Cincinnati Bengals vs. Kansas City Chiefs picks, predictions: Who wins AFC Championship?

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The Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs play Sunday in the AFC Championship Game.

Which team will get the victory and advance to the Super Bowl?

Check out these NFL playoff picks and predictions for the game, which can be seen at 1:05 p.m. MST on CBS.

The Chiefs are a 7.5-point favorite in the game.

NFL playoff picks: Conference championship games

Fox Sports: Go with the Chiefs to win and cover

Geoff Schwartz writes: "I know I picked the Chiefs to beat the Bengals by multiple scores in Week 15. I was wrong. But I’m back to the well with this one. The Chiefs are far better, they're more talented, and with Mahomes, they’ve lost only two of 10 playoff games. Those games were both to Tom Brady. The Bengals do not have Tom Brady. The Bengals' offense can be bottled up with a fierce pass rush and zone coverage. The Chiefs would be stupid to do anything but that. I think the over is certainly in play here, but I’m taking the Chiefs to win and cover."

Sporting News: Chiefs 31, Bengals 28

Bill Bender writes: "Of course, Burrow is going to feed Chase again. Chase had 11 catches for 266 yards and three TDs, and he had four catches of 30 yards or more. Mathieu’s status will be a huge factor in this game, too. Kansas City will respond by dialing up the pressure after watching Burrow get sacked nine times by the Titans. Chris Jones had two of Kansas City’s four sacks in the first meeting. Burrow will make plays, and this one could be just as entertaining as the last matchup. But it’s still Mahomes in the AFC playoffs. Mahomes is 7-1 with 23 TDs and one interception in AFC playoff games, and the home-field advantage will be a difference maker. This will be close, too, and the Bengals prove they are going to be a force. Kansas City, however, makes one more big play in crunch time."

Draft Kings: Take the Chiefs to cover vs. Bengals

Chet Gresham writes: "It’s going to be hard to overlook the nine sacks that Burrow took in the Divisional round and the four he took against the Chiefs late in the season. But, the Bengals did win both of those matchups. The Chiefs had no trouble scoring on the Bills strong defense, but they also couldn’t stop Josh Allen from scoring either. The loss of Tyrann Mathieu early in the game did hurt and if he can come back next week, it would be a big help against Burrow. The Chiefs are rolling offensively and I don’t think the Bengals can stop them. The question is, can Burrow and his great receivers go toe-to-toe with them like the Allen and the Bills did? I’m leaning toward Mahomes and company putting the Bengals away with a big lead and holding on for over a touchdown win."

NFL playoff odds: Conference championship games

Can Jose Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals upset the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday?
Can Jose Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals upset the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday?

SB Nation: Don't count the Bengals out vs. Chiefs

Ethan DeWitt writes: "The Bengals will face a Chiefs team once again among the NFL’s top-ranked offenses, led by one of the best quarterbacks the league has to offer in Patrick Mahomes. On top of that, the Chiefs will sport one of the best homefield advantage stadiums in the league. Second-year Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow has played with poise beyond his years in the first two playoff games of his career, and the defense continues to impress. They also took down the Chiefs in Week 17, though that was in Cincinnati. The rematch will be a war to come out on top and clinch a spot in Super Bowl 56. But if fans have learned anything, it’s to not count this Bengals team out."

Five Thirty Eight: Chiefs have an 81% win probability

The site gives the Bengals a 19% win probability in the NFL playoff game.

ESPN: Chiefs have a 69.6% chance to win the game

The site's Football Power Index gives the Bengals a 30.4% chance to win the game.

NFL playoff TV information: Conference championship games

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