Weekend ratings predictions: NFL conference championships, NBA and more

AFC championship game: Steelers-Patriots (6:30 p.m. Sunday, CBS). The late conference championship window has been a subpar draw the past two years, earning a 24.1 rating last year (Cardinals-Panthers) and a 22.5 in 2015 (Colts-Patriots) the two lowest ratings in the window since 2009. This Cheap Dolphins Jerseys year’s Steelers-Patriots matchup should blow past those relatively low numbers. Whether it will do well enough to match last year’s Patriots-Broncos AFC title game, which had a 29.3 rating in the afternoon window, is another story. Prediction: 27.7.

John Elway hired his former backup QB buddy because he had full trust in him, and Kubiak led to the Broncos to a Super Bowl 50 win in his first season as coach. Although Joseph was plucked away from his defensive coordinator job with the Dolphins, he did his best resume-building as the Texans’ defensive backs coach from 2011-13, Kubiak’s final three seasons in Houston.

That also timed with the tenure of Wade Phillips as defensive coordinator. With Kubiak and Phillips being able to vouch for Joseph’s acumen and ability to relate with players, no other candidate could boast the same recommendation.

Joseph has coached defense as an assistant in either college or the NFL Cheap Dream Team Jerseys since 2002, but he was a backup quarterback and running back in college before being converted to defensive back in the NFL, where he played from 1995 to ’96.

Seattle finished 7-1 this season at home, where it also plays better overall offense. Neither Russell Wilson nor Matthew Stafford can ask for much help from their running games, so its about making tough pass plays downfield in their one-dimensional attacks.