Friday, January 21, 2011

NFL 2010: Conference Championships

And then there were four -- the 2010 season is down to its final four with Pittsburgh hosting the New York Jets for the AFC title while Green Bay travels to Chicago for the NFC. Pittsburgh and Green Bay are both favored by 3 1/2 points. They surely are legit favorites.

The AFC game is Pittsburgh's to win unless their injuries -- pretty banged up after a vicious struggle with Baltimore -- take a toll while the Jets will play with unquestionable enthusiasm. Their defense is sort of like Baltimore Lite and the Steelers just beat Baltimore. The Steelers won't get rattled should they fall behind early in the game. Look how they came back against the Ravens.

The Packers issue earlier in the year was health. Now they're healthy and hot. Jay Cutler has erased much doubt in recent gamesand the Bears defense is strong but Cutler is no Aaron Rodgers and everything is clicking for the Packers. The Packers have certainly proven a good road team having clobbered Atlanta in their own home after knocking off the Philadelphia Eagles on the road as well. Healthy, organized, and road-proven, it's hard to see how the Packers can fail against the Bears.


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