AFC Title Game: Jets vs Steelers – 6:35pm EST on CBS
The swaggering and swashbuckling New York Jets, high off their dominating win at New England last week, will try and fulfill their Super Bowl boasts of last summer when they arrive at Heinz Field to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2011 AFC Championship Game. Kick-off on CBS is scheduled for 6:35pm EST and online sportsbooks have opened with the Steelers as a 3-point favorite in NFL odds at home vs the Jets with a total of 38.5. The money line at sportsbooks has listed Pittsburgh as a -200 favorite in AFC Championship game picks while New York is a +175 underdog.
Coach Rex Ryan out-mastered New England’s Bill Belichick last week with a phenomenal defensive scheme that had Patriots QB Tom Brady looking lost and confused and the Hoodie Himself totally frustrated and without answers. New York got the money in a 28-21 win as 9.5-point underdogs in NFL odds. Jets QB Mark Sanchez has silenced his doubters with a strong playoff season and has shown championship poise. The only question in NFL betting, is if the Jets got over the Patriots high and are able to focus on this one. Heading into 2011 AFC Championship game picks vs the Steelers, the Jets will be bringing the NFL’s 3rd ranked defense.
Pittsburgh won a thrilling 31-24 home payout over Baltimore last week as 3.5-point favorites in NFL odds for the divisional playoffs and has the top ranked defense in the NFL for points allowed. QB Ben Roethlisberger was razor sharp as he threw for 226 yards and 2 TD’s against the Ravens while Rashard Mendenhall rushed for 46 yards and 2 TD’s including the game winner as he powered over the Ravens goal after making a nice cut. The Jets scored a 22-17 road payout at Pittsburgh as 3.5 road underdogs in NFL betting odds on December 19th as they Steelers had a late drive that ended just short of pay dirt at the gun.
2011 AFC Championship Game Picks: Pittsburgh Steelers -3
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