The Kansas City Chiefs will travel to Paycor Stadium to take on the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday in a rematch of last season’s AFC Championship Game.
Kansas City (9-2) won its fifth straight last week with a 26-10 decision over the Los Angeles Rams. Patrick Mahomes threw for 320 yards and a touchdown while running back Isiah Pacheco had 86 total yards and a touchdown. The Chiefs’ defense held the short-handed Rams to 198 total yards.
Cincinnati (7-4) grabbed a 20-16 victory on the road against the Tennessee Titans. Wide receiver Tee Higgins had seven catches for 114 yards and a touchdown. Running back Samaje Perine had 93 total yards and a touchdown. The Bengals defense kept Derrick Henry in check with just 38 rushing yards.
Caesars Sportsbook lists the Chiefs as 2-point favorites with an over/under of 53.
Let’s take a closer look at the odds and trends:
Kansas City Chiefs at Cincinnati Bengals
Time/TV: 4:25 p.m. ET Sunday, CBS
Point spread (from Caesars Sportsbook): Chiefs -2
Money line: Chiefs -135; Bengals +115
Analysis: The line opened at Chiefs -3 and has been on a slight downward trend. The Football Power Index matchup predictor on ESPN.com gives the Chiefs a 54% chance of winning.
In a week with several entertaining games, this is the big one featuring the AFC representatives of the last three Super Bowls. The return of wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase from injury could be big for the Bengals; he lit Kansas City up for 266 yards and three touchdowns in their regular-season game last year and is back at practice this week.
Mahomes struggled with the Bengal’s defense in their playoff game last season. Cincinnati sacked Mahomes four times and forced two interceptions, including the one in overtime that set up the game-winning field goal.
The Chiefs, however, have been good on the road, going 4-1 straight up with three wins by double digits. They will be looking for a small measure of revenge Sunday.