AFC Championship Odds: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Cincinnati Bengals Betting Preview, Predictions, and Picks

The Kansas City Chiefs take on the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Championship. Join us as we preview the game and serve up our predictions. 
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AFC Championship Odds: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Cincinnati Bengals Betting Preview, Predictions, and Picks

The Cincinnati Bengals will attempt to do what others have tried and failed to do before them: beat the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship game. 

The Bengals won their first playoff game in over 30 years only a fortnight ago. Now, they face their biggest test of the playoffs at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs are through to their fourth-straight AFC Championship game. The last time Kansas City failed at this hurdle was in 2018. In Patrick Mahomes’ NFL debut season when they lost to the New England Patriots in overtime.

Can the Bengals continue their dream run or will the Chiefs set the record straight? Find out as we preview this game and serve up choice NFL picks. 

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Cincinnati Bengals AFC Championship When, Where, How to Watch, and Odds

 Date: Sunday, January 30, 2022

 Time: 3:00 PM ET

 Location: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City

 TV Network: CBS

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Bengals Betting Preview

Think the Bengals will win it all? Click here to bet them at +750

It’s safe to assume that nobody (or very few) at the start of the 2021 NFL season had the Cincinnati Bengals reaching the AFC Championship game or winning it, save for diehard Bengals fans probably. The Bengals were a longshot bet at +5000 to win the AFC according to multiple sportsbooks. 

Cincinnati’s astonishing run to the conference title game is a testament to the culture cultivated by coach Zac Taylor and his staff. A team ethos rooted in the “Who Dey” chant that has captured the imagination of Cincy fans. Who coined this phrase is a mystery, but its currency is undeniable. 

The Bengals upset the Tennessee Titans 19-16 in the Division Round last Sunday, coming through for their backers as the 4-point road underdogs in the surprising triumph. It wasn’t a pretty game, but Zac Taylor’s side won’t be apologizing for it. There’s been some suggestion since that Cincy’s win proves the Titans were imposters, after all, the faux top seed in the AFC, as if to suggest the Bengals don’t belong in the conference title game. 

That narrative doesn’t sit well with the “Who Dey” boys. Joe Burrow was the most vocal about it in his post-game interview, indicating his frustration with those that aren’t taking the Bengals seriously in the playoffs. He finished by issuing a warning, “Teams are going to have to pay attention to us.”

Chiefs Betting Preview

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Hands down, the best game of the Division Round was the clash between the Buffalo Bills and the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night. It was the most hyped-up game of the weekend, and it didn’t disappoint. 

Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes rose to the occasion and delivered a thrilling shootout that surpassed all expectations. The Chiefs ended up winning the game 42-36 in overtime, but the Bills could have easily won it too. The Chiefs won the coin toss, and on their first drive in extra time, Mahomes set up Travis Kelce for the game-winning touchdown. Allen never got to touch the ball again. 

NFL playoff rules are such that the first team to score a touchdown wins the game. While there’s an argument to be had about expanding those rules to allow both teams a fair crack at the ball in overtime, nobody is suggesting the Chiefs don’t deserve to be in the AFC Championship game. 

The Chiefs won nine of their last ten games down the stretch to finish with a 12-5 record, a sixth-straight AFC West title and clinched the No.2 seed in the AFC. Since the Mahomes era began, Kansas City is a perennial favorite in Super Bowl betting markets and, unquestionably, the best team in the AFC.  

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Kansas City Chiefs vs. Cincinnati Bengals AFC Championship Odds

BengalsOver 54.5 (-105)+7 (+100)+280
ChiefsUnder 54.5 (-110)-7 (+100)-325

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Bookmakers are cornering this game in Kansas City’s camp, with the Chiefs spotting a touchdown to the Bengals. Markets went to press with the Chiefs at 6.5 points, but by Monday the line moved up a half-point. The total for this game is set to 54.5 points, climbing up from an opening 53.5 points. The significant jump implies bettors are expecting a shootout between this pair. 

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Cincinnati Bengals AFC Championship Prediction and Picks

The Bengals stunned the Chiefs in the penultimate round of the regular season, serving up a 34-31 upset at Paul Brown Stadium. The Chiefs were tipped as the 3.5-point road favorites, but they failed to come through on those market expectations. It was their only defeat in the second half of the season, marring their otherwise impressive run down the stretch that included winning nine of their last ten games. 

The Chiefs will be eager to set the record straight in their second meeting with the Bengals this season. Now, with home advantage on their side, and buoyed by the incredible division round victory, one has to believe the Chiefs will come through with the victory this time around. 

This doesn’t mean that Bengals will be a cakewalk. They’ve shown that the occasion isn’t too big for them despite their lack of experience at this stage. They’re deserving AFC finalists. But getting past the Chiefs will take something special – if not divine intervention. Josh Allen knows only too well how hard it is after failing at the time of asking twice. 

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Cincinnati Bengals AFC Championship Pick

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Nikki Adams is a freelance sports writer that’s honed in on the world of sports betting. She joined OddsChecker in 2021 after having covered a number of major American sports, including NFL and NCAAF, for several other publications in the industry. When she’s not looking for the best betting angles and writing engaging and insightful articles, she’s likely on a tennis court or binging on reality TV.

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