2022 NFL Conference Championship Odds
The Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs provided unprecedented entertainment. Last week was gripping with three walk-off field goals and an intense overtime game in Kansas. Let’s hope for more of the same this week.
My bets were right on only two of the four games.
With odds for the Conference round finding their range, let’s preview all four games.
This week I shall be making picks for all the games.
Bengals (+280) @ Chiefs (-325)
Bengals: Cincinnati stunned the Titans on the road. Evan McPherson hit a 52-yard field goal to win the game for the Bengals as time expired. Joe Burrow was outstanding for the Bengals. He threw for 348 yards with a 76% completion rate.
The Bengals’ run game was shockingly underutilized. Joe Mixon was handed the ball just 14 times. Ja’Marr Chase was exceptional again with 109 yards from just five catches.
The Bengals’ defense held Derek Henry to 62 yards on his return from injury. The secondary also had three vital interceptions and held the Titans to just 16 points.
Chiefs: Kansas beat the Bills in overtime thanks to a 75-yard TD drive where Mahomes went 6/6 for 69 yards. He had an outstanding game with three TDs passes and one rushing TD. He led the way with 378 passing yards.
Mahomes also had the most rushing yards for Kansas. He managed 69 yards, with Edwards-Helaire also going for 60 yards. Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce were exceptional with 150 and 96 yards, respectively.
The Cheifs’ defense didn’t have a turnover but did manage two sacks. However, Buffalo could sustain pressure on Kansas’ defense throughout the game by scoring a TD in every quarter.
If the Bengals continue their incredible run in the playoffs, they will need to rush the ball more effectively. Joe Burrow and his pass-catchers are explosive enough to trouble the Cheifs’ defense. Mahomes is leading an offense that is widely considered the best in the league. I think the Chiefs’ offense will blow away the Bengals’ defense.
Therefore, I am taking these teams to score more than 54.5 points.
49ers (+160) @ Rams (-170)
49ers: San Fran mounted a late comeback to beat the Packers. They scored 10 points in the fourth quarter, including a dramatic blocked punt which the 49ers returned for a TD.
Jimmy Garoppolo only completed eleven passes for 131 yards and an interception. He struggled to find his open receivers and was under a lot of pressure by Green Bay’s front seven, who sacked him four times.
San Fran’s defense had an outstanding game. They held the Packers to under 300 total yards and conceded just one early TD. The front seven was disruptive and finished with five sacks total.
Rams: Los Angeles beat the Bucs late in the game with a walk-off field goal. The game looked like it was heading to OT until Stafford threw a 44-yard bomb to Cooper Kupp to set up the field goal.
Stafford seemed to step up his play on Sunday. He threw for 366 yards and two TDs to round off an incredible day. Cooper Kupp was outstanding as usual with 183 yards and a TD.
The Rams’ defense held the Bucs to just three first-half points. They also managed two takeaways and relinquished just 51 rushing yards. The front seven was also able to pressure Brady and had three sacks.
Los Angeles has looked like an explosive team in the playoffs. Their offense has been firing and their defense has been solid. The 49ers have produced two upsets to make it this far.
Their defense always keeps them in the game, so don’t be surprised if they pull off another upset. These teams met in Week 18, and the 49ers came out on top in OT.
I am taking these teams to score under 46.5 points as they both have solid defenses.
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