NFL.com analysts overwhelmingly see the New England Patriots beating the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship Game to advance to Super Bowl XLVI to play either the San Francisco 49ers or New York Giants. Of the eight analysts making predictions, six of them like New England, while only two think the Ravens can pull out the victory.
Only Albert Breer and Adam Rank believe Baltimore has any chance at New England, while the other guys, most notably Jason La Canfora, Steve Wyche and Michael Lombardi, do not see the Ravens pulling off the upset.
Not surprisingly, five of the eight analysts like the New York Giants to pull off the upset over San Francisco 49ers and face the Patriots in Indianapolis. The Patriots are at least a touchdown favorite over the Ravens while the 49ers are around a field goal favorite hosting the Giants.
With the bigger spread in the Patriots-Ravens game, most of the so-called experts just do not see the ravens offense being able to either keep up with the Pats offense or the Ravens defense able to stop, much less slow down the high-flying New England offense.
What do those guys know?