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Championship Wednesday Report

Updated: .January 20, 2016
Championship Wednesday Report

By: Joe Berra

It’s Championship Wednesday, and besides some back and forth social media jabs between teams, it’s pretty much same ol’. Lines are holding steady, with America’s Bookie having both games at a 3-point spread. The Patriots are giving the 3 in the AFC and the Panthers giving the points in the NFC. The totals are virtually the same, as the AFC Championship is still at 44 with the NFC getting a 1-point rise to 48. Go to America’s Bookie 24 hours a day to get up to the second line updates.

Do you like to bet on the first half? The lines for the first half of both Championship games have the spread set at 2½ with the total at 21½ in Denver and 24 for the tilt in Charlotte. The odds for teams to win the Super Bowl are unchanged since my last article, NFL Divisional Round Recap | Early Lines and Futures, have a look.

While they are still working on posting props for this weekend, America’s Bookie is giving you the opportunity to bet on who you think will meet in Santa Clara on February 7th. The odds on favorite is a rematch of Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston, where the New England Patriots beat the Carolina Panthers 32-29 when Tom Brady won his second Super Bowl MVP. Although New England won, they didn’t cover the 7-points and the total (37½) went way OVER. Here’s a complete list of the match-up odds for Super Bowl L (50):

Panthers vs Patriots +125
Cardinals vs Patriots +200
Panthers vs Broncos +225
Cardinals vs Broncos +400

If you can’t tell, I’m already excited for this weekend, and I cannot wait for the 3:05 PM Eastern Time kickoff at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The extended forecast is calling for 48° temperatures with cloudy skies with a 10% chance of precipitation. Winds also shouldn’t play a factor, forecasted to be at 5 to 10 MPH.

You have to give the edge to Tom Brady in respect to the cold weather after seeing Peyton Manning throw numerous ducks this past weekend. The Broncos defense and maybe more importantly, the Patriot offensive line play will be paramount with Brady needing more time for his receivers to find space against a tough Denver secondary.

In Charlotte, it looks like we’re in store for a sloppy field again with a 100% chance of precipitation on Friday. The’s Friday forecast is calling for a full bag of Mother Nature’s tricks with freezing rain starting in the morning then changing to rain with the temperature right around the freezing point and expecting a “wintry mix” overnight. It doesn’t get any better on Saturday, as the forecast is calling for snow (1 inch) in the morning mixing with rain in the afternoon. However, it’s supposed to clear late Saturday night opening up the skies for a mainly sunny game day Sunday with temperatures around 47° with 5 to 10 MPH winds. Temperatures are supposed to plummet to near 25° at night though.

Field conditions should not play much of a factor with both teams having to play on it, although you can maybe give a slight edge to Carolina as they have been playing on it all year. This will be the second year in a row these two meeting in the playoffs after the Panthers beat the Cardinals 27-16 in the NFC Wild Card Round last year. You can put much merit into this game though, because the Cardinals started third-string QB Ryan Lindley after injuries decimated their depth chart.

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