Betting Trend Suggests Bengals vs Chiefs AFC Championship Game Will Hit the Over
The Cincinnati Bengals are preparing to face off against the Kansas City Chiefs for the second time in their last four games. The first meeting in Week 17 of the regular season ended just as Bengals fans hoped: an exciting win that helped propel them into the playoffs.
After two wins to start the postseason over the Las Vegas Raiders and then-No. 1 seed Tennessee Titans, this meeting with the Chiefs has a little bit more on the line – a trip to Super Bowl 56.
AFC Championship Game Over/Under
For potential bettors of this game, something else has emerged: trends that could indicate this matchup is heading toward hitting the over. Currently, the game has a rather high over/under of 54.0 points on WynnBET. Nevertheless, that shouldn’t deter bettors.
Despite the praise the Chiefs’ defense started to receive in the second half of the regular season, they haven’t been all that impressive as of late. Well, unless they were playing the Pittsburgh Steelers. In Kansas City’s last four games against non-Pittsburgh opponents, they are surrendering a whopping 30.5 points and over 400 yards of offense per game.
That’s a huge number to consider, especially when the Bengals were one of those teams, and hung 34 on the Chiefs defense that day. And in terms of the over, the Bengals’ defense gave up 31 themselves. That’s a combined total of 65, blowing the over for Sunday’s AFC Championship Game out of the water.
Bengals vs Chiefs Odds
It’s not like the Chiefs offense has calmed down since then, either. Kansas City followed up that Week 17 meeting with 28 points against one of the best defenses in the league in Denver. And in two playoff games, they have had back-to-back 42-point performances.
Needless to say, Kansas City’s offense is rolling right now and its defense isn’t do much stopping at the same time.
Lastly, the Chiefs have played in the last three AFC Championship games, and in all three of those contests, the over has hit by at least 7 points (and even more) each time. So the notion that the playoff atmosphere an cold weather might slow offenses down, simply hasn’t been the case for these Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes-led Chiefs teams.
With all that in mind, despite the higher 54.0 O/U, we’re going with the over hitting in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game, which also pins the Bengals as 7-point underdogs.
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