The Steelers remain a solid 1-to-2 choice to win their second consecutive Super Bowl title and are rated a strong 9-point pick over the Houston Oilers in the rematch for the AFC championship.
In the NFC portion of the battle for a passport to Pasadena, the Los Angeles Rams are a 3-point pick over the surprising Tampa Bay Bucaneers.
The Steelers, who have a strong defense coupled with the most explosive attack of the four teams remaining in the playoffs, will be tough to beat in Pittsburgh, where they have not lost a playoff game since 1972. In fact, the Steelers have won 22 of their last 23 games in Three Rivers Stadium -- the only loss at the hands of Houston in an exciting Monday night clash in 1978.
The key to the NFC championship battle resides in the ability of either club's defense to play to best form. It will be difficult for either team to score many points. While the Steelers are 1-to-2 to wind up winning the Pasadena, the Rams, are a 4-to-1 choice to win it all while the Bucs are now 7-1. The Oilers, by virtue of their date with Pittsburgh, are the longshots in the championship round of the competition at 10-to-1.