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Bengals vs. Chiefs 2022 AFC Championship Game Expert Predictions

By Carlos Chacon

The Cincinnati Bengals have not been in the AFC Championship Game for over 30 years, whereas the Kansas City Chiefs have been in this spot for the fourth straight season. While it’s clear that Kansas City has the edge given these facts, do the online pundits also agree that the Chiefs are expected to beat the Bengals and advance to the Super Bowl for the third consecutive year?

NitroBetting is ready to equip its bettors with the latest news, odds, and previews for the entirety of the 2022 NFL Playoffs. This time, let’s take a look at what some of the best football experts on the web have predicted for the outcome of the highly-anticipated Cincinnati Bengals vs. Kansas City Chiefs 2022 AFC Championship Game, as well as the latest odds for this blockbuster matchup.

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FOX Sports

Geoff Scwhartz of FOX Sports sees the Chiefs winning and easily covering the spread as (-7) favorites to win over the Bengals. Schwartz notes that Kansas City is the much superior team in this situation with the added wrinkle that KC’s two playoff losses in the Patrick Mahomes era only came at the hands of a Tom Brady-led team.

Sporting News

Elsewhere, Sporting News’ Bill Bender also agrees that the Chiefs will win the rematch against Cincinnati, albeit with a predicted tight, final score of 31-28.

Bender gives a ton of credit to the Bengals for shocking the Chiefs in Week 17. However, that game was played in Cincy and Bender stated that having home field advantage this time around will be huge for Mahomes, who is 7-1 with 23 passing touchdowns and just one interception in eight career AFC playoff games.


For a more analytical approach, FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction program calculated that the Chiefs have an 81 percent win probability to beat the Bengals this Sunday. It’s the second time this postseason that Kansas City had a win probability of over 80 percent, with the first during the Wild Card Round matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers (86 percent).

The site also made use of their renowned Elo system and predicted that the Chiefs’ Elo point spread is -10; three points higher than the actual spread by the bookmakers.

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*All odds stated are subject to change without prior notice.