The Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers were the conference’s two best teams in the regular season, and it’s only fitting that they’ll face off in the 2015 NFC Championship Game. Even though the No.1 and No.2 seed both won 12 games in 2014, the majority of NFL experts are predicting the same outcome.
The overwhelming opinion seems to be that the Seahawks will defeat the Packers and reach the Super Bowl for a second straight season. The expert predictions fall in line with the betting public. Seattle opened the week as seven point favorites with a moneyline of -280, and both lines have since increased.
It’s not all that surprising that Seattle is the popular choice. Not only did they finish the regular season atop the NFC, but they are the hottest team in the NFL. The Seahawks have not lost since their Week 11 defeat to the Kansas City Chiefs, and they’ve been dominant on their current winning streak. All of Seattle’s wins during their recent seven-game stretch have come by double digits.
The game’s location also likely played a role in most expert predictions. The Seahawks are perceived by many to have the best home-field advantage in the NFL because of the “12th man,” and the team has just one loss this season at CenturyLink Field. Green Bay is undefeated at home, but they have a .500 record on the road.
Some might be reluctant to pick Green Bay because of Aaron Rodgers’s health. The quarterback threw for 316 yards and three touchdowns in a playoff win over the Dallas Cowboys, but he was clearly affected by a calf strain. The injury won’t be any better on Sunday, and Seattle has the league’s best defense.
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