The AFC Championship has the Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday to determine who goes to Super Bowl 56. Can the Chiefs win and head West? Once there, you can check out betting options by looking at Super Bowl odds.
Welcome to the AFC Championship Game
It is hard to believe but there are just four NFL games left this season. Two of those take place on Sunday as the AFC Championship game comes to us live via Kansas City. The Kansas City Chiefs host the Cincinnati Bengals with the winner representing the AFC in Super Bowl 56. Those Divisional Round games were amazing, especially the epic between the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs. Expect more fireworks here.
This game starts at 3:10 PM ET on Sunday afternoon from GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. The conference championship will be telecast on CBS. Expect the weather to be Partly to be Mostly Sunny with temperatures in the 40’s for game time. Always remember weather forecasts can change, however.
The AFC Championship Pick expects to be a high-quality game no matter what. Here at Canada Sports Betting, we bring you our pick for Sunday, January 30th. Sports bettors want the numbers. We have numbers.
AFC Championship Numbers Betting Table
The AFC Championship numbers betting table is kind of like one would expect. With the Kansas City Chiefs being the home team, they do have a touchdown advantage over the Cincinnati Bengals. A spot in the super bowl is on the line Sunday evening. The betting table is below which features odds based on the moneyline as is the focus at CSB.
Let’s have a look at the current NFL Playoffs odds.
Some movement is expected on this moneyline as the week goes on. To get the sports bettor ready, there are a few NHL games as well during the week and NHL Free Picks has you covered.
Road to the AFC Championship – Cincinnati Bengals
The Cincinnati Bengals took a road that was filled with survival to the AFC Championship game. They entertained the Las Vegas Raiders and were able to hold them off 26-19 behind a formidable passing attack that features quarterback Joe Burrow and receivers Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins, and Tyler Boyd. Then, there is Joe Mixon who can at least carry the ball efficiently. The game comes down to Burrow being Burrow.
Against the Tennessee Titans, Burrow played things much smarter. He did make the one mistake with the interception. However, the Bengals’ quarterback threw for 348 yards and just missed on a couple of potential touchdown passes. Tennessee just could not control the game enough as the Bengals’ passing game controlled the clock as Cincinnati had the ball for over 33 minutes on the road. The 19-16 win was a product of timely fourth-quarter defence.
What happened next had to be surprising as Cincinnati probably thought they were headed to Buffalo. However, when the Kansas City Chiefs pulled off the improbable, the Bengals knew what they were in for. Again, there are concerns with the Bengals’ rushing defence in particular. It is known that they are vulnerable to top attacks.
The AFC Championship beckons next for the Cincinnati Bengals and the six-alarm chilli is heading to Kansas City.
Road to the AFC Championship – Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs enjoyed a somewhat simpler road from home to the AFC Championship. Their first game was a layup versus the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger simply could not keep up with Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs’ passing game. Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce are a 1-2 punch that most teams just cannot slow down. At home, they are even more dangerous. The duo helped Mahomes to six touchdowns in a 42-21 rout.
Kansas City then entertained the Buffalo Bills. The problem with that was how soundly Buffalo handled Mahomes and the Chiefs in Kansas City. That 38-20 drubbing set the tone for this game. Both teams went toe to toe throughout most of the game. It was close and tight throughout. At 26-21 with two minutes left, the game went nuts. 25 points in two minutes rarely ever happen. After all the chaos, the game went into overtime.
Fortunately for the Chiefs, they won the coin toss. Patrick Mahomes drove the Chiefs right down the field and found Travis Kelce in the back corner of the end zone. Now, the Chiefs have taken the moneyline, spread, and over in both games so far. Now, they get the Cincinnati Bengals.
AFC Championship Pick – Kansas City over Cincinnati
The AFC Championship features a return matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals. Our pick does not come lightly here. Look at the craziness that happened last week and a Chiefs’ offence that has a playoff leading 48.71 points above expectation. The previous meeting was a nail-biter in its own right as the Bengals were able to turn back the Chiefs 34-31 behind 446 yards from Joe Burrow and four touchdowns.
Now, Patrick Mahomes and company were a bit slowed down at times but still they racked up 155 yards rushing and had several opportunities to go over the 300-yard mark passing. Cincinnati did get the benefit of a questionable call that changed the outcome of the game. In Kansas City, things expect to be different. The Chiefs will try to run a bit more to set up those deeper plays to Hill and Kelce. They should be more successful as well.
Take the Kansas City Chiefs in a tight game over the Cincinnati Bengals as our AFC Championship Pick.
Kansas City Chiefs
To beat the Cincinnati Bengals