NFL Betting Lines Jets vs Steelers AFC Championship Predictions

January 23rd, 2011 by

jets vs steelersAfter a weekend of memorable wildcard action followed up by some unforgettable divisional round playoff matchups just two teams remain in the AFC and once again NFL betting odds gurus are expecting a tight game.

The AFC North winning Pittsburgh Steelers (13-4) and the NY Jets (13-5) are set to do battle in what will no doubt be a matchup dominated by two of the most fierce defenses in the NFL. Both teams have had some very tough games so far in the 2011 playoffs and both teams battle tested and more than ready for this AFC championship matchup.

The Steelers knocked off their hated division rival in a slugfest last weekend at Heinz Field to come form 14 points down in a come from behind win in the 4th quarter. The Jets have had to play and defeat 2 quality opponents on the road (Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots) in order to get opportunity to play in this weekend’s AFC Championship game and playing on the road –yet again- should have little effect on this group.

Kickoff for this Sunday matchup is set for 6:35 Eastern Time and SBG Global Sportsbook opened with the Steelers as a 3.5-point favorite with an over/under total at 38.5. The over/under on this game is telling as not many points are expected to be scored. Both of these teams are defined by their defenses which 1st (Steelers 14.5 ppg) and 6th (Jets 19.0 ppg) in scoring. When it comes to odds NFL experts like the home team by a slim margin in what should be a low scoring game.

Last weekend both teams surprised fans and experts alike by exploding for an offensive outpouring of a combined 51 points. But don’t expect that again this Sunday.

Neither team has a very impressive offense (Steelers are averaging 23.4 ppg, Jets 22.9 ppg) and the defense should set the tone. Neither team will likely be able to move the ball on the ground as these are two of the premier rush defenses in the NFL (Steelers #1, Jets #3) and that could make it very difficult for either team to move the ball as neither side is likely to take big risks in the passing game. Look for a low scoring game and a Steelers win what should be a low scoring NFL gambling matchup.

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