New England Patriots vs Kansas City Chiefs: 2019 AFC Championship Game Odds And NFL Playoff PickS.The 2019 AFC Championship Game will be contested this evening between the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs. This matchup, which will take place at Arrowhead Stadium, will feature the top two teams in the conference going head-to-head with a berth in Super Bowl LIII on the line. These teams met earlier in the 2018 NFL season in a game that New England ultimately won, 43-40. Much has changed since Week 6 for both squads, which makes this rematch all the more intriguing.
Oddsmakers are favoring Kansas City this time around, opening the squad as a three-point favorite. That line hasn’t shifted much since it was determined that the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds would be battling it out in the AFC Championship, even though a good majority of the public is backing the Chiefs to cover the spread. Kansas City is currently generating 59% of total bets and an even larger percentage of the total money is on the team at 61%. The total of this game isn’t expected to reach anywhere near the 83 points that were scored at Foxborough back in October, with the over/under currently set at 56 points. That’s down slightly from the initial mark of 57 points, as 55% of bettors backing the under at this juncture.
Will Patrick Mahomes, Andy Reid and the rest of the dynamic Chiefs find a way to avenge their shortcomings from three months ago and punch a ticket to the Super Bowl for the first time in 50 years, or will Tom Brady and Bill Belichick find a way to guide the steady Pats to a season sweep of this foe and get back to the big game for the third consecutive year? Vegas expert Jon Price of SportsInformationTraders.com—who has gone 6-1 on his picks for readers across the first two rounds of the 2019 NFL Playoffs—has provided his take on the outcome, which you can find at the end of this article. Before finding out which franchise the pro handicapper has advancing to Super Bowl LIII, take a peek at the full schedule, kickoff start time, TV channel information and updated odds for the 2019 AFC Championship between the Chiefs and Patriots.
2019 AFC Championship Preview: Kansas City Chiefs vs. New England Patriots
The Patriots-Chiefs rivalry is quickly becoming one of the more exciting ones in the modern NFL, as these top-tier organizations have met in each of the past three seasons and four times in the last five years. The teams are deadlocked at two wins apiece in this span, a stretch that includes some truly memorable contests. Many pundits claimed that New England’s reign as the top dynasty of the modern era was coming to an end in 2014 after Kansas City decimated it, 41-14, in the only game between these clubs held at Arrowhead since 2005. The Pats were able to shrug off that blowout loss and go on to win the Super Bowl at the end of that campaign, making their first of three trips over the next four seasons. New England would next face the Chiefs in the playoffs following the 2015 campaign, ousting the squad before falling in the AFC Championship against Denver. The Pats went on to win the Super Bowl again the following season, prompting the schedulemakers to set up a New England-Kansas City clash to open the 2017 campaign. The Chiefs spoiled a banner-raising ceremony at Gillette Stadium that evening, with former running back Kareem Hunt having a coming out party in his rookie debut to pace his squad to a 15-point blowout victory. Kansas City came up just short in the 2018 edition of this burgeoning rivalry, cracking in the final frame of a back-and-forth shootout, the first between future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady and up-and-coming star signal-caller Patrick Mahomes.
The duel between Brady and Mahomes will once again take center stage on Sunday evening, although there is far more up for grabs now compared to Week 6. The 41-year-old veteran got the better of his younger counterpart back October, even if his stat line wasn’t rife with scores. Brady finished the day having thrown for 340 yards and a touchdown on 24-of-35 passing attempts, nimbly avoiding any turnovers during a tight battle. Mahomes lit up the stat sheet with four touchdowns and 352 yards on 23-of-36 passing, but was responsible for two costly interceptions that ultimately made the difference in a three-point defeat.