Betting Picks To Make For 2022 NFL Conference Title Games
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Betting Picks To Make For 2022 NFL Conference Title Games

The unpredictable NFL season rolls on with conference championship weekend — that features no Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers for the first time in 13 years. Still, we feel we have a good sense of how to bet both the AFC and NFC matchups. Read on for our free betting picks for 2022 conference title games! 

Over/Under Points: Cincinnati Bengals at Kansas City Chiefs

In a possible post-Brady and post-Rodgers NFL landscape, two of the brightest players at this position are in this game — Joe Burrow and Patrick Mahomes. With the two gunslingers playing red-hot, the over/under of 54.5 points set by top Canada sportsbooks is completely warranted. Both these quarterbacks can put up points and on the flip side, neither defence is overly good.

This is a rematch from Week 17, which was less than four weeks away. In that battle, the Bengals outlasted the Chiefs 34-31. Mahomes and Burrow combined to throw for an eye-popping 705 yards six touchdowns, and zero interceptions. We see no reason why the two can’t put up similar numbers.

The key for Burrow is to stay upright. He was sacked a league-high 51 times in the regular season then another nine times in last weekend’s postseason game. Simply put, the Bengals' offensive line is horrendous (which makes Burrow’s stellar play all the more impressive). But fortunately for him, Kansas City has a below-average pass rush that ranked fourth-to-last in sacks during the year. Burrow should have ample time to carve up the Chiefs again on Sunday.

As for Mahomes, there’s really nothing to say about him that you don’t already know. He’s the most gifted passer today, surrounded by a brilliant play-caller (Andy Reid) and two lighting-and-thunder weapons (Tyreek Hill and Travis Kielce). As he proved this past weekend, even 13 seconds with the ball is too much time for Mahomes to make magic happen. All things considered, hammer the over here.

Over/Under Points: San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams

The quarterback situation is the polar opposite in the NFC conference championship. It features one quarterback that, up until two weekends ago, hadn’t won a playoff game in his 14-year career (Matt Stafford). Then there’s the other signal-caller that’s passed for 303 yards, zero touchdowns, and two interceptions this postseason (Jimmy Garappolo). Yeah, the 49ers-Rams are begging for an under on the NFL playoff betting line set by the oddsmakers.

It should be noted the over/under is right in the middle of the two previous encounters this season by the rivals. In week 10, they combined to score 41 points followed by 51 in week 18. By this third meeting (and second in three weeks), each team should be very aware of the two’s tendencies, both offensively and defensively.

That will play a part in the under-hitting but so will this factor: Garappolo’s health is deteriorating. On his throwing arm, his thumb and shoulder are in pain, which will require offseason surgery. Jimmy G can’t air it out or throw outside the numbers with the injuries. Expect the Niners to lean on its run game to score, which will melt time away and contribute to the under.

Moneyline: San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams

We’ll cut right to it: San Francisco is the bet to make here. If you want to play it safe, you can wager the Niners three-and-half-point spread. Us, though? We’re taking the risk and betting San Fran moneyline. In fact, we’re surprised they’re underdogs.

To put it simply, the 49ers and Kyle Shanahan own the Rams and Sean McVay. They’ve won six in a row over them and all-time, Shanahan is 7-3 against McVay. That’s a trend worth remembering and with a ten-game sample size, it’s definitely not an anomaly anymore.

What’s behind Shanahan’s success over McVay? The run game. In both wins this year, San Fran outgained LA on the ground by 87.5 yards per game. You’ve heard the cliche a hundred times by now, but NFL playoff games are won in the trenches and controlling the clock. The Niners should have the advantage in both.

Plus, you got to “ride the hot hand.” San Fran has won nine of the past 11 games, including three straight road wins vs. these Rams, the Cowboys, and most recently, the Packers in freezing weather. That’s a hell of a run that we’re betting continues through the Super Bowl.

How To Bet On 2022 NFL Playoffs?

There are only three games left in the NFL season so you almost HAVE to bet Sunday’s games — whether you’re fading or tailing our advice. To bet on the 2022 NFL playoffs, check out one of the bookies below. They have up-to-date odds on both conference titles games, plus sportsbook bonuses for free play available. Get to it before Sunday's games by clicking around the table below!