Ten Betting Tips: NFL Betting Bits To Watch For Championship Weekend

The 2013 NFL playoffs are about set to continue on Sunday, as all four teams continue their conquest to lift the Lombardi Trophy. Today, we take a look at our Top 10 Betting Tips, as we point out some of the most important people, teams, and trends that you’ll be hearing all about in the NFC and AFC Championship Games.

All eyes are going to be on the four quarterbacks on Sunday in the conference championship games. The only one that doesn’t really have much of any experience is the one that has really done the most damage thus far in the second season, QB Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick was a man amongst boys out there against the Green Bay Packers last week. He set an NFL record for the most rushing yards in a game for a quarterback with 181, and he accounted for four touchdowns. Now, he gets to go against an Atlanta defense that was just shredded by the Seattle Seahawks in the second half last week with a very comparable QB Russell Wilson at quarterback. The reason that the Niners are favored by four in this game though, isn’t because of Kaepernick. It’s because of…

Matt Ryan. Oh sure, Matty Ice approached 5,000 passing yards this year, and oh sure, he has a great set of receivers to work with. However, in four playoff games in his career, he has never thrown for more than the 250 yards that he had last week against Seattle. He has thrown seven picks in those games, and just hasn’t been a solid quarterback by any stretch of the imagination at this level. The key for the Falcons is going to be how well that they can run the football, and that puts all of the pressure on…

Michael Turner to perform well. Even the Falcons fans don’t believe in Turner any longer as a featured back, as most think that he is nothing but three yards and a cloud of dust every single time that he touches the football. He showed some spunk last week, rushing for nearly 100 yards, but a lot of that game in the first half. Turner isn’t nearly the biggest back to watch out for this weekend. That title goes to the horse of the Baltimore Ravens

Ray Rice. Rice carried the ball 30 times in last week’s shocking win over the Denver Broncos, and he has to be as tired as could be at this point. Rice is going to get spelled quite a bit by RB Bernard Pierce, but he is going to have to be at his best when he is on the field. Approaching 100 yards is a must against this New England Patriots‘ defense, which is one of the most underappreciated units in the second season. If Rice can figure out how to keep the ball moving and keep the Pats’ offense off of the field, Baltimore has a chance of extending the career of…

Ray Lewis for one final game in the Super Bowl. It has been amazing to see Lewis work in these playoffs, as he has had double digits worth of tackles in each of his two postseason games this year since announcing that he was retiring at the end of the season. The team has rallied around him like we haven’t seen in quite some time, and the club has its swagger back. The last time that the team showed so much swagger in the playoffs, it was beating these Patriots right here at Gillette Stadium. That serves as a warning to you…

Tom Brady. Brady is the all-time winningest quarterback in league history in the playoffs at this point with 17 victories, and he is just one win away from getting to the Super Bowl for the sixth time, tied for the most in NFL history, and the most for a starting quarterback. There is no doubt that Brady is one of the best of all-time at his trade, but he has struggled against the Ravens historically in his career. However, no quarterback struggles more at this level than…

Joe Flacco does. Flacco has been awesome in these playoffs, throwing for well over 600 yards with five TDs and no picks to show for his work, but he still has that bugaboo sitting over his head that he can’t win this big time game. He has to be haunted about the throw that he made that was perfect last year to WR Lee Evans that would have won the AFC Championship Game, as that would have been the game that erased all doubts that he truly is a quarterback that CAN win the big one. And that’s why it’s imperative that…

Anquan Boldin steps up as the biggest receiver in this AFC Championship Game. Boldin doesn’t necessarily have to be the leading receiver of the team, and he doesn’t necessarily have to score the touchdowns, but there is going to be a point in this game that he has to make the big time play, and if he does, the Ravens will be able to challenge. Just like Evans before him though, if he chokes, the season is likely going to be over with. About the only receiver with more pressure on his shoulders is…

Michael Crabtree, who has arguably been one of the best three or four receivers in the NFL over the course of the last month or so. Crabtree really has played well, catching two touchdowns in three of his last four games. The man from Texas Tech knows what it is like to have the weight of the world on his shoulders from his days with the Red Raiders. However, unlike in that offense, this one just doesn’t have all that many great options. WR Mario Manningham is out for the year, WR Randy Moss is a shell of his old self, TE Vernon Davis hasn’t caught more than two passes in a game in over two months… That’s why…

Colin Kaepernick and his accomplishments from last week were just that darn amazing. The second year man from Nevada was under the gun from the moment that he stepped into the lineup as the starting quarterback. All of the pressure was on his shoulders to succeed, and succeed he has. But, just as QB Peyton Manning ultimately didn’t do any better this year than QB Tim Tebow did last year, if Kaepernick doesn’t win this game on the road in Atlanta on Sunday, 49ers fans will say that QB Alex Smith could have done the exact same thing that Kaepernick did this season.

Andrew Ryan

Andrew Ryan has been in the sportswriting biz since the late-90s, and he has worked side by side with some of the best and brightest in sports gambling. Always searching for the best trends in sports, Andrew uses his brilliant math mind to his advantage to beat the books.

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