Blazin' 5: Colin Cowherd Gives His Best NFL Bets For the Conference Championship Games.
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Last Week's Blazin' 5 record: 1-3
2021 Blazin' 5 record: 43-52-1 (Colin made bonus picks in Week 4 & 5)
Bengals at Chiefs (SPREAD: KC -7.5)
“Kansas City’s offense is always good, they had a little slump for about six games midseason, but they’re humming now. Patrick Mahomes is 8-2 in the playoffs, he’s 0-2 against Brady, and 8-0 against everybody else. The Chiefs offense in the playoffs has averaged 42 points and 144 yards rushing, so it’s balanced, it’s humming, and they have the best third down offense in football. So they can run it, they can throw it, they can move, they’re situational, and here’s where I worry about Cincinnati… As good as Burrow is, they have one touchdown in their last 18 drives, and he was sacked nine times against Tennessee. Steve Spagnuolo is going to bring heat, that’s what he does. I like Kansas City in this game. I initially thought it could be a blowout but the Bengals tend to play good against good teams. They played very good against the Niners, very good against the Packers, so I’m going to take the Chiefs to win 33-27, around a touchdown.”
Colin's prediction: Chiefs 33, Bengals 27.
49ers at Rams (SPREAD: LAR -3.5)
“Right now, the Rams defense – this Von Miller acquisition has really started to pay dividends. Aaron Donald as he’s gotten older may not be as dominating week-to-week in the regular season as he’s been, but in the postseason Aaron Donald has flipped a switch, and he is again unblockable. The Rams defense is allowing 13% on third down. Opponents are 3 for 24 on third down, and San Francisco has been struggling on third down offensively, so points are going to be hard to come by right now. The Rams defense is the best rushing defense so far in the playoffs, Tampa could not run on them, and if they get a lead, which they did the last time they played San Francisco, you’re going to have to abandon the run game. I do feel like San Francisco is going to be a fairly limited offense in this game. Last week the Niners won but it was a season-low 212 yards of offense. The Niners offense is averaging 18 points so far in the postseason, scoring two total offensive touchdowns. I just think points are going to be really hard to come by for San Francisco. I’m going to take the Rams, it’s going to be close, 28-27. I think the Niners have some field goals. I think the Rams are more dynamic but I do think what keeps the game close – Fred Warner, Bosa, Armstead – really have given the Rams offense trouble, so they’re going to have to throw the football to score here. I’m going to take the Rams to win it but it’s close. If you’re a betting person this is the game over the weekend I like more, San Francisco and the points.”
Colin's prediction: Rams 28, 49ers 27.