Bengals at Chiefs: Predictions, picks and odds for AFC championship
It will be a rematch of last season's AFC championship game when Joe Burrow's Cincinnati Bengals travel to Kansas City for a matchup against Patrick Mahomes' Chiefs with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line.
Can Burrow, Ja'Marr Chase and Tee Higgins carry the Bengals to a second straight conference title? Or will Mahomes, Travis Kelce and Co. return to the Super Bowl after a one-year absence? The bout pits longtime head coach Andy Reid against the Bengals' Zac Taylor. The game will kick off Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET from Arrowhead Stadium.
Here's a look at the betting details and USA TODAY's NFL staff picks for the Bengals vs. Chiefs AFC championship game:
Bengals at Chiefs odds, moneyline and over/under
Spread: Chiefs (-1.5)
Moneyline: Chiefs (-120); Bengals (+100)
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Lorenzo Reyes: Chiefs 27, Bengals 24
So much of what happens is going to hinge on Mahomes' right ankle. But the medical staff will do whatever it can for pain tolerance and I fully expect Reid and Eric Bieniemy to come up with a plan – be it quick passes or pre-snap movement and misdirection – to mitigate Mahomes’ mobility issues. The Bengals are rolling and have a track record of success against the Chiefs, but with Kansas City getting points at home and an underrated weapon in Isiah Pacheco poised for a big day, I’m on the Chiefs.
Safid Deen: Bengals 33, Chiefs 27
Cincinnati jumps on Kansas City early, as Burrow and the Bengals advance to their second straight Super Bowl, while Mahomes puts up a good fight despite his injured ankle but the Chiefs’ comeback falls short.
Richard Morin: Bengals 30, Chiefs 27
Mahomes is limited and the Bengals need to come up with a game plan to counter how the Chiefs' approach to keeping their quarterback as effective as possible given the ankle ailment. I think Cincinnati gets a winning field goal in overtime.
Jarrett Bell: Chiefs 30, Bengals 26
Nate Davis: Bengals 27, Chiefs 24
Tyler Dragon: Chiefs 28, Bengals 24
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