We are officially down to the final four in the quest for the Super Bowl and you have to say that there aren’t any major surprises to be found. Sure, you could argue that the Buffalo Bills not being in the mix is a little surprising, but let’s not forget that they lost to a Cincinnati Bengals team that was in the Super Bowl last season and who were a division winner again this time around. Over the course of the next few days, we are going to break down all the NFL Playoffs Betting options for the two conference championship games, but to get things started, we are going to do a series of parlay tickets. Keep in mind that you can mix and match these any way you choose, so let’s get to it.
Parlay Best Bets for the 2023 AFC and NFC Conference Championship Weekend
The most basic bet here is to simply pick the winners of each game and move on. It’s not as easy as it sounds, though, especially at the stage where we don’t really have a mismatch to choose from. Let’s start with the NFC, where we need to talk about the run that the 49ers are on right now. They have a win streak that extends to 12 games, so they are absolutely as hot as it gets. While the Eagles lost a pair of games late in the season, those both came with Jalen Hurts on the sidelines. He is back and looking great, plus the Eagles have won 8 of their last 10 versus the 49ers. I’m taking the Eagles in the first leg.
The Bengals are another team on a double-digit win streak, closing the regular season with 8 in a row before winning 2 more in the playoffs. They have had the number of the Chiefs, winning 7 of the last 8, and I believe they go out and win this one, too.
It’s probably no great surprise to learn that the bookies have both of these games as being close. The Eagles are in as a 2 ½ point home favorite over the 49ers, which could be a little tricky when you consider that they have covered just once in their last 5, while San Francisco is 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games. In home games played on a Sunday, the Eagles are 7-2 ATS in their last 9, so I am taking them to cover.
Things are tighter still in the AFC, with the Bengals in as a 1 ½ point favorite on the road, which should give you an idea of just how successful they have been against the Chiefs. They are a great pick against the spread, covering in 13 of their last 16 games. I like them to cover here, too.
In terms of the point total, the NFC Conference Championship game looks to be a bit of a coin flip, with the total set at 45 ½. The 49ers have been trending OVER, while the Eagles have been going the way of the UNDER. I tend to go with the defense in the playoffs, so I am leaning UNDER.
In the AFC game, everything points to the UNDER being the way to go. 7 of the last 8 times that Cincinnati has made the trip to KC, the point total has gone UNDER, so I have to stick with that trend.