Cincinnati Bengals vs Kansas City Chiefs NFL Playoffs AFC Championship Prediction Game Preview

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Cincinnati Bengals vs Kansas City Chiefs NFL Playoffs AFC Championship Prediction Game Preview

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Cincinnati Bengals vs Kansas City Chiefs NFL Playoffs AFC Championship Prediction Game Preview

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What’s Going To Happen, Who’s Going to Win Cincinnati Bengals vs Kansas City Chiefs AFC Championship

We were all hoping for Buffalo vs Cincinnati to be a wild shootout with lots of fireworks, big plays, and momentum swings. The snow – and let’s just go there, a Buffalo gag of a performance – kept that from happening.

We were all hoping for Jacksonville vs Kansas City to be a wild shootout with lots of fireworks, big plays, and momentum swings. The Patrick Mahomes ankle injury kept that from happening.

Even if this isn’t the 34-31 offensive show the world might want, it’s going to be a gripping game. Unfortunately, it’s all going to come down to whether or not Mahomes can be anywhere near his normal self.

This should be a focused, smart, tough effort from the Chiefs, but it won’t be quite enough.

Cincinnati – starting with Joe Burrow – is about the most unflappable team in the NFL. There’s no panic in this bunch, it’s very calm, cool, and surprisingly steady for a group that’s so explosive on both sides of the ball.

It’ll have to deal with a quick early Kansas City surge. The first two Chief drives will be terrific. The running game will be good, Mahomes will connect on the scripted throws, and it’ll look like all is right with the Chief world.

The Bengals will be methodical. They’ll grind their way back in it, the Kansas City offense will stall a bit too much, and the last five minutes will be about 9 on the other side hitting two clutch third down throws to put this away.

Cincinnati Bengals vs Kansas City Chiefs AFC Championship Prediction, Line

CFN Prediction: Cincinnati 23, Kansas City 20
Line: Cincinnati -1.5, o/u: 48
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
Cincinnati Bengals vs Kansas City Chiefs Must See Rating: 5
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