NFL Conference Championship Best Bets: Our Staff's Favorite Picks for the Conference Championship Games

Our stable of expert NFL handicappers give us their best bets from the AFC and NFC Conference Championship games this Sunday. Who should you be backing? Check out our experts' favorite picks here
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NFL Conference Championship Best Bets: Our Staff's Favorite Picks for the Conference Championship Games

The NFL Conference Championship games are just a few days away. So, we called in a few of our expert handicappers to give us their best bets for Sunday. Spread? Total? Player props? Whatever they think is the best way to win money this weekend, you'll find that pick here.

Sunday gets started with the AFC Championship as the Bengals travel to Arrowhead to take on the Chiefs. Can Joe Burrow win the AFC in just his second season? Or, more importantly, can he cover the 7.5 points they're getting?

In the NFC, a pair of NFC West teams meet for the third time this season in the NFC Championship. The Rams look to end their current skid against the 49ers and book a trip to the Super Bowl in their first season with Matthew Stafford under center.

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Conference Championship Best Bets

Matt O'Leary: Bengals +7.5 @ -114 (Bet $114 to win $100)

We're getting a hook with the hottest team in the NFL? Sign me up! I'm riding this Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals train to the final stop and while I think their magical run comes to an end this week, I like them to keep it close. Cincy is 6-0 against the spread over their last six games and as road underdogs this year they are 5-1. As for the Chiefs, they're just 5-4 against the spread when favored by a touchdown or more this season. The Bengals also just beat K.C. back in Week 17 and we saw Burrow go for 400+ and four touchdowns. Look for him to be able to go punch for punch with Patrick Mahomes and expect a high-scoring shootout. Plus let's be honest, anyone who is a non-Chiefs fan should be rooting for Burrow to knock out the Chiefs so we're not subjected to two weeks of Jackson Mahomes and Brittany Matthews content leading up to the Super Bowl.

-- Matt O' Leary (@MattOLearyNY)

Matt McCuen: Rams -3 @ -120 (Bet $120 to win $100)

I am going to be backing the LA Rams this weekend with the -3 number. I love this spot for the Rams after getting beat twice during the regular season by the 49ers. The Rams will be well prepared for this playoff game. With Jimmy Garoppolo not at 100% and this Rams defense playing great football, I think they will be able to force a turnover or two against him in this game. I am trusting Matthew Stafford to get the job done and continue his dominant postseason play. I think we are getting a great number on the Rams as I have this line closer to -5.5 or -6, so I am all in on the Rams this weekend to punch their ticket to the Super Bowl!

-- Matt McCuen (@DeadPresPicks)

Tom Viera: Bengals vs. Chiefs Over 54.5 @ -105 (Bet $105 to win $100)

I'm going away from an anytime TD here, but I've found the next best thing. Points! Maybe it's just my love for touchdowns but this game will see its fair share of points scored on Sunday. The Chiefs averaged 28 points per game in the regular season and have scored 42 points in each playoff game this postseason. There were a total of 45 points scored in just the first half when the Chiefs and Bengals faced off in Week 17 on January 2, with the Chiefs accounting for 28 of those points. The weather forecast looks great at Arrowhead (nothing like here at the Jersey Shore right now). For what it's worth the last three AFC Championship games all have soared over this number. (62, 59, and 68 points) The Chiefs hosted all three of those at Arrowhead. The Bengals blitz at the fourth-lowest rate in the league, which should leave Mahomes with plenty of time in the pocket. He has had three consecutive home games with three-plus touchdown passes. On the other side, the Bengals' offense is more than capable and will keep this one close. We can expect this one to be entertaining! Best of luck if you tail!

-- Tom Viera(@Tom_Viera)

Gray Gutfreund: Travis Kelce Anytime TD @ -125 (Bet $125 to win $100)

Travis Kelce is unstoppable. He’s been instrumental to the Chiefs’ playoff success this season and over the last few seasons. He has 90+ Yards and a touchdown in each of Kansas City’s two postseason victories in 2022. And, the 7-time Pro Bowler now has 6 touchdowns in his last 5 games. Kelce has a great matchup against the Bengals for this week’s AFC Championship showdown. Cincy ranked bottom 6 in receptions, yards, and touchdowns allowed to tight ends this season. Kelce was even able to find the end zone when these two teams met just four weeks ago. He has 12 TDs in 18 games this season and has a terrific chance to hit pay dirt with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line.

-- Gray Gutfreund (@propbetguru)

Brian Good: Bengals ML @ +300 (Bet $100 to win $300)

I love the Bengals a million different ways this weekend. I like Burrow to throw over 300 yards, I like Ja'Marr Chase to score and I like them to cover the spread (especially if you get the hook). But, Matt has already given out the Bengals for this one, like the sharp bettor he is, so I decided to just go for it with the Bengals ML. Is this necessarily the smartest bet? No, of course not. But, as my friend John Hyslop is quick to point out, we're here to have fun and win some money, not be smart. The Bengals are the most fun team left in the playoffs. Joe Burrow is electric and Ja'Marr Chase, Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins give him the type of weapons needed to pull off an upset on the road. They just beat this Chiefs team a few weeks ago in Cincinnati. Now the sportsbooks are giving me the same result at 3/1? I'll take that value.

-- Brian Good (@BeGood1219)

Stuart Durst: 49ers ML @ +160 (Bet $100 to win $160)

The San Francisco 49ers have marched right into LA and taken the mighty Rams down once, I think they do it again on Sunday. I’ve never once heard a coach vs. coach win streak brought up as a negative so many times, implying that because Shanahan has bested McVay too many times, it’s less likely to happen again. If the 49ers continue to efficiently run the ball, put Jimmy G in good situations, and avoid costly turnovers then they can win this ballgame. I’m surprised this spread hasn’t moved since it opened at 3.5, love the hook there, I’m just so confident they take it outright I’ll bet the money line instead.

-- Stuart Durst (@MonotoneFootbal)

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Brian is a sports journalist with close to ten years of experience in the business. A lifelong Philadelphia sports fan with a passion for all things sports gambling.

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