Opinion corner: Time for some title game picksAll week long my head has hung low. I’ve taken the insults and hastily dismissed any questions about this week’s conference championship games. But as Sun Sports Editor Dave Selvig pointed out to me, football will continue, the world will keep spinning and the sun will rise again tomorrow.
By: Ben Rodgers, The Jamestown Sun
All week long my head has hung low. I’ve taken the insults and hastily dismissed any questions about this week’s conference championship games.
But as Sun Sports Editor Dave Selvig pointed out to me, football will continue, the world will keep spinning and the sun will rise again tomorrow.
I checked with the oddsmakers too and despite the fate of the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings, money is still being wagered in Vegas.
The 49ers proved what people have been saying all year and with Colin Kaepernick at the helm they appear to be unstoppable. The line is Niners by five with an over/under of 49. Unusual for a visiting team to be favored by so much over a No. 1 seed.
On CBS, we have the New England Patriots heavily favored by 10 over Ray Lewis and the Baltimore Ravens. The over/under for the late game is 51 1/2.
So knowing the numbers let’s take a look at what the wise minds in the Sports and News departments of The Jamestown Sun have to say.
Ben Rodgers: I like San Francisco over Atlanta because the Falcons, while playing an amazing season, never gave the impression they were unbeatable. They were supposed to get to this point and San Francisco was the pick of many to make it to New Orleans. Look for Kapernick to be bottled up a little more than last week. The difference will be a Randy Moss touchdown in a gun slinging match. 49ers, 35, Falcons, 28. There will be no dirty bird.
I’m also picking Baltimore to outlast New England. Last week Ray Lewis looked and played like the things nightmares are made of. Denver has a better defense than New England and suddenly Joe Flacco learned how to throw a football. Baltimore will stop the rush, force the pass and capitalize on mistakes. Ravens, 24, Patriots, 17.
49ers 31, Falcons 20
Patriots 38, Ravens 27
Falcons 24, 49ers 17
Ravens 30, Patriots 27
49ers 34, Falcons 20
Patriots 37, Ravens 34
Ben Rodgers is a frequent contributor to the Opinion Corner