The Cincinnati Bengals and the Kansas City Chiefs will see each other in the AFC Championship Game for the second year in a row. Last year, it was the Bengals who went to the Super Bowl to represent the AFC. Will they successfully defend their AFC crown? Or will the Chiefs avenge that loss to get a ticket back to the Super Bowl? Check out our preview of this Bengals vs Chiefs game in the AFC Championship Game.
Betting Preview for the Cincinnati Bengals vs Kansas City Chiefs AFC Championship Game on January 29, 2023
Where: GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City
When: Sunday, January 29, 2023, 6:30 PM ET
TV Broadcast: CBS
Betting on the Cincinnati Bengals (+1.0)
Regular Season Record: 12-4
Give the Bengals the respect they deserve. The Bengals are a win away from successfully defending their AFC crown after they took down the Buffalo Bills on the road last Sunday, 27-10. Joe Burrow passed for 242 passing yards and two touchdowns with zero interceptions while on 23/36 completions against the Bills. He now has three passing touchdowns against zero interceptions in the playoffs, which is saying a lot considering that the Baltimore Ravens and the Buffalo Bills were both decent defensively. Burrow also outplayed Patrick Mahomes back in the regular season in Cincy’s 27-23 home win against the Chiefs in which he went 25/31 for two touchdowns and 286 passing yards. The Bengals did not even have Joe Mixon at the time due to injury, but Samaje Perine stepped up and rushed for 106 yards on 21 carries. Mixon is healthy now and Perine is still there plus Burrow is in the groove. Seems like Cincinnati is an even huge threat to Kansas City this time around.
The Bengals are 5-1 against the spread in their last six meetings with Kansas City.
Betting on the Kansas City Chiefs (-1.0)
Regular Season Record: 14-3
The No. 1 concern right now for the Chiefs is the health of superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes. He suffered a high-ankle injury in last Saturday’s 27-20 home win against the Jacksonville Jaguars which forced him to temporarily exit the contest. He would return to action and still looked like a world-beater under center, finishing the game with 195 passing yards with two touchdowns on 22/30 completions. Having played a day ahead of the Bengals’ game versus the Bills, the Chiefs are hoping Mahomes will have enough time to get close to 100% for the AFC Championship Game. In any case, the Chiefs have plenty of weapons to help Mahomes out like rookie running back Isaiah Pacheco, who rushed 12 times for 95 yards against the Jaguars. He had 66 rushing yards and a touchdown on 14 carries in the regular-season meeting with Cincinnati. The Chiefs’ defense hasn’t exactly been elite this season, but it’s allowed just a total of 33 points in the last two outings.
The Under is 6-1 in Kansas City’s last seven home games.
The Bengals win, 27-24.
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