NFL betting: Best bets for the NFC Championship game
Zach Brunner makes his NFL betting picks for the NFC Championship game, as the San Francisco 49ers face the Los Angeles Rams.
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For the NFC Championship, we get an NFC West divisional matchup. San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan has had Sean McVay’s number, winning six straight games against the Rams. The story lately has been the Rams offensive line being unable to block the 49ers defensive front, and there’s no reason why this game would be any different.
If the Rams are unable to run the ball or stop the pass rush of San Francisco, they will continue to suffer the same fate. Not only will the 49ers cover the spread, they’ll be playing in the Super Bowl.
For the first time in a long time, Samuel didn’t find the endzone last weekend. Of course, the 49ers didn’t score a single offensive touchdown.
They will get back to moving the ball this week, with Samuel being a big part of that. He has scored a touchdown in eight of his past 10 games, including both matchups against the Rams, with three touchdowns in two games against them.
Stafford has avoided throwing an interception in both playoff games so far, but this weekend is different. The 49ers have beaten the Rams six straight times, and a big reason is that their pass rush continues to win against the LA offensive line.
This season, the extra pressure resulted in Stafford throwing two interceptions in each game agaijst San Francisco. He should throw at least one on Sunday.
Since he returned from the COVID-19 list, Higbee has played a larger role in this offense. He has totaled over 41.5 receiving yards in five of his past six games, and the one failed outing was a 41-yard game.
Over this six-game stretch, the veteran tight end has averaged 51.7 receiving yards per game, including a 55-yard performance against the 49ers in Week 18.