Columnist Josh Satler’s Picks for Championship Weekend

By: Josh Satler –

We’re down to the final weekend of football before the Super Bowl. And so far, it’s been a solid year for Pro Football 101. We’ll look to continue our success in the NFC and AFC Championship Games.

Best Bets

1. Pittsburgh Steelers (-6) vs. the Baltimore Ravens. Last week, the Ravens were our best bet and pulled out the 13-10 victory. This week, we like their opponent. In that game on Saturday, the Titans had their way with this Ravens squad but couldn’t overcome two key fumbles by Crumpler and White and the injury to rookie Chris Johnson’s ankle.

Look for the Steelers to take full advantage of the home field advantage – something that has been unkind to them in the past, and put on a solid performance this Sunday.

While we don’t see much coming out of either offense, look for the Steelers’ D to put the clamps on Flacco and Co. and for Pittsburgh do just enough on offense/ and on special teams to pull out the seven point victory, minimum.

Next in Line

2. Arizona Cardinals (+4) vs. Philadelphia Eagles
. We like the Eagles to win this game, just not by the four points Vegas has them favored by. The Eagles come into this playing very disciplined football; they’re doing just enough on offense to get the job done and on defense, they’re suffocating opponents right now.

The Cardinals on the other hand are hitting on all cylinders as well, especially offense. Look for that to continue this Sunday but for Philly to prevent the big plays to Fitzgerald/Boldin/and Breaston by utilizing a bend but don’t break type defense.

Arizona is always tough in their home park so look for this to come down to the final gun, with a David Akers kick potentially sending the Eagles to Tampa.

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