AFC Conference Championship Picks: Chiefs vs Bengals Odds, Preview, & Prediction

The Kansas City Chiefs welcome the Cincinnati Bengals to Arrowhead Stadium this Sunday in what should be a shootout between two of the NFL’s elite offenses, and, if you’re looking for the latest odds, team news, and NFL Conference Championship Picks for the game, you’ve come to the right place. Plus, discover how you can claim a $1,000 deposit bonus at the BetOnline sportsbook. 

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  • NFL: AFC Championship Game – Kansas City Chiefs vs Cincinnati Bengals
  • Sunday, January 30 at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas, MO
  • The game begins at 15:00 EST
  • Broadcast live on CBS and streamed live on Paramount+

AFC North champions, the Cincinnati Bengals, face AFC West champions, the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Conference Championship game on Sunday.

It’s a game that will see 2020 No.1 overall draft pick Joe Burrow go toe-to-toe against the -consensus agreed- best quarterback in the NFL, Patrick Mahomes, so expect a great afternoon of elite-level football.

We’ll be assessing both teams’ chances for Championship glory below. Plus, get the latest odds at BetOnline, a full game preview, the latest team news, and our football NFL AFC Conference Championship Picks for the game.

Chiefs vs Bengals Odds 

Below are the latest Chiefs vs Bengals odds as seen on BetOnline on Friday, January 28.

Our betting picks are highlighted in bold. Odds are subject to change.

Game Lines Chiefs odds vs Bengals  Bengals odds vs Chiefs
Moneyline -355 +285
Spread -7 (-119) +7 (-101)
Total Points U54.5 (-110) O54.5 (-110)
NFL Picks on the Prop Market: QB Patrick Mahomes to throw 3+ TD passes +100 n/a

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Chiefs vs Bengals Preview 

The Cincinnati Bengals rolled over Derek Carr and the Las Vegas Raiders in the Wild Card Round, winning 26-19. The Bengals went ahead early, and, though the Raiders did bring it back to within a score by the end, you always got the impression that Joe Burrow and co. had an extra gear to shift into if required.

Last weekend saw a much sterner test for Zac Taylor’s team. The Bengals came up against the No.1 seed in the AFC, the Tennessee Titans, and at the Nissan Stadium. But, the end result was much the same. Cincinnati passed with flying colors:

Led by the excellent Joe Burrow at QB, who was sacked 9 times and hit an astonishing 13 times as the Bengals’ offensive line struggled to contain Jeffrey Simmons, somehow the former LSU star managed to dust himself off to go 28/37 for 348-yards. Burrow may have not have thrown a TD pass but, stuck behind a porous offensive line, could have done little more to aid his side’s cause. Burrow’s pinpoint throwing led to big nights for WRs Ja’Marr Chase (109-yards – as always) and Tee Higgins (96-yards).

With Ryan Tannehill struggling in the pocket for the Titans, coming under little pressure but throwing three picks regardless, it highlighted just what a generational talent the fit-again Burrow really is.

Still though, in the wake of a possessed Titans pass rush, it was left to rookie-K Evan McPherson (4/4) to steal the show late in the fourth as the Bengals qualified for their first AFC Championship game since 1988!

Trey Hendrickson chalked up sacks vs Raiders in the Wild Card Round
Trey Hendrickson chalked up yet another sack vs Raiders in the Wild Card Round but left the game early (concussion) and was quiet vs Titans. Bengals fans will be hoping the former Saint is back to top form vs Mahomes and co.

Next up for the Bengals, however, a different proposition altogether – a trip to Arrowhead to take on the unmatched best team in the NFL over the past three seasons, the Kansas City Chiefs.

Andy Reed’s team struggled defensively during the early goings of the regular season but rediscovered their collective mojo by about the midway point. Since then, the Chiefs have been near unstoppable. Emphasis on the ‘near,‘ though, because the Chiefs did lose a game since the D returned to form; a 31-34 L to -you guessed it- the Bengals in Week-17.

The Chiefs rebounded well though, trouncing the Steelers, 41-21, in the Wild Card Round in what was Ben Roethlisberger’s last ever game. QB Patrick Mahomes threw 30/39 for 404-yards and five TDs, including a stint just before and after the half when it felt like every pass Mahomes threw ended up in the endzone.

Next up for Kansas was the visit of Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills in the Divisional Round.

In a game that football fans will forever remember as an epic offensive shootout between arguably the two best QBs of the modern era (let’s see what Burrow has to say about it on Sunday before we commit), the Chiefs, led by Mahomes and WR Tyreek Hill (150-yards; 1TD), somehow twice clawed their way back from losing positions in the final 90 seconds of play to level the game in the final seconds thanks to the boot of Harrison Butker before Mahomes strolled upfield in overtime to throw the winning TD pass to WR Travis Kelce.

Not related to betting at all but it was the greatest end to any game that I’ve ever seen – if you somehow missed it, watch it.

Anyway, on the back of that epic double-comeback win vs the Bills, the oddsmakers clearly feel that the Chiefs are on a collision course for another Lombardi Trophy.

But, they’ll need to erase that Week-17 defeat against a similar, offensively-minded team in the Bengals first, and, as so many have found out already this season, it’s easier said than done!

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Chiefs vs Bengals Team News

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SS Tyrann Mathieu (concussion) is the only big injury concern for the Chiefs

LB Germain Pratt and DE Cam Sample (groin) are the only concerns for the Bengals ahead of the Kansas game. Zac Taylor’s team is at full strength otherwise.

As for the Chiefs, S Tyrann Mathieu left the Bills game with a concussion. But, the defensive captain has been back in training since Tuesday, looks to be suffering no ill effects, and should feature prominently.

AFC Conference Championship Picks: Chiefs vs Bengals

Though the Bengals did defeat the Chiefs just a month ago, and though I do back Burrow and the offensive backfield to get it done against just about any team based on current form, I’ve got big concerns over the performance of the Cincinnati offensive line vs the Titans.

Titans pass rusher Jeffrey Simmons was in Burrow’s pocket seemingly on every single play. And, as good as Simmons is -and he is massively underappreciated- it does make you worry about how this same OL is going to deal with Chris Jones, Melvin Ingram, and Chris Jones.

Mahomes, on the other hand, is nestled neatly behind one of the best sets of blockers in the game at present. Joe Thuney, Orlando Brown Jr., and Creed Humphrey (to name just a few of them) have had great seasons and look equally formidable in the post-season to date.

As such…

Chiefs vs Bengals AFC Conference Championship Prediction: Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes has more time in the pocket to dictate the play, enabling Kansas to win and cover the -7 spread

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