6:15 p.m. update: The line has already moved a point-and-a-half and the Bengals are now only 1.5-point underdogs.
The 2023 AFC Championship Game is set, and we’re back with a rematch of last year’s game. The Kansas City Chiefs will host the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, January 29. The game will air on CBS and kick off at 6:30 p.m. ET. The Chiefs have opened as a field goal favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook.
The Chiefs advanced with a win over the Jaguars in the Divisional Round, and will host as the No. 1 seed in the AFC. Kansas City finished the season 14-3 and won the AFC West. They would have played the conference championship on a neutral field if the Bills had won due to the extra game they played over Buffalo.
However, the Bengals impressed in thumping the Bills 27-10 in Buffalo. They had beaten them earlier in the season, so it wasn’t a shocking development. But it was impressive nonetheless. Cincinnati finished the season 12-4 and won the AFC North title.
These two met in last year’s AFC Championship and Cincinnati emerged as the winner. They won 27-24 in overtime and will look to repeat the victory. The Bengals beat the Chiefs 27-24 at home earlier this season.
Opening point spread: Bengals -1
Opening point total: 47
Opening moneyline: Chiefs -105, Bengals -115
Note: Odds updated as of 5:18 p.m. ET on Monday, Jan. 23
Monday update — So the Chiefs aren’t favored anymore. The Bengals have overtaken the Chiefs as favorites at -1 on the spread on DraftKings Sportsbook.
Monday update — The lines overnight have moved in favor of the Bengals. This is clearly due to Patrick Mahomes’ high ankle sprain, which could either hold him out or limit him drastically in the AFC Championship. The total has also dropped from over 50 points. You’re either going to get great value on the Chiefs or Bengals depending on Mahomes’ status.