2022 NFL Playoffs: Cincinnati Bengals vs. Kansas City Chiefs AFC Championship Game Betting Odds, Preview, and Picks
One half of the 2022 AFC Championship Game features the Cincinnati Bengals, who went from a four-win team last season to Super Bowl contenders overnight. The other half of the matchup has the Kansas City Chiefs back from an intense duel in the Divisional Round and are back in the conference championship round for the fourth time in as many seasons. Which team will represent the AFC in Super Bowl LVI?
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2022 NFL Playoffs: Cincinnati Bengals vs. Kansas City Chiefs AFC Divisional Round preview and odds
Where: GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO
When: Sunday, January 30, 2022, 3:00 PM ET
Odds: Cincinnati Bengals (+7) at Kansas City Chiefs (-7); total: 54.5
Where to Watch: CBS
What to know about the Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Kansas City Chiefs betting odds for Cincinnati: +7
In a Divisional Round weekend filled with road-team upsets, the Cincinnati Bengals got that trend going on Saturday afternoon with their 19-16 victory over the Tennessee Titans in Nashville. The Bengals are back in the AFC Championship Game for the first time since 1988 and, surprisingly, it wasn’t phenomenal young quarterback Joe Burrow who was the key to their latest win.
Despite completing 28 of 37 passes for 348 yards, Burrow failed to find the end zone and even threw one costly interception. It was starting running back Joe Mixon who scored Cincinnati’s lone offensive TD to put his team up 10 in the middle of the third quarter. On a more positive note, Burrow is still clicking with former LSU teammate Ja’Marr Chase, as Chase finished with 109 receiving yards on five catches.
The biggest surprise, meanwhile, is the Bengals’ defense shutting down the Titans’ offense with a healthy Derrick Henry back in the lineup, as they managed to pick off Tennessee’s Ryan Tannehill on three occasions. On the other hand, allowing a whopping nine sacks to the Titans is not a good look for Cincy’s pass protection, either.
What to know about the Kansas City Chiefs
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Kansas City Chiefs betting odds for Kansas City: -7
On Sunday night, NFL fans witnessed one of the most amazing playoff games of all time, as the Kansas City Chiefs outlasted the Buffalo Bills in Sunday night’s 42-36 overtime barn-burner. The Chiefs remain the team to beat in the conference and are the gatekeepers of the AFC Championship Game for the fourth consecutive season.
What more did we expect out of Patrick Mahomes in another big moment? The former league and Super Bowl MVP had an immaculate gun-slinging battle against Buffalo’s Josh Allen, with Mahomes’ 378 passing yards and four offensive TDs (one on the ground) proving to be more potent that evening. This includes a magnificent eight-play, 75-yard game-winning touchdown drive in OT to prevent the Bills another shot at a comeback.
For as amazing as KC’s offense was, the same could not be said about the team’s defense, which allowed 422 yards of offense from Allen and the Bills. Buffalo also converted all four of their fourth-down attempts and did not turn the ball over at all. In turn, the Chiefs need to regain their composure, especially with their 34-31 loss to the Bengals in Week 17 of the regular season still relatively fresh in their collective memories.
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Cincinnati Bengals vs. Kansas City Chiefs betting trends
- Cincinnati is 6-2 in its last eight road games (SU/ATS). The point total went under in each of the team’s last four road trips.
- Kansas City is a perfect 7-0 at home in the preseason since 2020 (6-1 ATS). The point total went over in five of those seven playoff games played in Arrowhead.
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What’s your Cincinnati Bengals vs. Kansas City Chiefs AFC Championship Game prediction?
The Chiefs were and continue to be the cream of the AFC crop with their amazing nail-biting victory over the Bills and another clutch performance from Mahomes. However, let’s not forget that the Bengals did beat KC in a crucial game late in the regular season as well. That being said, if Burrow puts out a performance akin to Josh Allen this past weekend(and he’s certainly capable of doing so), Cincy has a really good chance to upset the reigning kings of the AFC.
*All stated odds are subject to change without prior notice.