AFC Championship Game Picks: Ravens @ Patriots NFL Predictions 1/20

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The 2013 NFL playoffs schedule is back, and here at Cappers Info, we’ll be looking at some of the best games on the docket each and every week, as we try to make the most money possible off of the AFC Championship Game odds for the NFL. Join us on Sunday, as we make our Baltimore Ravens @ New England Patriots free picks and predictions for what should be a great clash on the gridiron.

AFC Championship Game Picks: Baltimore Ravens @ New England Patriots
Date: Sunday, January 20th, 6:30 ET
Location: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA
Ravens @ Patriots Odds: New England -8
Ravens @ Patriots On TV: CBS

This is really all setting up perfectly for us to make a big time bet in a very unusual spot. The common thought is that the AFC Championship Game – the last step before the Super Bowl – is going to be a close game. It almost has to be, right? After all, these are theoretically the best two teams in the AFC that are going to be warring with one another. After all, these two teams have played three straight games that have been decided by three points or fewer. And the Patriots haven’t won a game in this series by more than six points since 2004. And the Ravens have played remarkable ball in the playoffs thus far. On top of that, every sports talk media jock thinks that this is going to be a close game, because after all, Baltimore was able to go on the road and beat the supposedly unbeatable Denver Broncos last week.

Unfortunately for the Ravens, matters aren’t going to be this easy by any stretch of the imagination. Baltimore wasn’t good down the stretch of the season, and we think that that was a lot better representation of what we are going to see on Sunday in the AFC Championship Game. QB Joe Flacco tends to press in games like this one, and we just can’t figure that he is really ready to step up and win in the AFC Championship Game in spite of the fact that he made the throw last year that should have won this very same fixture in this very same stadium. Meanwhile, QB Tom Brady has been there and done that, and he has already won 17 playoff games in his career, the most all-time in NFL history. With one more win, he’ll be the first to start in six Super Bowls at the QB position.

In the end, we think that New England is just clearly the better of these two teams. We just don’t see how Baltimore is going to slow down this offense, and we don’t think that Flacco and the gang are going to be able to keep up. The magical retirement trail of LB Ray Lewis is finally going to come to an end. There are only so many times that a team can catch lightning in a bottle. We saw it come to an end for the Seahawks last week, but now, an even more touched team is going to get what’s coming to it. Just like the Broncos came to Foxboro last year and were smacked down, we think that this New England team is one on a mission. The Patriots want to win this game, and they want to get back to the Super Bowl, where they will hope to avenge a home loss against the 49ers and more importantly, last year’s loss to the Giants in the big one. This one will be over by halftime.

Baltimore at New England Pick: New England Patriots -8
Ravens @ Patriots Score Prediction: New England 38 – Baltimore 17

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Sports Handicapping Community. He's been writing and posting free picks and sports handicapping strategies on the Cappersinfo forums and website for 15 years now. He enjoys handicapping just as much as he did from the very first day he built the original Cappersinfo website.

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