- The First Half Total comes in at 23.0 points with -110 odds for the over.
- Both the Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals are top 10 in scoring in each half and all quarters except for the fourth.
- Mahomes suffered an ankle injury in last week’s win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, but posted a strong 10-for-15, 115 yards and one touchdown after returning in the second half.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City Chiefs host the 2.0-point favorite Cincinnati Bengals in a rematch of last year’s AFC Championship where the Bengals won 34-31.
Legal sports betting sites have set various lines for the game in each quarter and for the first half. Some of these include a total points in the first half of 23.0 and a Bengals -0.5 spread (+120) for the first quarter.
Bengals vs Chiefs Quarter/Half Odds
- First Quarter: Bengals -0.5 (+120), Total 9.5
- Second Quarter: Chiefs -0.5 (+120), Total 14.0
- First Half: Bengals -0.5 (-110), Total 23.0
- Third Quarter: Chiefs -0.5 (+130), Total 9.5
- Fourth Quarter: Chiefs -0.5 (+115), Total 13.5
Two High-Flying Offenses Dominate the First Half
With a first half total coming in at -110 odds to go over, bettors can find some solid value wagering on two of the NFL’s most high-powered offenses. Both the Bengals and the Chiefs are top five in the league in first half points scored, with 14.4 and 15.7, respectively.
In three meetings of star QBs Patrick Mahomes and Joe Burrow, the first half totals finished at 24 and 45 in the regular season and 31 in last year’s AFC Championship. In their last three games, each team has also played better than their season average with both scoring over 16 first half points per game.
Expect these two elite offenses to come out of the gates swinging and putting up points as they have all season. All of this makes the over 23.0 first half total (-110) a strong choice for betting on the AFC Championship rematch.
Bengals Start Hot
NFL oddsmakers are favoring the Bengals to win in the first quarter with a -0.5 spread (+120). The Bengals have been known to come into the game starting out strong, which is supported by their last three-game average of nine first quarter points, by far the most of any playoff team remaining.
Their defense in the first quarter are no slouches either, allowing zero points in each of the last three games, and just 2.9 on the season, good enough for fourth place in the NFL.
On a strong four game streak of winning the first quarter, the defending AFC champ Bengals can be relied on to once again start out the game on a strong note against Mahomes and company, making a Bengals -0.5 (+120) first quarter spread a great way to kick off this conference championship weekend.
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Jeremias is a current Florida State University student majoring in Editing, Writing and Media as well as Media/Communication studies. Primarily focused on the NFL, NBA, and NHL, Jeremias has a passion for sports statistics research that helps bettors find the blind spots in sportsbooks.