Prisco’s 2023 NFL conference championship picks: Joe Burrow leads Bengals back to Super Bowl, Eagles join them

The scorching begin to choosing playoff video games cooled off rapidly final weekend. It wasn’t a foul weekend, however it wasn’t good both.

I went 2-2 straight up, 2-2 in opposition to the unfold in our skilled picks and 2-3 with my greatest bets as a part of the Pick Six Podcast.

That isn’t what I anticipated. I picked the New York Giants to cowl in opposition to the Philadelphia Eagles, which was a horrible choose. I additionally picked the Dallas Cowboys to cowl in opposition to the San Francisco 49ers, a sport the place I believed Dallas would win, and that regarded to be a push till a late subject aim by the 49ers. Oh, effectively. I acquired the reward of the late subject aim by Jacksonville in opposition to the Chiefs to get that cowl.

It all evens out. But after the 4-2 ATS week on Super Wild Card Weekend, I’m now 6-4 for the postseason. Last week, I took all of the canines. Not this week.

So let’s hope for a championship sport sweep to guarantee a profitable file within the postseason.

San Francisco 49ers at Philadelphia Eagles

Sunday, 3 pm ET (Fox, FuboTV)

Featured Game | Philadelphia Eagles vs. San Francisco 49ers

This is a sport between two bodily groups which have good operating video games and good defensive fronts. That means it is going to be determined up entrance, regardless of what number of offensive playmakers are on the sphere.

The Eagles impressed final week in blowing out the Giants, whereas the 49ers received a detailed one at house in opposition to Dallas. The San Francisco offense struggled some in that sport, however Brock Purdy acquired it going after a sluggish begin to win his seventh straight as a starter. This, although, is an even bigger problem as a result of it is in opposition to a greater staff on the highway, his first highway playoff begin. Not solely that, he is dealing with a protection that led the NFL in sacks with 70, two off the file. They come from all spots too, with 4 gamers who had 10 or extra sacks. Look for the Eagles to assault the correct facet of the 49ers offensive line, the weaker facet.

The Eagles offense had one other massive dashing day in opposition to the Giants, which is the idea of their offense. Jalen Hurts can throw it, however they’ve to give you the chance to run it right here. That’s why their top-rated offensive line is vital. They have to get push within the run sport and preserve Nick Bosa and gang off Hurts once they do throw. The 49ers linebackers can run and canopy, which is a should in opposition to the Eagles offense. Fred Warner and Dre Greenlaw are particular. They may have to be on this one.

But I search for Hurts to outplay Purdy and lead the Eagles to the Super Bowl. That Eagles offensive line and cross rush will resolve this sport.

Pick: Eagles 30, 49ers 21

Sunday, 6:30 pm ET (CBS, Paramount+)

Featured Game | Kansas City Chiefs vs. Cincinnati Bengals

The massive problem right here is the well being of Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. After struggling a high-ankle sprain final week in opposition to Jacksonville, will he give you the chance to transfer? If not, what does that imply to the Chiefs offense since he does a lot harm off schedule and outdoors the pocket?

The Kansas City offense did some good issues when he returned in opposition to Jacksonville after the damage, however he actually regarded restricted by way of mobility. That will matter in opposition to a Bengals protection that has so many transferring elements and may blitz from throughout. They’ve accomplished an awesome job in opposition to him late in video games previously 3 times they’ve performed. The Jaguars did not come after Mahomes sufficient after he damage his ankle, however you may wager the Bengals will, though that is not the technique they used to beat him within the title sport final 12 months. They got here after Josh Allen loads final week of their upset victory.

In that sport, Joe Burrow and the offense had success transferring the soccer. An offensive line that was down three starters performed effectively because the Bengals ran it with Joe Mixon and Burrow hit some massive pictures within the passing sport. Mixon did not play within the regular-season sport between these groups this season, however he will likely be massive on this one. The Chiefs can get after the quarterback, after registering 55 sacks this season, which is able to put a premium on operating the ball and safety for the Bengals, who may have a few of these offensive linemen back.

The Bengals have overwhelmed the Chiefs three straight occasions, together with the AFC Championship Game final January and a regular-season sport this season. Burrow appears to relish the large moments. I anticipate him to play effectively right here, whereas Mahomes’ restricted mobility will likely be in play. That issues and it is why the Bengals will likely be going to their second straight Super Bowl.

Pick: Bengals 27, Chiefs 24

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