Bengals vs Chiefs Predictions | AFC Championship Pick of the Day

With the 2022 NFL Playoffs winding down, the Cincinnati Bengals will travel to Arrowhead Stadium to meet the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship game on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. ET.

The AFC Title game features the Chiefs and the Bengals. While we expect the Chiefs in the NFL’s version of the Final Four, there weren’t many who had the Bengals making the playoffs this season, let alone advancing to Championship Sunday.

Despite the on-paper mismatch, the battle-tested Bengals are not the team to sleep on.

All NFL odds and 2022 Championship Sunday lines are courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook and current as of 12 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 25.

Bengals vs Chiefs AFC Championship Prediction

The Chiefs are 7-point favorites entering Championship Sunday, and although the Bengals are road underdogs, I am giving them a shot to cover. I think there’s even a good chance that the Bengals win outright and represent the AFC in Super Bowl LVI.

While the Chiefs are loaded with weapons on both sides of the ball, the Bengals aren’t far behind in terms of player personnel.

With that said, I will give Kansas City a significant edge in coaching and experience because of Andy Reid and the fact that they’ve been here before.


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I used the term “battle-tested” in my intro. We know the Chiefs are, but so are some of the Bengals. Two years ago, Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase won the National Championship with LSU.

Burrow is a winner, and he’s shown it since the start of December. Since then, he’s thrown for at least 300 yards — including a 400- and 500-yard outing — in five of his seven games with a 16:6 touchdown to turnover ratio. He’s even rushed for two scores as well.

Burrow and the Bengals have gone 5-1 in their past six. Their only loss was in the regular-season finale, though Burrow and most starters were sitting. As a starter, he’s won five in a row.

During that winning streak, the Bengals defeated the Chiefs 34-31. And although that game was in Cincinnati, Burrow proved he can beat Patrick Mahomes in a shootout where he and Chase were unstoppable.

While both clubs are relatively healthy, there is one significant injury to monitor. Chiefs S Tyrann Mathieu is in the NFL’s concussion protocol from a head injury he sustained last week, and the Chiefs already had a difficult time containing Burrow and his slew of pass-catching weapons.

I know this sounds like a pro-Bengals article, but it’s not. I just don’t know what more to say about a team that is a perennial contender. The Chiefs are supposed to be here. They field the eighth-best scoring defense and the fourth-best scoring offense in the NFL. Their AFC Championship Odds have been great from the start of the season.

While the Bengals aren’t far behind offensively — they ended the regular season ranked seventh in scoring — Cincinnati’s defense must find a way to step up against Kansas City. They ranked 17th in the regular season, and while they have allowed fewer than 19 points in each of their first two playoff games, the Chiefs are different.

The key to the game for a Bengals win is their offensive line. Cincinnati has allowed 11 sacks in its first two playoff games, including nine last week to the Titans. Somehow, Burrow overcame the menacing pressure and adversity that would make most signal-callers implode.

The answer to Cincinnati’s defense and pass protection woes might come in the form of one player: Joe Mixon.

If Mixon can get going on the ground and efficiently run the ball, he will keep Mahomes on the sideline, which helps Cincy’s defense. Mixon could also assist the offensive line in pass protection. He has to play a massive role on and off the stat sheet if the Bengals are going to win.

For the Chiefs to win, their defense must step up and not allow Burrow and Chase to play catch like there are no defenders. In their last meeting, Chase went for 266 yards and three touchdowns on 11 receptions.

Kansas City’s offense will have no issues scoring the football, but if their defense doesn’t contain Chase, they’ll find themselves playing golf during Super Bowl LVI.

AFC Championship Game Prediction: Bengals 36, Chiefs 30

Ja'Marr Chase, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

Ja’Marr Chase was the key to Cincinnati’s win over Kansas City earlier this year. Can he do it again to help the Bengals reach the Super Bowl? (Image: USA TODAY Sports)


Bengals vs Chiefs Best Bets

Anthony Cervino is 35-34 on his 2021-2022 NFL Best Bets for The Game Day.

Best Bet: Bengals +7 (-110) at Caesars

Wager: 2 Units

I like the Bengals to win the game. However, the safer play is to take them with the points. Seven points is a lot in the postseason, even in a game that the consensus views as a mismatch.

In 19 games this season, the Bengals are 12-7 against the spread while the Chiefs are 10-9. Kansas City has gone 8-2 ATS in its last 10 and 2-2 over its last four. These two clubs don’t meet often, but the Bengals have covered in three of their past four meetings.

Look for this game to go down to the wire, which has been a trend for most of this postseason. Whether or not the Bengals are victorious, they have enough firepower to expose Kans City’s defense and keep the game within seven.

I would take the Bengals with the points down to (+6).

spread

-110

Bengals Cover +7 Spread @ Chiefs

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Best Bet: Over 54 Total Points (-110) at Caesars

Wager: 2 Units

I expect a ton of points on Championship Sunday in the Bengals-Chiefs matchup. In Week 17, these two teams met and scored a combined 65 points.

While the total has gone Under in five of the Bengals’ past seven games, the total has gone Over in seven consecutive Chiefs games.

Both the Bengals and Chiefs are score-first teams with defenses that can be exploited through the air. This spells disaster for Under bettors. I would take the Over up to 56. We could easily see 60+ points.

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-110

Bengals @ Chiefs: OVER 54 Points

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Best Bet: Bengals Moneyline (+270) at Caesars

Wager: 1 Unit

I’m taking the Bengals outright. Is it risky? Sure. Is it impossible? Absolutely not. If you read this article, you’d see why the Bengals can and will get the job done on the road.

Not many teams can keep up with the Chiefs in terms of scoring, but the Bengals can. Look at last week. Bills WR Gabriel Davis popped for 200+ yards and four touchdowns. Just imagine what Ja’Marr Chase will do.

Am I worried about the Bengals’ offensive line? Certainly. However, Burrow still managed to find a way to win after getting sacked nine times last week. While he didn’t throw for a touchdown, he still completed 75.7% of his passes for 348 yards and a pick.

Looking at his stat line, it doesn’t look like the pressure really phased him. Burrow is elite.

As long as Burrow doesn’t regress, the Bengals will win this game. If Patrick Mahomes can win a Super Bowl in his second year as a starter, why can’t Burrow?

moneyline

+270

Bengals Defeat Chiefs

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  • Early money slightly leaning towards the over in the 49ers-Rams matchup

    DraftKings Sportsbook is reporting good two-way action on the over/under for the NFC Championship Game matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams.

    Betting Impact:
    Per DraftKings, the over of 46 points has attracted 55% of the bets and 60% of the money thus far. Much moreso than the AFC Championship Game, the betting splits on the point spread and total in this game are much more evenly split, so the sportsbook does not have too much liability on either at the moment. From a moneyline perspective, Los Angeles's -170 moneyline odds have attracted 60% of the bets and 70% of the money.

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  • Early bettors give slight lean to the Rams over the 49ers

    Based on the betting splits at DraftKings Sportsbook, the favored Los Angeles Rams are getting slightly more betting attention in their matchup with the San Francisco 49ers.

    Betting Impact:
    Per DraftKings, Los Angeles's -3.5 point spread has received 65% of the bets and 61% of the handle thus far. Bettors are clearly torn in this matchup considering the Rams have arguably been playing better football through the first two playoff games, while the 49ers have won six consecutive games against the Rams, including a thrilling Week 18 overtime victory in Los Angeles.

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  • Early money more than 4/1 on the over in the Bengals-Chiefs matchup

    DraftKings Sportsbook is reporting one-sided betting action for Sunday's over/under in the matchup between the Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs.

    Betting Impact:
    Per DraftKings, the over of 54.5 points has attracted 75% of the bets and 85% of the money thus far. At this point, the sportsbook has big liability to the Chiefs point spread and the over in this matchup, as their most ideal scenario would be a Bengals cover in a low-scoring game at the moment. From a moneyline perspective, Kansas City's -335 moneyline odds have attracted 58% of the bets and 61% of the money.

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  • Early money 3/1 on the Chiefs over the Bengals

    DraftKings Sportsbook is reporting one-sided betting action for Sunday's matchup between the Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs, as the majority of the action is backing the favored Chiefs.

    Betting Impact:
    Per DraftKings, Kansas City's -7 point spread has received 61% of the bets and 76% of the handle thus far. Cincinnati is shaping up to be the biggest need of any side or any total this weekend, as the public seems to be enamored with the Chiefs after their thrilling Divisional Round win over Buffalo.

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  • 49ers-Rams over/under reaches lowest number of the week

    After another line movement, the over/under for the NFC Championship matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams has reached its lowest total of the week.

    Betting Impact:
    Per DraftKings, the 49ers-Rams over/under on Sunday night was posted at 47.5 points. It was quickly bet down to 46.5 in less than 24 hours. However, it has once again moved toward the under, and now currently sits at 46 points. Given that there has not yet been buyback on the over, it is extremely unlikely we see the total get back to anywhere close to the 47.5 points it opened at.

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