NFL Conference Championship Betting Tips: Packers, Buccaneers, Chiefs & Bills to battle it out for Super Bowl LV spot
Odds and preview ahead of the NFL Conference Championship matchups
We’ve got just one gameweek left before we head to Tampa for Super Bowl LV, and it’s a huge weekend with the NFC and AFC Championship’s up for grabs.
Defending Super Bowl and AFC Champions Kansas City Chiefs saw off Cleveland Browns to seal their spot in the championship game, while Buffalo Bills secured their spot with an impressive 17-3 win over Baltimore Ravens.
In the NFC, Green Bay Packers’ offence was too strong for LA Rams, who have the best defence in the league, as they won 32-18. Elsewhere, Tampa Bay Buccaneers took a step closer to playing the Super Bowl in their home stadium with a 30-20 win over New Orleans Saints.
Ahead of the NFL Conference Championship games, we’ve previewed the NFC and AFC matchups.
Is it written in the stars for Tom Brady to return to the Super Bowl in his first season with Tampa Bay? Just one game stands between the Buccaneers and their first trip to the Championship game since winning Super Bowl XXXVII in 2002.
The NFC’s number one seed, Green Bay Packers, will hope not though, with MVP-elect Aaron Rodgers leading his side to their third NFC Championship game in five seasons.
Packers have lost their last three attempts to reach the Super Bowl, with their last successful shot at the Vince Lombardi trophy 11-years ago.
Despite their poor recent record, the Packers are 8/15 on the Money Line to win the NFC Championship game, with Tampa Bay 6/4 to reach the Super Bowl in their own back yard.
Buccaneers have already got the better of Rodgers & co. once this season, a 38-10 win back in week six, consigning the Packers to their first defeat of the season in one of the MVP-elect’s worst performances of the season, throwing for 160 yards, no TD’s and two interceptions.
Packers have gone from strength to strength since, with more emphasis on their running game, which helped them beat the Rams. RB Aaron Jones ran for just under 100 yards, claiming a TD while QB Rodgers last three yards through his four rushing attempts, but still managed a TD.
Jones is 15/2 to score the opening TD, while you can find 87/100 on him entering the endzone anytime. Packers WR Davante Adams was kept quiet in the Divisional game against the Rams, but still scored a TD. He’s 11/2 to score first, or 123/200 to score his 20th TD of the season anytime.
Buccaneers offense has thrived with the ball in Brady’s hands this season, getting the very best out of the likes of Chris Godwin, Antonio Brown and Mike Evans. The veteran QB managed 40 throwing TD’s this season.
Evans himself pulled in 70 receptions for just over 1,000 yards and 13 TD’s, as the Bucs’ most potent outlet. He’s 10/1 to score the first TD, while 13/10 says he scores anytime.
TE Rob Gronkowski teams up with Brady for their sixth postseason together. With three Super Bowl rings to his name, his experience could be invaluable here and he’s 5/2 to score anytime.
The top two offenses in the league clash in the AFC Championship game, as Kansas City Chiefs, usually led by Patrick Mahomes, take on Buffalo Bills with Josh Allen at QB.
The Chiefs limped past the Browns last week after Mahomes was sidelined with a concussion, and its touch and go whether last year’s Super Bowl MVP will be back in time to face the Bills.
Buffalo benefitted from the QB concussion protocol against the Ravens as they limited Baltimore to just three points, without a TD, as Lamar Jackson was sidelined after a heavy hit to the head.
That shouldn’t take away from their achievement though, with the AFC’s number two seed worthy contenders for this year’s Championship
Defending champions Kansas City Chiefs are odds-on 4/7 favourites on the Money Line to make it to back-to-back Super Bowl’s, with Buffalo 7/5 to make it to Tampa.
After a 17-season playoff drought, head coach Sean McDermott has led the Bills to three postseason appearances in four years, while they head to the AFC Championship game for the first time since their Super Bowl XXVII win in 1993.
Buffalo gave the Chiefs a run for their money in week six before Kansas eventually came out with a 26-17 win. Allen’s connection to WR’s Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley has been instrumental this season, with 13 TD’s between them, including one a piece against the Chiefs.
Allen is 8/1 to score the first TD, with Diggs at 9/1 and Beasley 14/1. If you think Diggs and Beasley will find the endzone anytime during the game, they’re 11/10 and 19/10 respectively.
In the Chiefs win over the Bills earlier in the season, consistent scoring was crucial. They scored 13 in each half, with a TD in the first and third quarters, before two field goals in the second and fourth. They’re even money to score under 13.5 points in the first half, or 4/5 to score over 13.5 points in the first half as they did against the Browns.
Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill is 11/2 favourite to open the scoring, or there’s 533/1000 on him adding to his 15 TD’s so far this season anytime. Travis Kelce led the league for Tight End TD’s with 11, adding to his tally in the playoffs already too. He’s 119/125 to score anytime.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication.