NFL Picks: Defensive Question-marks in the NFC Championship

Swinging Johnson

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 8:05 PM GMT

We take another look into the NFC Championship between the San Francisco 49er's and the Seattle Seahawks to keep trying to find any advantage we can in our betting. Let's take a look at some key players who might impact this game.

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San Francisco 49'ers

Although the last game of the regular season would not be the last game the 49'ers would play, it appeared as though the end of the road had come at an excruciatingly inopportune time for cornerback Carlos Rogers. On December 29th the Niners had secured their postseason berth with a 23-20 outright victory and cover over Arizona as three-point road dogs in the NFL odds.

However, it was on that day that Carlos Rogers sustained a hamstring injury and has yet to practice. However he, like his injured teammate Will Tukuafu at fullback, are preparing to suit up on game day against the Seahawks. But the question remains how effective will Rogers be after battling the rust that comes with sitting and watching? Is he a help or a hindrance? It may make a difference in the outcome of the game and who the NFC entrant into the Super Bowl proves to be.

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Seattle Seahawks

If you are looking for those subtle edges that may escape the general public and even the wise guys at the betting windows perhaps this may be of interest to you when you make your NFL picks. The officials appear to be letting the boys play ball in the playoffs much more so than in the regular season. According to nflpenalties.com, the people who make it their business to know about such things, the number of penalties in the postseason are lower than those called in the regular season. Not just this year but over the past four years.

In the playoff games played so far this year the number of penalties is approximately two per game lower than the average called in the regular season. And don't forget that includes the embarrassing amount of neutral zone infractions and offsides penalties called on the clueless San Diego Chargers this past weekend. If the refs are going to let the defensive backs play more physically you would think advantage - Seattle.

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