2020 AFC and NFC Championship Game picks and predictions

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

We’re down to the final three contests of the 2020 NFL regular season, and this weekend, it’s the conference championship games.

11-5. 48. FOX. Sunday, Jan. 24. 13-3. 49. GB -3. 3 p.m. ET

The Packers have been the best team in the NFC for the past two months, as Aaron Rodgers began locking up his third MVP award. Green Bay’s defense is improved behind the pass-rushing prowess of Za’Darius Smith and Kenny Clark. The offense is also humming with Rodgers having a phenomenal cast around him, including running back Aaron Jones and receiver Davante Adams.

However, the Buccaneers are a worthy challenger. Tom Brady is in his 14th conference title game. He’s got some damn good weapons as well in Mike Evans, Antonio Brown and Chris Godwin on the outside. Frankly, this probably comes down to Tampa Bay needing to get pressure on Rodgers. Can the Bucs do it enough?

Pick: Green Bay 29, Tampa Bay 24

CBS. KC -3. 6:40 p.m. ET. 13-3. 16. Sunday, Jan. 24. 14-2. 124

We’re assuming Patrick Mahomes plays. If he does, the Chiefs have the best player on earth under center, one win away from his second consecutive Super Bowl. At home. Now, the Bills are good enough to win this game, and Josh Allen could outduel Mahomes. It’s possible.

However, this comes down to Buffalo stopping Mahomes and the Chiefs’ offense. They were gashed in Week 6 playing soft, and if they do so again, Mahomes will have all day to throw. That’s a recipe for defeat. Expect a ton of points, and Mahomes making one more play than Buffalo can handle.

Pick: Kansas City 33, Buffalo 28