NFL Conference Round Betting Picks
San Francisco 49ers at Philadelphia Eagles
Sunday 3.00pm (ET)
What a monster clash we have to look forward to here as the Conference Championship double header kicks off from 3.00pm. Arguably the best two teams of the season, the Eagles and 49ers both had strong defensive wins in their divisional round matchups, allowing just 7 and 12 points respectively to advance through to the NFC Championship game.
The Eagles were far too good for the Giants, putting up 38 points on their way to a 31 point rout. They were led by running backs Kenneth Gainwell and Miles Sanders, who combined for over 200 rushing yards as the offensive line controlled the game from start to finish.
The 49ers win didn’t look quite as easy, but their defense was still super impressive, allowing just 12 points to the Cowboys and only one touchdown. Brock Purdy continues to get the job done without being overly impressive. Another 214 yards on 19/29 passing with most importantly, zero turnovers, proves that the 49ers are a serious contender regardless of star power at that position.
Tough to pick a winner between these two teams so I’m opting for the unders instead here. The 49ers were the top ranked defense in the league throughout the regular season while the Eagles ranked 8th in that cetegory. Both have been far and away the best defenses in the playoffs so far. Expecting a bit of a stalemate here.
Cincinnati Bengals at Kansas City Chiefs
Sunday, 6.30pm (ET)
The Bengals and Chiefs will square off in their 2nd straight AFC Championship game, after the Bengals were victorious last year to reach their first Super Bowl since 1988. It’ll be an anxious week for the Chiefs as they await further reports on the health of star quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who was severly hindered by an ankle injury in the divisional round win over the Jags.
Mahomes battled on through injury but was clearly not at full capacity in the win. Reports out of Chiefs camp early in the week maintain that Mahomes is progressing on track, but it’ll be extremely hard for them to win this game if hes not at least 80% fitness. After shooting out to a lead in the first half, the Chiefs stumbled over the line in the final quarter, and failed to cover the spread, taking them to a woeful 6-12 on the season ATS.
The Bengals looked arguably the best team of the week in the divisional round. Going in as underdogs in Buffalo, they scored two touchdowns in the 1st quarter and never let the Bills back into the game. Their defensive looks incredibly strong at the moment and star QB Joe Burrow has a plethora of talent at his disposal on offence. They have put up 25.8 points per game this post season and allowed just 13.5.
With the unknown surrounding Mahomes, the Bengals have started as favourites on the road. I think even with the star quarterback in the line-up, the Bengals have a good chance of winning this game, so I like them minus the 1.5 points here.