NFL Picks: Offensive Threats in the NFC Championship

Swinging Johnson

Friday, January 17, 2014 4:31 PM GMT

Both of these teams seem to have a lot of options when it comes to offense, but who will be able to make the big plays in the end? Will it be the receivers or backs who make the difference in this game?

NFL Conference Championship Odds Update

San Francisco 49’ers

If one is looking for a betting edge in NFL odds in the NFC Championship then it might be food for thought that the Niners are bringing in three legitimate receiving targets to CenturyLink Field. Vernon Davis is a freakishly athletic tight end who somehow eludes the stat sheet at times only to light it up at others. There is also Anquan Boldin, the talented slot receiver that helped the Ravens to a Super Bowl title last season as well as Michael Crabtree. 

Crabtree has been described by coach Jim Harbaugh as having the best hands in the history of the NFL. Pretty heady stuff for a guy not prone to hyperbole but even if Crabtree wouldn’t be on my list or anyone else’s for best receiver of all-time you can be damn sure he is an elite receiver. What Crabtree did to the Seahawks in their last meeting was pull two defenders his way which limited him to four catches on 40 yards but it opened up the field for a terrific performance by Boldin, a TD for Davis and a win for the Niners. Is that the edge that will put San Francisco over the top? It may very well be a huge factor in your NFL picks.

NFL Picks: 49ers vs. Seahawks Betting Report

Seattle Seahawks

A rainy day and a wet track would seem to favor the Seahawks and prevent the 49’ers Colin Kaepernick from hitting streaking targets like Michael Crabtree but the weather calls for a cool dry day when the ball kicks at CenturyLink Field. However, if Seattle is looking for a silver lining (and a betting edge) on this beautiful day then one could surmise that the conditions for Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson will be ideal to keep their footing while they gobble up yardage and chew up the clock.

Even though an ideal football day would benefit the offense I cannot help but notice that the total continues to drop. Seattle and San Francisco, two of the premier defenses in the league, initially opened at a 41 total in most offshore books but that number has steadily declined to where it currently sits at 38 ½ at WilliamHill.com. How low can it go? We will keep you updated.

Breaking Down the NFL Conference Championship Teams

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