The AFC North Division champion Cincinnati Bengals (14-4) will play at Kansas City at 6:30 p.m. ET Sunday in the AFC title game.
Both opening lines were below three points. Max Meyer of Caesars Sportsbook points out how rare that is – the last time the NFC title game spread was that low was in 2012; for the AFC, it goes back to 1998.
Here’s an early look at the lines for the conference championship round, with odds via FOX Bet.
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Point spread: Eagles -2.5 (Eagles favored to win by more than 2.5 points, otherwise 49ers cover)
Moneyline: Eagles -149 favorites to win (bet $10 to win $17.71 total); 49ers +115 underdogs to win (bet $10 to win $21.50 total)
Total scoring over/under: 46.5 points scored by both teams combined
Youth will be served at the NFC Championship Game – at quarterback.
Jalen Hurts (24) and Brock Purdy (23) will be a combined 47 years and 208 days old on Sunday – the youngest combined age of any two QBs in a conference championship game in NFL history (per FOX Sports Research).
Hurts was 18-for-26 passing for 273 yards, three touchdowns and one interception, and had 22 carries for 68 yards and two more scores.
Purdy was 19-for-30 passing for 282 yards and five touchdowns. Purdy also had 15 carries for 55 yards and one score before beginning his NFL career 7-0 as a starter.
Point spread: Bengals -1.5 (Bengals favored to win by more than 1.5 points, otherwise Chiefs cover)
Moneyline: Bengals -125 favorites to win (bet $10 to win $18 total); Chiefs +100 underdogs to win (bet $10 to win $20 total)
Total scoring Over/Under: 47.5 points scored by both teams combined
The Chiefs opened as a 1.5-point favorite, but the line flipped Monday afternoon to the Bengals being favored.
Patrick Mahomes has quarterbacked the Chiefs to the AFC Championship Game for the fifth consecutive season. Mahomes and K.C. are 2-2 in the previous four AFC title games.
Mahomes is 8-3 in the playoffs and has never been an underdog in his postseason career.
But do you know who has the upper hand on Mahomes?
Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow, who is 3-0 in his NFL career against Mahomes and the Chiefs.
He is the only quarterback taken No. 1 overall (2020) to reach the conference title game multiple times within his first three seasons.
Burrow is in rare company when it comes to playoff success early in his career. He is the third QB since 1950 to have at least five playoff wins in his first three seasons, joining retired Steeler Ben Roethlisberger (five) and Broncos QB Russell Wilson (six with Seattle).
Burrow has led the Bengals to as many AFC Championship Game appearances (two) as the franchise had combined prior to Burrow’s arrival (the franchise began in 1968).
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