The NFL divisional round is here, and Sunday brings an AFC Playoffs matchup that many envisioned as a potential conference championship game.
The Kansas City Chiefs (12-5) host the Buffalo Bills (11-6) at 5:30 p.m. The game will be televised on CBS. It’s the second meeting between these teams this season. Buffalo won 38-20 on Oct. 10.
The game at Arrowhead Stadium will be the last of four NFL playoff games for fans in Iowa to bet on this weekend.
The AFC Championship Game and Super Bowl LVI are still ahead, so this might be a good time to set up a sportsbook account. Iowa has 17 sportsbooks to choose from. Some of the most popular companies have new customer offers and PlayIA is happy to share some of the options.
Bet $5, win $280 at DraftKings
DraftKings Sportsbook in Iowa has an NFL offer that lasts all the way through the Super Bowl. That means you have seven more chances over three weekends to sign up for their promotion as a new customer.
- Open your new DK account with at least a $5 deposit.
- Then place a moneyline bet of at least $5 on any one of the future playoff games before that game starts.
- If the bet wins, you’ll receive $280 in free bets on top of whatever you won on the wager.
- Just make sure you are over 21 and use the DraftKings offer on your first settled NFL moneyline bet as a new customer.
FanDuel has a cash offer for the AFC Playoffs
The FanDuel Sportsbook in Iowa wants to introduce itself to customers who place their first bet in the upcoming NFL playoff games.
- Bet $5 and win $150 cash on any NFL team this weekend.
- Make a moneyline bet on the playoff game of your choice.
- Customers can register for FanDuel on their desktop, but they’ll be instructed to download the app to take advantage of this offer. (FanDuel will help you through the process.) If you made a winning bet, the payout will appear in your account in about 72 hours.
Score at BetMGM with any touchdown
A new customer’s first bet of $10 or more at BetMGM Sportsbook IA could be a $200 win. The team you bet on doesn’t even have to win the game. Any trip to the endzone unlocks a $200 offer. The Iowa sportsbook will unlock a pair of $100 free bets once your original wager is settled.
The over/under () stands as the highest among divisional-round games. Plus, the over hit in Kansas City’s final five games of the regular season, so a touchdown offer should be a great way to get started at BetMGM.
This offer is good for either of the NFC divisional round playoff games as well.
How to bet on the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Playoffs
The Chiefs took down the Pittsburgh Steelers 42-21 in the wildcard round. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes completed 30 of his 39 passing attempts for 404 yards, five touchdowns and an interception in the blowout win. The wildcard win marked Kansas City’s sixth cover against a team with a winning record since Week 10.
Despite early-season struggles, the Chiefs seem to have regained their mojo, winning 10 of their last 11 games (including the wildcard game) after a 3-4 start to the season. Mahomes put together yet another stellar season, throwing for 4,839 yards and 37 touchdowns. Tyreek Hill (111 receptions, 1,239 yards and nine touchdowns) and Travis Kelce (92 receptions, 1,125 yards, nine touchdowns) continued their dominance in one of the conference’s best passing attacks.
The emergence of wideouts Mecole Mardman (59 receptions, 693 yards and two touchdowns) and Byron Pringle (42 receptions, 568 yards and five touchdowns) has been a pleasant surprise, too.
What to know about the Buffalo Bills
If there’s any team in the AFC playoffs that can keep up with the Chiefs’ scorching offense, it’s the Bills.
Buffalo throttled the New England Patriots in the opening round of the playoffs, winning 47-17. The Bills played a flawless game offensively, scoring touchdowns on their first seven drives of the game. The only drive that didn’t end in a touchdown was when the team took a knee to end the game. Quarterback Josh Allen had more touchdowns (five) than incompletions (four) in his 308-yard performance.
The Bills’ offense has had its share of speedbumps this season but found its stride late; including its wildcard victory, Buffalo won its last five games, leveraging 33.4 points per game. That success is in part to a newfound balance offensively. In that stretch, the Bills averaged 272.2 passing yards and 162 on the ground. The Bills are 12-2 (including the playoffs) when rushing for more than 100 yards.
Injury and odds updates for the Chiefs and Bills
Buffalo’s notable injury was to defensive end Mario Addison, the Bills’ leader in sacks. Addison hurt his shoulder in the second half against New England and is considered day-to-day.
For the Chiefs, defensive lineman Chris Jones exited the wildcard win early with an eye injury. Cornerback Rashad Fenton missed the game, and so did running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Fellow tailback Darrel Williams was banged up as well.
The other AFC Playoffs matchup
The Tennessee Titans host the Cincinnati Bengals at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. CBS will broadcast the game.
The Titans are after opening the playoffs with a bye. Tennessee struggled late, covering in just three of its final eight regular-season games. The Bengals, on the other hand, covered in their final four regular-season games. Cincinnati has covered in its last three games as an underdog as well.
The Bengals secured their first playoff win since 1991 with a 26-19 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders on Jan. 15. Joe Burrow threw for 244 yards and a pair of touchdowns. However, the Bengals lost starting defensive lineman Larry Ogunjobi to injury in the win – not ideal in stopping the Titans’ rushing attack.
Tennessee running back Derrick Henry could return this weekend, which would do wonders for the Titans. Henry ran for 937 yards (4.3 yards per carry) and 10 touchdowns before going down with an injury on Oct. 31. Henry benefited from additional practice time during the Titans’ first-round bye.
The Bengals would travel to Kansas City or Buffalo with a win. The Titans would host one of those opponents in the AFC Championship if they win.