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Chairshot Picks: 2020-2021 NFL Conference Championship Picks

The NFL is down to their final four, and our crack staff here at The Chairshot has picks –who will advance to the Big Game At The End–err, the Super Bowl???



NFL AFC Championship NFC Championship

The NFL is down to their final four, and your crack staff here at The Chairshot picks the winners–who will advance to the Big Game At The End–err, the Super Bowl???

Welcome to the third week of the NFL second season–the Conference Championships! As we continue to expand our world here at The Chairshot (Sports… Entertainment… and Sports Entertainment!), our crack staff has put together their picks for this week’s games. Games are listed in chronological order.

Odds are provided by the William Hill Sportsbook, as of 12:00 PM Thursday.

Your panel, and their records against the spread after Week 1

  • Dave Ungar (@AttitudeAgg) – 7-3
  • Greg DeMarco (@ChairshotGreg) – 7-3
  • Rey Ca$h – (@itsreycash) – 6-4
  • Andrew Balaz (@IWCWarChief) – 6-4
  • DPP – (@itsmedpp) – 4-6
  • PC Tunney (@PCTunney) – 4-6
  • Patrick O’Dowd (@wrestlngrealist) – 4-6
  • Steve Cook (@stevecook84) – 3-7

On the heels of a perfect week 2, Andrew Balaz jumps from a last place tie to a second place tie, and I jumped up to a first place tie with Dave Ungar, who jumped over Rey Ca$h thanks to a 3 win week.

We will track records straight up as well as against the spread, but the overall winner will be determined against the spread. On with the for-entertainment-purposes-only picks. This week the point total over/under is added in, for fun. It will count towards everyone’s season record next year.

NFL Conference Championship Round – Sunday January 24, 2021

3:05 PM – NFC Championship
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Green Bay Packers (-3)
Over/Under Total 51.5

This is a week 6 rematch of the game that saw the Buccaneers dismantle the Packers in a 38-10 victory. The Bucs defense was responsible for 2 Aaron Rodgers’ interceptions (40% of his season total of 5) and 4 sacks (20% of the 20 he took all season). I know many pundits say they aren’t putting too much stock in that, but the Bucs defense owned the Saints and was the real reason Tom Brady is in his 17th Conference Championship game–just in the NFC this time. Granted, the Saints had Drew Brees, and while he’s a legend, he’s not Aaron Rodgers.

While Tom Brady vs. Aaron Rodgers is the storyline everyone wants to point out, the key to this game is really the Bucs defense vs. Aaron Rodgers’ adjustments. And Rodgers could very well take the opportunity of sharing the field with the GOAT to call his GOAT status into question.

The picks:

  • PC Tunney (@PCTunney) – Green Bay/Under
  • Rey Ca$h – (@itsreycash) – Green Bay/Over
  • Dave Ungar (@AttitudeAgg) – Tampa Bay/Over
  • Andrew Balaz (@IWCWarChief) – Tampa Bay/Over
  • DPP – (@itsmedpp) – Green Bay/Over
  • Steve Cook (@stevecook84) – Tampa Bay/Over
  • Patrick O’Dowd (@wrestlngrealist) – Green Bay/Over
  • Greg DeMarco (@ChairshotGreg) – Green Bay/Over

6:40 PM – AFC Championship
Buffalo Bills @ Kansas City Chiefs (-3)
Over/Under Total 54.5

While you have two of the league’s most mature and respected quarterbacks in our first match-up, this battle represents two of the young guns who are sure to light up the league for years to come. Patrick Mahomes has cleared concussion protocol, but I don’t think anyone expected otherwise. One groggy stand-up on Sunday night and we’re watching Chad Henne lead the red and yellow down the field once again. Josh Allen is really coming into his own throughout this run, and his team is rallying around him. Stefon Diggs might be the best off-season acquisition in all of football this year once we’re done, and that’s in the same year as a team acquired Tom Brady.

Much like our first match-up, these two teams played in Week 6, and it was the Chiefs who came out on top by 9 (26-17), but once again that’s a little misleading as we are talking about mid-October versus the Conference Championship! While my personal analysis of the early game is about Aaron Rodgers and consistency, this game for me is about momentum. The Bills are having fun, and almost don’t know any better. That makes them dangerous. I think they could spoil the “dream match” of Chiefs-Packers, a rematch from the first ever Super Bowl.

The picks:

  • PC Tunney (@PCTunney) – Kansas City/Over
  • Rey Ca$h – (@itsreycash) – Kansas City/Under
  • Dave Ungar (@AttitudeAgg) – Kansas City/Under
  • Andrew Balaz (@IWCWarChief) – Buffalo/Under
  • DPP – (@itsmedpp) – Kansas City/Under
  • Steve Cook (@stevecook84) – Kansas City/Under
  • Patrick O’Dowd (@wrestlngrealist) – Buffalo/Under
  • Greg DeMarco (@ChairshotGreg) – Buffalo/Under

A spot in the Super Bowl is at stake for the players and coaches on the field, and bragging rights hang in the balance for our Chairshot Crew. See who comes out of Week 3 with a lead!

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Cook’s Top 5: Atlanta Falcons Quarterbacks

Steve Cook continues his look at each NFL franchise’s best QBs with his Top 5 Atlanta Falcons quarterbacks!



New Orleans Saints v Atlanta Falcons

Steve Cook continues his look at each NFL franchise’s best QBs with his Top 5 Atlanta Falcons quarterbacks!

We continue our look at the Greatest Quarterbacks of each NFL franchise with another humdinger of an assortment of talent. The Atlanta Falcons have made two Super Bowl appearances during their existence, winning neither. Their first couple of decades were mediocre at best, but the 21st century has seen a reversal of fortune. The Falcons have at least seemed relevant more seasons than not.

Today we look at the top 5 Falcons quarterbacks of all time.

5. Chris Miller

Taking a look at Miller’s numbers gave me one thought: there could have been something there. He certainly wasn’t bad, with the exception of two really bad performances that consisted of his rookie season, Miller had decent enough numbers for a not so great collection of Falcons teams. He still has the third-most passing yards & is tied for the third most passing touchdowns in Falcons history.

Things improved through Miller’s time there. 1991 was his best season, throwing for over 3100 yards, getting 26 passing touchdowns and making the Pro Bowl. It seemed like Miller had a future…until two severe knee injuries led to his departure from Atlanta. He signed with the Rams in 1994 and dealt with a new recurring problem: concussions. Miller suffered 5 concussions in 14 months, with nasty side effects that led to him retiring from football.

He attempted a comeback with the Denver Broncos in 1999, but a concussion early into his tenure there led to him going back into retirement. Miller could have lived up to the high expectations people had for him coming out of Oregon, but we’ll never know.

4. Chris Chandler

Prior to arriving in Atlanta, Chandler was the definition of a journeyman. He played for five teams in the first nine seasons of his career. Chandler couldn’t catch on anywhere until he signed with the Falcons and obtained the coaching services of Dan Reeves. Business picked up then.

Chandler made the Pro Bowl in the 1997 & 98 seasons. 1998 was the season of the Dirty Birds’ 14-2 regular season and trip to the Super Bowl, where they got the honor of laying down for John Elway in his last game.

The Falcons & Chandler came back to earth in the years afterward, and it was decided to bring in a new young arm. After a year backing Chandler up, it was Michael Vick’s team. Chandler went on to the Bears & Rams in completely forgettable stints.

Chandler can say something that only one other man can: he quarterbacked the Atlanta Falcons to the Super Bowl.

3. Steve Bartkowski

Like most NFL franchises, the Falcons got off to a slow start. Ok, maybe a bit slower than most. Atlanta struggled through their first few seasons, trying to find a way to become relevant. Then, as now, one of the best ways to become relevant is to draft a franchise-level quarterback.

Atlanta found theirs with the first pick of the 1974 NFL Draft. Steve Bartkowski, who had led the nation in passing during his senior season at Cal. Bartkowski would make the Pro Bowl in 1980 & 81, and would take the Falcons to their first playoff appearance in 1978. The Falcons were such an afterthought at this time with a revolving door of head coaches, that even getting to the playoffs was one heck of an accomplishment.

Bartkowski lasted eleven seasons with the Falcons before ending his career with the Rams in 1986. He would have played more games and racked up more stats if not for the seven knee operations he went through during his career. His QB record with Atlanta was only 55-66 and he only had two winning seasons, but It’s hard to see too many people from that era doing much better with those teams.

Up until the Falcons found their current quarterback, Steve Bartkowski held every relevant Falcon passing record. He sits on the team’s board of directors, is part of the Falcons Ring of Honor and has had his jersey retired. It was a pretty solid run, and up until this century the best in Falcons history.

2. Michael Vick

Many have chosen to leave Vick off of their lists of great players due to the situation that led to his departure from Atlanta. The dogfighting ring. Don’t get me wrong, it was disgusting and Vick got what he deserved for taking part in it.

That being said, Vick has shown regret for his actions and has avoided further problems since. Football has shown a tendency to be more forgiving than other sports, people aren’t outcast forever or denied consideration for the Hall of Fame for a mistake. Vick’s play while wearing an Atlanta Falcon uniform was notable, and you can’t really tell the story of the Atlanta Falcons without mentioning him. Other than Vick, the only Falcon that ever really got mainstream coverage was Deion Sanders.

You might argue that I shouldn’t rate him over Bartkowski due to Steve’s importance to the franchise’s early days. I can only say that Vick was the most exciting quarterback I ever watched up until seeing Lamar Jackson at Louisville. What Vick lacked in passing yardage (his besy season in that category is 23rd in Falcons history), he made up for with the rest of his game.

Honorable Mention: Jeff George

George was considered an absolute bust after getting drafted first overall by the Colts in 1990. They couldn’t wait to get him out of the city after getting to know him, and the Falcons would do the same after two pretty solid seasons. George did throw for over 4,000 yards in 1995, and guided the Falcons to the playoffs for the first time since 1991. If George hadn’t made June Jones mad, he might have been in Chris Chandler’s spot for the Falcons’ first Super Bowl trip.

1. Matt Ryan

Ryan arrived in Atlanta from Boston College as the third pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. In the ensuing years, Ryan has gone on to shatter every Falcon passing record and see the team through more success than any previous quarterback. He’s played in eighty-two more games than any other Falcons QB. Completed nearly 3,000 more passes. 193 more touchdowns than second place. Over 32,000 more passing yards. Ten of the top eleven passing yardage per season totals belong to Matty Ice.

It’s not really fair to compare Ryan to his fellow Falcons. Where does he compare with his current peers? He’s never led the league in touchdowns or passing yards. He’s been to four Pro Bowls and was a first-team All-Pro in 2016. That was Ryan’s best season to this point, culminating in Ryan becoming the first Atlanta Falcon to win the Most Valuable Player award. There was also a trip to the Super Bowl that the Falcons should have won. You know, considering they were up 28-3 and all that. The Falcons had a winning record each of Ryan’s first five seasons, which was the first time they managed to have five straight winning seasons.

Ryan will be thirty-six years old when the 2021 season starts. His current contract will expire after the 2022 season. Will the Falcons keep him around so he can keep adding to his Atlanta legacy? Time will tell.

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3 Man Weave: JJ Watt, NBA All-Star Weekend

UFC 259 will see three titles defended in one evening, JJ Watt to the Cardinals and NBA All-Star weekend peek the interests of 3MW this week.



3 Man Weave: JJ Watt, NBA All-Star Weekend

UFC 259 will see three titles defended in one evening, JJ Watt to the Cardinals and NBA All-Star weekend peek the interests of 3MW this week.

#ChairshotSports presents 3 Man Weave. Join Rey Cash @itsreycash PC Tunney @PCTunney and Christopher Platt @therealcplatt as they give their unique perspectives into the American and global sporting landscapes. This week on @3_ManWeave…

  • JJ Watt Sign w/ Cardinals
  • UFC 259
  • NBA All-Star Weekend

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