Bengals @ Chiefs AFC Championship preview & pick

The Kansas City Chiefs won a thrilling Divisional Round match 42-36 in overtime versus the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, in which is greatly considered one of the greatest games in NFL history.

Patrick Mahomes led a 13-second drive from his own 25 to setup Harrison Butker for a game-tying field goal. Whoever won the coin toss was expected to drive the ball the length of the field for the winning touchdown and the Chiefs did just that.

It was a game of two excellent offences, something that could not be said of Cincinnati’s opponents on Saturday. Number 1 seed Tennessee Titans failed to get much going as Ryan Tannehill threw three interceptions in a 16-19 defeat.

Whilst Joe Burrow got lots of praise for his 348-yard game, the former LSU Tiger didn’t throw a single touchdown, but did throw an interception that allowed the Titans back into the game from 6-16.

One notable thing about the Bengals offence in their two playoff games so far, they move well down the field between the redzones but their offences have largely stalled inside the opposition’s 30.

Given that the Chiefs can be expected to score points on most of their drives, as they did versus an excellent Buffalo defence, the Bengals are going to need to greatly improve if they’re to hang with the home team at Arrowhead Stadium, let alone pull off an upset.

Aside from one big run, Joe Mixon struggled to get much going on the ground versus one of the top run defences, finishing the game with 54 yards on 14 carries. Derek Singletary could only get 26 yards on 10 carries versus the Chiefs.

All-in-all it points to a comfortable victory for the home side on Sunday. We have gone 9 out of 10 in our NFL 2022 playoff picks.

Pick: Kansas City Chiefs -7