NFL playoff tips: Best bets for the conference round
Jack Green is backing the Titans and 49ers in his NFL tips for this weekend's games, which will decide the teams that will go to the Super Bowl.
TENNESSEE TITANS @ KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
The Chiefs are coming off one of the wildest playoff games in NFL history, where they fell behind 24-0 early on against the Houston Texans before battling back to win 51-31.
Kansas City are capable of scoring incredibly quickly, but this weekend’s showdown with the Titans should be a much tighter affair.
Tennessee’s offense is all about ball control and running back Derrick Henry has been near impossible to stop recently.
He gained 195 rushing yards last week, making him the first player ever to rush for over 180 yards in multiple playoff games, never mind in consecutive weeks.
Having gained 188 yards and two touchdowns as the Titans beat the Chiefs 35-32 back in Week 10, Tennessee will surely employ a similar game plan on Sunday, feeding him the ball and keeping Kansas City’s offense off the field.
The Titans have conceded just 15 points across their two playoff games so far, and they should manage to at least stay within a touchdown here.
Best bet: Titans (+7)
GREEN BAY PACKERS @ SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
The 49ers took apart the red-hot Minnesota Vikings last week, holding them to zero second-half points in a 27-10 win.
They face the Packers, who struggled to put away a Seattle Seahawks team that was struggling with several injuries heading into their trip to Lambeau Field.
Green Bay led 21-3 at half-time but somehow let the Seahawks back into the game, and they will need to be much better against the 49ers, who have been the best team in the NFC this season.
These teams are comparable defensively, but San Francisco scored the second-most points of any team in the NFL in the regular season, while the Packers ranked 15th.
At Levi’s Stadium, where the 49ers have won seven of their nine games this season, it’s hard to see anything but a comfortable win the for hosts.
Best bet: 49ers (-7.5)
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