2022 NFL Championship Sunday Betting Preview and Trends

2022 NFL Championship Sunday Betting Preview and Trends

NFL Championship Sunday has arrived with 32 teams sitting at home, while four are gearing up for their biggest game of the season. The next game is always the biggest, with none bigger than what awaits on the other side of the conference championship in two weeks.

All we need is the two teams that are going to be playing in the game. Super Bowl LVI is scheduled on February 13 at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, California. The Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs have a 3:00 p.m. EST kick-off at Arrowhead Stadium in the first of two conference championships.

Can Joe Burrow keep the dream alive and get the Bengals to the Super Bowl? The Bengals were last in the AFC North with a record of 4-11-1 last season in Burrow’s rookie campaign. Enabling the Bengals to draft Burrow was a 2-14 season in 2019-20.

They were terrible, but the Bengals are one win away from going to the Super Bowl only two years later. A massive test stands in their way with Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs on the road. However, the Bengals are playing with house money, and you aren’t going to find Burrow without any confidence.

The San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams will meet for the third time this year in the late window. The 49ers completed the regular season sweep, with a 31-20 win on November 25 and 27-24 in overtime in a must-win spot in the regular season finale. No one gave the 49ers much chance this season, but here we are.

The Rams getting to the Super Bowl was all part of the plan when they acquired Matthew Stafford. They’ve already been to the Super Bowl with Jared Goff, so they’re not settling for just one more win this season. We will go over the top betting trends and a betting preview for Championship Sunday below.

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Kansas City Chiefs – AFC Championship Betting Trends

Date and Time: January 30, 3:00 p.m. EST

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Moneyline Total
Cincinnati Bengals +7 (-101) +285 Over 54.5 (-110)
KC Chiefs -7 (-119) -355 Under 54.5 (-110)

The Cincinnati Bengals weren’t supposed to be here, but the Bengals have made it to the AFC Championship. After bouncing back from a 2 and 4-win season, they just need a win, and they’re going to the Super Bowl in Los Angeles. Burrow is showing how much a competent quarterback is worth in the NFL.

Burrow has completely turned this organization around and continues to get better. His best asset is staying cool and confident under pressure. First playoff appearance? No problem. Burrow doesn’t look stressed or too overwhelmed by the moment.

It’s just part of his demeanor and personality, and that’s exactly the kind of quarterback that any team would want as their franchise quarterback in the playoffs. Burrow isn’t bothered by the moment and is playing his best football at the perfect time.

Heading into the playoffs, Burrow went wild for 13 touchdowns and no interceptions through the final four games. He was steady in the win over the Raiders with 244 yards and 2 touchdowns. Burrow had no time against the Titans, but still managed to pass for 348 yards.

Burrow was sacked a whopping 9 times. Despite the pressure, he threw only one interception that had to be reviewed because of a close call with the turf, but he didn’t make many mistakes. He needs better protection or it’s not going to work with Patrick Mahomes on the other sideline.

Mahomes and his Chiefs got into a wild contest at Arrowhead. In a game that will be talked about for years to come, the Bills allowed the Chiefs to respond with 13 seconds left after a crazy back-and-forth. The Chiefs tied the game up, and Josh Allen never saw the ball again.

The Chiefs covered the short line of -2.5 and moved on to the Bengals. The total went well OVER the number due to the offensive fireworks at the end of the game. For a selection on the Chiefs and Bengals in the AFC Championship, check out our free picks page.

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Kansas City Chiefs Betting Trends:

Bengals

  • 12-7 ATS during the 2021 NFL season
  • 6-0 ATS in their previous six games
  • 6-0 ATS in thier previous six games versus the AFC
  • 7-1 ATS in their previous eight games on the road
  • 5-0 ATS in their previous five games as an underdog on the road
  • 4-1 overall in their previous five games versus the AFC West
  • 4-2 ATS in their previous six games versus the Chiefs
  • UNDER is 4-0 in their previous four games as an underdog
  • UNDER is 5-2 in their previous seven games
  • UNDER is 6-1 in their previous seven games versus the Chiefs at Kansas City

Chiefs

  • 10-9 ATS during the 2021 season
  • 8-2 ATS in their previous ten games
  • 6-0 ATS in their previous six games at Kansas City
  • 11-0 overall in their previous 11 games
  • 6-1 ATS in their previous seven games versus a team with a winning record
  • 7-2 ATS in their previous nine games versus the AFC
  • 6-2 ATS in their previous eight playoff games
  • 1-6 ATS in their previous seven games after allowing more than 30 points
  • OVER is 4-0 in their previous four games as a betting favorite
  • OVER is 7-0 in their previous seven games versus the AFC

San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams – NFC Championship Betting Trends

Date and Time: January 30, 6:30 p.m. EST

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Moneyline Total
San Francisco 49ers +3.5 (-113) +158 Over 45.5 (-110)
LA Rams -3.5 (-107) -178 Under 45.5 (-110)

If you want to see a 49ers and Rams trilogy, you will like the NFC Championship. The 49ers will look to win again as underdogs against the Rams at the same number. In the first two meetings, they were 3 to 3.5-point underdogs, with the 49ers winning straight up in both attempts.

San Francisco was impressive in the first meeting on November 15 at Levi’s Stadium. It wasn’t even close, as the 49ers’ defense contained Matthew Stafford for a 31-10 win. In a must-win game to end the season, the 49ers came through in the clutch in overtime, 27-24.

That was essentially a play-in game for the 49ers. They needed it to reach the playoffs, and they came through in the clutch. This team is Deebo Samuel and the 49ers’ defense. For Jimmy Garoppolo, they just want him to avoid making dumb mistakes.

He’s making mistakes, though avoiding them at the worst time. Jimmy G has thrown an interception in four straight games going into Sunday. Garoppolo has passed for 172 and 131 yards in two playoff games, with an interception in each outing

He is lucky that such a good team around him can help. Is his luck going to run out in the NFC Championship? That’s what people backing the Rams must be thinking.

Garoppolo can’t survive another game playing medicore football. However, the 49ers’ defense and Samuel can put the team on their shoulders.

One year after a trade from the Lions, Matthew Stafford is a game away from going to the Super Bowl. What a difference being on a good team makes. The Rams are back home as favorites over their divisional rival, coming off a win at Tampa for a small upset as 2.5-point underdogs.

San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams Betting Trends:

49ers

  • 4-0 ATS in their previous four games
  • 4-1 ATS in their previous five playoff games
  • 5-1 ATS in their previous six games versus a team with a winning record
  • 16-5 ATS in their previous 21 games in January
  • 5-1 ATS in their previous six games versus the Rams at Los Angeles
  • 5-1 ATS in their previous six games as an underdog on the road
  • UNDER is 6-1 in their previous seven games
  • UNDER is 4-1 in their previous five games on the road
  • UNDER is 4-1 in their previous five games after covering the spread

Rams

  • 5-1 ATS in their previous six games versus the NFC West
  • 6-2 ATS in their previous eight games
  • 4-1 ATS in thier previous five games after covering the spread
  • 1-5 ATS in their previous six games versus at home versus the 49ers
  • 6-13-1 ATS in their previous 20 games versus a team with a winning road record
  • 4-1 ATS in thier previous five games after covering the spread
  • 1-5 ATS in their previous six games versus the 49ers at Los Angeles
  • 6-13-1 ATS in their previous 20 games versus a team with a winning road record
  • UNDER is 17-4 in their previous 21 games as a favorite at LA
  • UNDER is 19-7 in their previous 26 games at LA
  • OVER is 5-2 in thier previous seven games versus the NFC
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Kyle E / Author

Kyle is a veteran of TheSportsGeek and has spent nearly a decade providing accurate sports picks and writeups here. He has been a sports handicapper for 10+ years and started sharing his picks and thoughts in 2011 at TheSportsGeek. His expertise spans across multiple sports, including the NFL, NCAAF, MLB, NHL, and horse racing. Prior to writing for TheSportsGeek, Kyle was a fantasy football expert, who ultimately parlayed it into a successful sports betting career. You can find his picks daily only at TheSportsGeek.

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