5 Most Popular Bets for Kansas City Chiefs vs. Cincinnati Bengals AFC Championship Game

The Cincinnati Bengals travel to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs for the AFC Championship game. Here is a breakdown of the most popular bets for the Chiefs vs. Bengals matchup.
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Patrick Mahomes has a poor history facing the Bengals as he is just 1-3 in his career versus Cincinnati, and he has never beaten the Bengals with Joe Burrow. All reports suggest Mahomes is good to go despite the ankle injury he suffered in the Divisional Round win over the Jaguars, and the number-one offense by DVOA will need him to be if they plan on reaching the Super Bowl. Here's what DraftKings Sportsbook bettors are betting on. We've listed the five most popular bets for tonight's AFC Championship game via DraftKings.

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Chiefs vs. Bengals Start Time and Where to Watch

  • Date: Sunday, January 29, 2022
  • Start Time: 6:30 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: CBS

Chiefs vs. Bengals Odds

  • Spread: Chiefs -2 (-110), Bengals +2 (-110)
  • Moneyline: Chiefs (-120), Bengals (+115)
  • Total: Over 48 (-110), Under 48 (-1010)

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Chiefs vs. Bengals Against the Spread Betting

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Chiefs vs. Bengals Moneyline Betting

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With Patrick Mahomes carrying the ankle injury into Sunday night's AFC Championship game bettors have flocked to the window all week long to lay the points on the Bengals and also take the Bengals on the moneyline.

Both the spread and moneyline have wavered back and forth in favor of both teams over the last week. The Chiefs opened as 2.5-point favorites, but sportsbooks quickly moved the line in favor of the Bengals earlier in the week as most of the money was coming in on Joe Burrow and the Bengals to advance to their second straight Super Bowl appearance. The Bengals were favored by the middle of the week in Chiefs vs. Bengals odds, but with videos of Mahomes moving well at practice late in the week surfacing, the line has moved back in favor of the Chiefs. Even with the line shifting back in favor of Mahomes and the Chiefs, most of the bets and over 70% of the money is on the Bengals and Joe Burrow to cover the spread.

The Chiefs allowed touchdowns on 5.3% of passes and 36.4 pass attempts per game. The Chiefs allowed the most touchdown passes in the NFL this season, and the Bengals own the sixth-heaviest pass attack in the NFL. This coincides with the Hayden Hurst prop bet, as bettors believe the Bengals will often look to their tight end. Hurst has 12 receptions for 104 yards in the Bengals two playoff games. Burrow's rushing prop is interesting, as he has hit this number in just 6 games during the regular season. Burrow has only hit this number in 2 of his 6 career playoff games, but he has hit it in 2 of his 3 career games against the Chiefs.

Despite splitting snaps and touches with Jerick McKinnon out of the Chiefs backfield, Pacheco has shown his explosiveness in the second half of the season and in last week's game against the Jaguars. The Bengals have a strong rush defense, but with Mahomes possibly hobbled, bettors believe the Chiefs will rely on the run more.

Contradictory to the Pacheco prop, bettors are grabbing the plus-money on Mahomes to connect on at least three touchdown passes. The Bengals defense was excellent all season long and even slowed down the high-flying Bills and Josh Allen last week. Mahomes led the league in touchdowns this season.

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Tom Viera is an experienced betting and fantasy sports writer. Tom brings a vast knowledge of all things NFL, NBA, MLB and soccer to the OddsChecker stable of handicappers.

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