

As soon as the AFC Championship game is over, you get a second serving of conference championship action when the Vikings travel to Philadelphia for a 6:40 PM EST kickoff at Lincoln Financial Field to decide the winner of the NFC. The Eagles are no stranger to playing as a dog at home in the playoffs, having overcome the odds in a similar situation a week ago against the Atlanta Falcons in the Divisional Round. 

Minnesota will have to come down from the high of last weekend’s dramatic Divisional Round against the Saints to focus on a solid Eagles squad. Vikings vs Eagles odds favour Minnesota by 3.5 points, although the Vikings are 0-3 against Philly in the postseason, with all meetings being double-digit defeats.  

Eagles backup quarterback Nick Foles, filling in for injured Carson Wentz, enjoyed some success through the air against Atlanta last week and will be looking to do the same against the No. 1 defense in the league on Sunday. Minnesota, however, will attempt to exert pressure on the inexperienced Foles. The Vikings are second favourites after the Patriots on the Super Bowl 2018 odds board at +235, while the Eagles are +700. 
 

*Odds as of January 19, 2018