|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NFL Week 3 of the NFL playoff season is the Conference Championships, and the AFC will be a battle of the only two remaining teams in the running, the New York Jets and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The winner of this Sunday’s matchup with take home the AFC Champ title as well as a spot in the February 6th Super Bowl XLV in Dallas, Texas. The Steelers finished the regular season at the top of the AFC North with a 12-4 record, but the New York Jets are coming off a big win last weekend when they knocked Drew Brees and the New England Patriots out of the Super Bowl running. Mark Sanches threw three touchdown passes in addition to the Jets sacking Brady a total of 5 times in the game, which was the most surprising upset of the Divisional Championships. New York led its fierce rival, 14-3, at halftime before Brady's 2-yard touchdown pass to Alge Crumpler and Sammy Morris’ run for a two-point conversion made it 14-11 late in the third quarter. But Sanchez came right back with a 7-yard scoring pass to Santonio Holmes and New York finished the upset with Greene's touchdown. The Jets finished 11-5-0 in the regular season, putting them in second place in the AFC East as they charged the post season.
The Steelers are listed in Sportsbook as the minus 3.5 point favorites for this Sunday’s matchup. The total over under is listed at 38.5.
The Pittsburgh Steelers took down the Baltimore Ravens last Saturday in the Divisional Playoffs at 31-24. For the first 30 minutes, both units could share the blame for the 14-point deficit. Pittsburgh's defense gave up a 68-yard drive and permitted two third-down conversions during another touchdown march. The offense committed two turnovers, including a fumble by Roethlisberger that Baltimore defensive end Cory Redding turned into a score. This was their first game of this years’ playoff season, as they earned a bye week in Wild Card Weekend, thanks to holding the best record int eh AFC North at 12-4-0. This will be the Steelers’ 15th AFC Championship Title game. When betting on the NFL remember that next weekend’s game will the second time these two teams have played, the first coming in week 15.