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We’ve reached the conference finals weekend and only four teams are left standing in the hunt for Super Bowl LV.
The NFC see two legends, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers, go head to head while the AFC see two young guns, Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes clash. That is, of course, if Mahomes is cleared to play. The Kansas City quarter-back got knocked out of the divisional round game against Cleveland, was put into the NFL’s concussion protocol and has several hurdles to clear if he is to be allowed play this game. His injury has dominated the build up to the AFC championship match.
Throughout the playoffs our NFL trader Ian Dent has been giving us his best bets, and we have a very special offer for the NFC championship game on Sunday. All customers have the chance to place a risk-free £/€5 Bet Builder for this game – so check out Ian’s selections below.
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The Green Bay Packers are very strong at home and are averaging 31.5 points at Lambeau Field all season. This indicates that their points total is a bit low here and I can see them going over the 27.5 line.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a very stout defensive front and I expect the Packers to lean on the passing game, which leads me to believe Aaron Rodgers’ passing yards total will go over. Drew Brees really struggled against the Bucs last week, but Rodgers has a much stronger arm and I think he will thrive at home in conditions that will suit.
The final leg of the Bet Builder should really boost the odds, as I’m going for Green Bay wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling to score a touchdown. MVS, as he is known, has great speed and Tampa Bay have looked vulnerable to the deep pass all season. MVS has scored six TDs this year and would have had more if he didn’t have issues with drops. I think it’s worth taking the risk that he can get open and score as he was well targeted by Rodgers last week.
Bet Builder summary
- Green Bay points Over 27.5
- Aaron Rodgers passing yards Over 283.5
- Marquez Valdes-Scantling anytime Touchdown Scorer
These three picks in a Bet Builder will return odds of around 8/1 with Paddy Power
The AFC championship is due to kick off at 11:40 on Sunday night. The Mahomes concussion has cast a shadow over the build-up, but if he gets the green light it will set up a fascinating clash between two of the best young quarterbacks in the game with Josh Allen having an outstanding season for Buffalo.
Mahomes was struggling with a toe injury before that concussion against Cleveland and it was hampering his throws to the left. I think there will be injury concerns about him, even if he clears the protocol.
Josh Allen has proven himself to be an elite quarterback this season. He has been excellent in the playoffs, especially against the Baltimore Ravens last week. He can run the ball, he is throwing superbly all around the field and he has a great arsenal of wide receivers to throw to. I think Buffalo can win this, even if Mahomes plays.
In the touchdown markets, I think Stefon Diggs is the best option in the anytime market. Diggs has been one of the best free agent signings of the season, having scored eight TDs this season – notching in both of Buffalo’s playoff wins so far. I think that streak will continue here.
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