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AFC Championship 2013: Odds, picks and predictions for Ravens vs. Patriots

The Patriots are heavy favorites against the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship and most experts believe New England will advance to the Super Bowl.


Coming off a 41-28 win over the Houston Texans in the Divisional round, the New England Patriots are once again big favorites in the AFC Championship. The Pats opened as 7.5 point favorites, but the line has since moved up to between 8 and as high as 10 points at some sportsbooks. Most experts around the web don't see an upset coming and think the Patriots will advance to their second straight Super Bowl.

Joel Thorman of SB Nation believes the Patriots will win 33-27. Thorman says he will continue to pick the Patriots until a defense shows they can stop their no-huddle offense.

At ESPN, eight out of 12 experts also picked New England.

Two of three Yahoo! Sports experts sided with the Patriots as well.

CBS Sports has the highest percentage of experts selecting New England, as seven out of eight experts predict a Pats victory. (It is worth nothing that the CBS experts pick against the spread as well as straight up, and when picking against a 9.5 point spread, all eight experts picked the Ravens to cover.)

In total, that is 18 out 24 experts, or 75 percent, predicting a Patriots win.