Greg Cote Picks: For AFC, NFC Championship

Greg Cote Picks

Greg Cote Picks: Quarterback Carson Palmer and the Arizona Cardinals could confront a daunting struggle attempting to agitate have Carolina in the NFC Championship Game. 

A ton of fans see Championship Sunday as the best football day of the year — better than the Super Bowl — and the NFL has its most pedigreed last four in years. 

The group of four of survivors has a consolidated 56-12 record, and this is the first time in quite a while we have had a No. 1 versus No. 2-seed finale in the two gatherings. Helpless Cinderella needed into the ball yet couldn’t move beyond the velvet ropes this time. 

Apologies, Cindy. You’ll see somewhere else on this page that I like the two top picks on Sunday and history would back me up.

Wagering favas are 52-22 straight up unsurpassed in gathering title games, and 42-31-1 versus the spread. Those patterns cause me to have a very decent outlook on my picks. However, this causes me to feel stunningly better: Cam Newton, at home, and Tom Brady, anyplace. 


Loyalists (13-4, No. 2 seed) at BRONCOS (13-4, No. 1) 

Line: NE by 3. 

Cote’s pick: NE 27-23. 

Television: 3:05 p.m., CBS. 

Greg Cote Picks
Greg Cote Picks


You’d not be nuts to be enticed by Denver as a home ‘canine, regardless of Peyton Manning’s decay and feebleness toward the finish of what has been a horrendous season for him.

Bill Belichick is just 8-12 versus the Broncos and Tom Brady is 2-6 at Mile High. Denver drives 3-1 in season finisher gatherings and won 30-24 in Week 12. Likewise, Denver’s superior to run of the mill home-field edge is a main explanation the Broncos are 16-5 at home in the postseason. 

In this way, regardless of whether it is those patterns, the Broncos’ predominant safeguard or a nostalgic gut conviction that Manning has more brave game left in him, preferring the home slices here isn’t crazy. (Here comes the “however,” obviously). 

The reigning champ Patriots are recklessly determined twisted driven by the Deflate gate wreck that shadowed them into the season, and driven all the more in a real sense by the NFL’s best-ever season finisher couple in Belichick and Brady. 

This is the Pats’ fifth consecutive AFC Championship Game, and in the Super Bowl time just the 1973-77 Raiders have done that.

Furthermore, since Brady has Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola both back to expand Rob Gronkowski, it’ll be intense for even the Broncos’ powerful guard to hold NE under four scores. The cold and maybe soggy climate will be a nonpartisan factor here, however this will not be: A still-incredible Brady versus the close unfilled husk of Manning. 


CARDINALS (14-3, No. 2 seed) at PANTHERS (16-1, No. 1) 

Line: CAR by 3. 

Cote’s pick: CAR 31-27. 

Television: 6:40 p.m., Fox. 


I know, I know. This is Sunday’s quarterback undercard session contrasted with Brady-Manning. Yet, Carson Palmer (Southern Cal, 2002) versus Cam Newton (Auburn, 2010) marks the initial time two Heisman-winning QBs have met in the end of the season games. 

Greg Cote Picks
Greg Cote Picks

In addition, they lead the NFL‘s two most elevated scoring offenses in Carolina (31.3 focuses) and Arizona (30.6). This game will not have the passionate heave of watching Manning in maybe the last round of his celebrated vocation, yet it figures as the more engaging of the two games. 

How might the Cardinals’ forceful, barrage insane protection manage the double danger of Newton? Can the Panthers’ big deal optional cutoff ‘Zona’s away they go air game? 

Likewise cherishing the matchup of the association’s probably mentor of the year in the Cats’ Ron Rivera and its most challenging mentor in the Birds’ Bruce Arians. 

Here is the thing that eventually controls my pick: Carolina has won 21 of its beyond 23 games, and Charlotte will leap to have its first meeting title game. A stunningly better bet than the home Cats winning, however, is that it’ll be close.

Eight straight NFC title games, four of them in additional time, have been chosen by seven or less. Extraordinary possibility that streak proceeds in the Sunday late game that will finish the matchup for Super Bowl 50.

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