Having met in the NFL's regular season in Week 17, the Chiefs and the Bengals will lock horns once more, with Kansas City looking to avenge a 34-31 defeat that prevented them from earning the No. 1 seed in the AFC. Instead, they overcame Pittsburgh and Buffalo on their way to the AFC Championship. The Bengals toppled Las Vegas and Tennessee, but this is completely different.
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Cincinnati Bengals vs. Kansas City Chiefs AFC Championship match details
Date: January 30, 2022
Venue: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO
Time: 3:00 p.m. ET
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Kansas City Chiefs betting odds
Cincinnati Bengals: +7 (+100)
Kansas City Chiefs: -7 (-120)
Cincinnati Bengals: +270
Kansas City Chiefs: -350
Cincinnati Bengals: O54.5 (-115)
Kansas City Chiefs: U54.5 (-105)
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Kansas City Chiefs betting picks
Playoff games are often tight and tense affairs, with players not wanting to make the one error that could lead to his team losing out on a place in the Super Bowl. But then the flip side of that is that quarterbacks can capitalize on nervous defenders and that gives them the ability to put up huge points. Just because a game is tight doesn't mean it can't be high-scoring.
Look at the Chiefs' last game as an example. They won in overtime over the Bills 42-36. In their last matchup with the Bengals, the two combined for 65 points. This is why you bet the over on this game. Kansas have the ability to score big, and with the weapons on Cincinnati's offense, they will be able to keep up in Sunday's AFC Championship matchup.
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Kansas City Chiefs key injuries
Cincinnati Bengals key injuries
The Bengals are relatively healthy entering the AFC Championship game. The three players to show up on their injury report are depth players who receive limited snaps and do not have any injury designations for their starters.
Kansas City Chiefs key injuries
The Chiefs are fully healthy, too, apart from one key player who is questionable from last weekend's injury. Safety Tyrann Mathieu is recovering from a concussion sustained against the Bills and this could be a weak spot the Bengals look to target in the AFC Championship game.
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Kansas City Chiefs head to head
The two franchises have faced each other 30 times, with the Bengals leading by a 16-14 record and have also won seven out of the last 10. The AFC Championship game is set to be their first time playing each other in the post-season.
The previous meeting came in Week 17 of the regular season this year with the Bengals winning 34-31.
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Kansas City Chiefs prediction
It's a tough game to call, but you have to trust that Mahomes and Andy Reid will have enough to overcome the Bengals at Arrowhead. It will be a high-scoring game but a close one and Burrow will play exceptionally well but not perfect.
Prediction: The Chiefs win the AFC Championship game 34-31 in a reversal of the previous meeting and head on to the Super Bowl to face the Los Angeles Rams.