After an unprecedented 18-week regular season, we’re now down to the final four teams in the NFL playoffs. It’s Conference championship week, and we’ll see two great games on Sunday.
Let’s take a look at the spreads, television times, and some NFL Playoffs Betting analysis for each Conference Championship game.
NFL Conference Round Kickoff Times, TV Info, Betting Spreads
Cincinnati Bengals @ Kansas City Chiefs (-7), Sunday, 3:00 PM ET, CBS
After last weekend’s thrilling victory over the Buffalo Bills, the Kansas City Chiefs are once again back in the AFC Championship game. The Bengals are thrilled to be here. In the Wild Card round, they won their first playoff game in 31 years; they then went on to beat the top-seeded Tennessee Titans to get to this one. This will be the second time in just over a month that these two teams meet, as the Bengals beat Kansas City 34-31 in Week 17 in Cincinnati.
Being the underdog is nothing new to the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals closed as an underdog in 10 games this season. They were four-point underdogs last week when they beat the Titans.
As an underdog, the Bengals are 7-3 against the spread this season. If this one becomes an offensive showdown, which it very well could, the numbers support the Bengals’ chances. When scoring more than 21 points, the Bengals are 9-5 against the spread.
As for the Kansas City Chiefs, they are 8-2 against the spread in their last ten games. Having the game at Arrowhead Stadium will also help the Chiefs’ chances, as they are 6-2 against the spread in their last eight home games. When favored by seven points or more, the Chiefs are 8-4 against the spread this season.
We expect to see a lot of points scored in this one, so we’ll see which team’s defense can come up with some big stops in crucial times of the game.
San Francisco 49ers @ Los Angeles Rams (-3), Sunday, 5:30 PM ET, Fox
These two will meet for the third time this season. San Francisco has won the previous two meetings and owns six straight victories over the Los Angeles Rams. This one will have a little more meaning to it, however, as this one is for a Super Bowl berth. The Rams acquired Matthew Stafford for games like this, and Stafford has been waiting for an opportunity like this his whole career.
We’ll see if he can step up and win a big game or if he’ll make a big mistake that costs his team a chance at the Lombardi Trophy.
In looking at the numbers, things tend to lean towards the 49ers. Sean McVay is 3-7 against the spread all-time against Kyle Shanahan.
The Rams were favored in eight of those ten games. When divisional teams meet in the playoffs, the visitors are 15-8-1 against the spread since 2003.
Speaking of Shanahan, he has a career record of 27-18 against the spread when his team is the underdog. Shanahan would love to get back to another Super Bowl. He hasn’t had the best of luck in the big game, so he’d really like another crack at winning the big one.