Mims' NFL Conference Title Picks: Bengals vs Chiefs, Niners vs Rams; Hill, Burrow, Stafford, Samuels props
The NFL version of the Final Four is set for Sunday. The conference championship in the AFC has the Kansas City Chiefs playing against the Cincinnati Bengals. This is the fourth consecutive appearance for the Chiefs. This is the first appearance in the Championship Game for the Bengals since 1989.
The numbers: Chiefs are the favorite by 7 and the total is 54.5 The money line is the Chiefs -350 and the Bengals +280. The Chiefs are the home team. They have won their last 8 straight games at Arrowhead Stadium.
The Bengals are coming in after upsetting the Titans on the road. The Bengals prevailed with a field goal as the clock ran out but most teams will not win if they give up 9 sacks to their QB. Joe Burrow survived that and threw for over 300 passing yards. The Chiefs played an overtime thriller against the Buffalo Bills. They won 42-36. This was the best game of the divisional round.
Coach Match Up: Andy Reid over Zac Taylor.
Prop Bets: Tyreek Hill over 24.5 yards for his longest reception. The price is -115. Joe Burrow over 1.5 TD passes. The price is -170.Both players exceed projections. Evan McPherson over 6.5 Kicking Points. The price is -130. He goes over easily.
Prediction: Chiefs are clicking offensively. That is scary for any opponent. The Bengals did beat the Chiefs during week 17 of the regular season, 34-31. The Chiefs win this time. Grab the money line and the over.
The San Francisco Forty Niners play the Los Angeles Rams for the third time this season with the NFC Conference Championship as the prize. Niners have beaten the Rams 6 straight times.
The numbers: Rams are the favorite by 3.5 and the total is 46. The money line is the Rams -190 and the Niners +160.
Rams are coming in after beating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the road. Rams have averaged over 32 points in the playoffs. The Niners have allowed 27 points in their playoff games against the Cowboys and Packers.
Coaching Match Up: Kyle Shanahan over Sean McVay.
Prop Bets: Deebo Samuels over 51.5 total receiving yards. The price is -115. He goes over the number. Matthew Stafford total interceptions over 0.5. The price is -110. He will throw at least one.
Prediction: Rams were put together to get to this game. I expect Von Miller to have a good game. The Rams just can’t seem to beat the Niners. The last game the Rams were in total control but made a turnover and the Niners capitalized. Niners will not give up a lot of points so they will hang around. The Rams win the game. I expect a close contest. Tease the total under by 7.5 along with the Niners +3.5. Teaser will look like Niners +11 and under 53.
Enjoy the NFL action.