The Kansas City Chiefs are considered clear favorites against the Cincinnati Bengals in Sunday’s AFC Championship game, but coach Andy Reid does not want any complacency seeping in.
Reid discussed Kansas City’s week 17 loss at Cincinnati, which saw the Bengals put together a late rally to win 34-31. Reid warned that the outcome was not a “fluke.” He says the Chiefs’ urgency level has to remain high in order to avoid a repeat.
“They made big plays on us on both sides of the ball. They were able to slow us down and then pick it up on the offensive side,” Reid said, via Chris Roling of Bengals Wire. “So, we’ve got to do a better job all the way around, special teams included. Every phase can be better.
“They beat us. It wasn’t a fluke. They beat us, so they’re a good football team and it’s important that we have a great week of preparation here, and that’s one reason why the urgency level is there even yesterday once the game was over to get busy.”
The Chiefs’ loss to the Bengals was a surprise, though it did come on the road. Things may be different now that the Chiefs will have home field advantage on Sunday. That said, the Bengals are as confident as they’ve been all year. Reid is right that this won’t necessarily be easy.
Sports bettors are banking big on one particular outcome for Sunday’s AFC Championship Game between Kansas City and Cincinnati.
According to numbers released on Thursday morning by online sportsbook SportsBetting.ag, an overwhelming 77 percent of bettors are taking the over on combined points scored between the Chiefs and Bengals, a line currently set at 54.5. That means they are expecting Sunday’s game to be a shootout.
SportsBetting.ag also notes that 70.9 percent of moneyline bets are on the Chiefs at -355, and 60.7 percent of point spread bets are on the Chiefs at -7.
Betting the over on points scored seems to be the smart move. Kansas City (28.2 points per game) and Cincinnati (27.1) were two of the seven highest-scoring offenses in the NFL during the regular season. The two teams also met already during the regular season, scoring 65 combined points in a 34-31 win for Cincinnati in Week 17.
The Chiefs, in particular, scored so many points during a game earlier this postseason that it even caught their home stadium off guard. If they manage a repeat performance against the Bengals on Sunday however, it definitely will not catch sports bettors off guard.
Photo: Feb 3, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes speaks with media during the winning coach and Super Bowl MVP Press Conference at Hilton Miami. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Joe Burrow has been nothing shy of remarkable in his second NFL season, and his body of work became even more impressive after a revelation he made about the Cincinnati Bengals’ win over the Tennessee Titans.
Burrow told reporters on Wednesday that he had to call his own plays for a stretch on Saturday after the Bengals’ headsets went out. He said it was “kind of exciting for me” since head coach Zac Taylor had joked with him before about not pretending the communications went down as an excuse to ignore playcalls.
Joe Burrow on having to call his own plays when headset went out last week: "Never been in that position before. That was kind of exciting for me. Zac always jokes don’t pretend like the headset goes out so you can call your own plays. All of them worked, That was fun."
Burrow led the Bengals to a 19-16 win. He said the plays he called all “worked,” but he didn’t specify which ones they were. Burrow finished the game 28/37 with 348 yards, no touchdowns and an interception. Though, there was some controversy surrounding the pick.
It’s easy to see why Burrow has quickly become one of the most popular players in the NFL. His rookie season was cut short by a major knee injury last year, but he has bounced back to play at a Pro Bowl level. The fact that he managed to successfully call his own plays in a playoff game is yet another example of his impressive football IQ.
Many players are eager to embrace an underdog narrative when it applies to their team. Joe Burrow is not one of them.
The Cincinnati Bengals quarterback was asked after Saturday’s win if his team was the “Cinderella” of the NFL postseason. Burrow was not into that narrative, arguing that the Bengals deserve more credit than that.
“No, I’m tired of the underdog narrative,” Burrow said, via Jordan Dajani of CBS Sports. “We’re a really, really good team. We’re here to make noise and teams are going to have to pay attention to us. We’re, like I said, a really good team with really good players and coaches and we’re coming for it all.”
Credit Burrow for this mentality, as he clearly does not want the Bengals feeling happy just to be in the AFC Championship. Yes, their win over Tennessee represented an upset, but the quarterback refuses to look at this as a big surprise.
Photo: Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) walks the sideline in the fourth quarter of the NFL Week 12 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium in downtown Cincinnati on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021. The Bengals beat the Steelers 41-10. Pittsburgh Steelers At Cincinnati Bengals
Teams are sometimes criticized for using draft picks on kickers, as the Bengals did when they selected McPherson in the fifth round (No. 149) last year. But McPherson turned in a very solid season, going 28/33 (84.8 percent) on field goals and 46/48 on extra points. More importantly, he’s 8/8 on his field goals in the playoffs so far.
Evan McPherson is the only player in the the last 30 years to score 13+ points in back-to-back playoff games.
The Tennessee Titans were awarded an interception on a controversial play against the Cincinnati Bengals in their AFC Divisional Round playoff game on Saturday.
The Titans had just kicked a field goal to make it 16-9 late in the third quarter. After a good return, Cincinnati began their possession at their 40.
Joe Burrow dumped off a pass towards Samaje Perine out of the backfield, but he couldn’t hold onto the ball. Amani Hooker alertly scooped up the ball as it was headed towards the turf to secure an interception.
The officials reviewed the play to see whether the ball had hit the ground. Though slow-motion replay seemed to show Hooker grabbing the ball off the ground, watching in real-time made it seem like Hooker made the interception.
The officials upheld their initial call on the field of an interception, giving Tennessee the ball back. Then on 2nd-and-16, Ryan Tannehill threw a touchdown pass to AJ Brown. The Titans tied the game at 16.
The Tennessee Titans are hosting the Cincinnati Bengals in the Divisional Round on Saturday, and they want to make sure their home-field advantage is as strong as possible. In an attempt to accomplish that, they have changed one of their ticket policies.
The Titans have made a change to their ticket policy ahead of Saturday’s game that is designed to make it more difficult for Bengals fans to attend. Tennessee has made it so that tickets purchased directly through the team or approved NFL sites cannot be transferred until 24 hours prior to Saturday’s kickoff. The earliest tickets can be transferred is 3:30 p.m. local time on Friday.
That will, in theory, prevent Bengals fans from being able to make plans to travel and attend the game. Brooke Ellenberger, vice president of ticketing for the Titans, explained the policy to WTVF in Nashville.
“We want Nissan Stadium to be two tone blue. And so by limiting this transfer window, it also limits the number of visiting team fans that we’ll have in the stadium,” Ellenberger said. “By limiting that transfer time would limit some of the resale and some of that transfer activity that would happen in advance.”
Fans can still purchase tickets through sites like Ticketmaster and Stubhub and get their tickets at the time of purchase. However, they would have to follow the 24-hour rule if they wanted to transfer them to someone else.
The Bengals are coming off their first playoff win in 31 years, so their fan case could not be more excited. We’d be surprised if there isn’t plenty of orange and black in the stands at Nissan Stadium, even if the Titans’ policy keeps a few people out.
The Cincinnati Bengals saved their fans from 31 years of disappointment with their Wild Card win over the Las Vegas Raiders last weekend, but Joe Burrow did not seem all that excited about the feat. He had a great reason for his lack of enthusiasm.
Burrow told reporters on Tuesday that he loved seeing Bengals fans so pumped up following the team’s first playoff win since 1990. However, he said he has tried to downplay the achievement because he wants it to be the “bare minimum going forward.”
Joe Burrow on the excitement in city about playoff win: "The fans were very excited. I tried to downplay it and all that because this is how it’s going to be from here on out. This is a great win for us but this is the standard for the bare minimum every year going forward."
The Bengals certainly did their fair share of celebrating after Saturday’s win. Head coach Zac Taylor came up with the awesome idea of delivering game balls to bars around Cincinnati. Burrow knows his team must quickly refocus, however, as an even tougher task awaits on the road against the Tennessee Titans in the Divisional Round.
Burrow is known for his calm demeanor both on and off the field. The awesome sunglasses he wore at his postgame press conference on Saturday spoke for themselves. You can’t ask for much more than your 25-year-old franchise quarterback not being satisfied with just one playoff win.
Bengals fans have been through a lot of misery in recent years. Their team’s playoff win drought was the longest in the NFL. You can understand why Taylor was happy to help snap the torturous streak. The Bengals may have benefitted from a highly controversial call, but that is already a distant memory.
Jerome Boger and his officiating crew made a major mistake during Saturday’s Las Vegas Raiders-Cincinnati Bengals playoff game, and the blunder may prove costly for them.
The Bengals were awarded a touchdown late in the first half of their Wild Card win over the Raiders on a play that should not have counted. An inadvertent whistle was blown in the middle of a third-down play in the red zone before Tyler Boyd caught a touchdown pass from Joe Burrow (video here). By rule, the down should have been replayed due to the whistle, but the officials allowed the TD to stand.
Photo: Oct 29, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; NFL referee Jerome Boger (23) during the game of the Indianapolis Colts against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports