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Best bets for 2022 AFC and NFC championship games

After an incredible divisional weekend where every game was decided on the last play, we now shift our focus to the conference championships.

The Kansas City Chiefs and the Cincinnati Bengals have the 3 p.m. ET kickoff on Sunday afternoon at Arrowhead Stadium, followed by a 6:30 p.m. ET divisional matchup at SoFi Stadium between the San Francisco 49ers and the Los Angeles Rams. Both games are set to be a treat for football fans everywhere.

For this week’s NFL conference championship plays, we are focusing on an exciting total in both games.

Let’s dive into Jets X-Factor’s best bets for this weekend’s slate.

Cincinnati Bengals at Kansas City Chiefs

The Bengals defense comes into this game playing pretty well in the playoffs, holding the Raiders and Titans to below 20 points. Furthermore, across the Bengals’ two playoff games, the under hit by an average of 8 points.

The Chiefs defense has played significantly better during the second half of the season. They have only allowed 18 points per game in their last 12 contests. Lastly, the Chiefs have been much more effective running the football as they are averaging 141 yards per game on the ground in their last five games. This bodes well for the under as if they are committing to run the football, it will keep the clock moving.

Barring anything crazy like the last two minutes of Kansas City’s win over the Bills, I expect this game to stay under.

The Play: Under 54.5 (Fanduel Sportsbook)

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San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams

The 49ers are coming into this game after holding Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense to just 10 points in their matchup last week. San Francisco has been playing strong defense all season, finishing the regular season with the No. 3 unit in the NFL based on yards per game. They have only surrendered 20.6 points per game through the playoffs and are primed to keep that momentum going against a Rams team they have defeated six consecutive times.

The Rams defense is not very far behind San Francisco as it has only given up 22 points per game all season. Similar to the 49ers, the Rams defense held the Buccaneers’ No. 2 offense to six points until 12 seconds in the third quarter, at which point the Buccaneers offense got going thanks to multiple turnovers by Los Angeles’ offense.

Both defenses have stout pass rushers and can stop the run, which should pose trouble for the opposing quarterbacks. I like this game to stay under the total.

The Play: Under 46 (Fanduel Sportsbook)

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Brendan Vander Vliet is a writer who specializes in NFL gambling content. Everything from spreads, totals, props, etc. is covered. Email: bvander_vliet[at]live.com
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