AFC Championship Outlook
Guys, I feel like we’ve gotten to know each other pretty well over the course of the season, which means you know I’m a pretty humble guy. That being said, I am the hottest NFL gambler alive. I did well in the Wild Card Round (4-2) and then proceeded to crush the Divisional Round with a 3-1 record. That makes my Playoff record 7-3 through 10 games (I’m also a math wiz). Red hot. We’re going to keep it going into Conference Championship weekend. Let’s ride.
The Cincinnati Bengals will travel to Arrowhead for their first AFC Championship since 1989. Kansas City is coming off of one of the most, if not the most, exciting playoff games in the history of football. I don’t think this game will live up to that game’s standards, I don’t think many games will, but this has the elements to be a very entertaining game. I know 54.5 points is a very high total for a playoff game, but the last few AFC Championship games have been high scoring. In fact, four of the last five games have gone over the total, and three of those went over the total 54.5 total we have here.
Kansas City’s defense turned a corner earlier this season, but they looked awful last week. No offense to Gabriel Davis, but they let a no-name receiver set an NFL record for most TD catches in a playoff game. The Bengals do not have the high powered offense the Bills have, but they have some horses of their own. Joe Burrow has proven this year he can hang with the best of them, and he has proven throughout his football career that he is never afraid of his opponent.
This is a matchup between two quarterbacks who love to sling it and two defenses who have shown weaknesses. I know Cincy just picked off Ryan Tannehill three times but I put that more on Tannehill being trash. Mahomes won’t stare down receivers or throw into double coverage with the game on the line.
AFC Championship Predictions
Like I said earlier, four of the last five AFC Championship games have gone over the total. Kansas City has played in three of those, and they did not do all the scoring themselves. They gave up 37 to New England three years ago, and 24 to both Tennessee and Buffalo. The total has also gone over in seven straight games for the Chiefs. It’s going to be damn near impossible to top last week’s game, but these two teams will still score their fair share of points. Bet the over and watch two fun offenses go to work.
* All odds provided by Action247 Sportsbook and all odds subject to change.
**All views expressed are my own. My picks are my own and are not a guarantee, bet at your own risk.