With COVID protocol relaxing a bit, more teams in the NFL should be closer to full strength than is weeks previous. Does this mean we’ll see more upsets? Keep reading to check the NFL odds and start cashing out!
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Sunday, January 2, 2022 – 1:00 PM EST at Paul Brown Stadium
I know the Chiefs have been red hot recently, but so have the Bengals. Cincinnati just dominated the Baltimore Ravens, 41-21, and watched quarterback Joe Burrow throw for over 500 yards. The Chiefs’ defense has been much better in the second half of the season but it’s no easy task to take on this Bengals offense.
The offense is lethal with so many weapons. In the running game, the Bengals have Joe Mixon. Then in the passing game, there’s Tee Higgins, Ja'Marr Chase, and Tyler Boyd. Then at tight-end Burrow has C.J. Uzomah and Drew Sample and he’s also got Samaje Perine as a backup running back.
The offensive line hasn’t done much to help Burrow’s case and he’s been sacked a lot, but the offense can really take the Bengals to the promised land. If the Bengals make the playoffs, nobody is going to want to face them.
At home, Cincinnati is going to sell out against the Chiefs. This is a potential AFC Championship game in reality. You can’t sleep on this Bengals team. Despite being average on defense, the Bengals have allowed just 21.6 points per game.
That’s going to be just fine as this offense continues to grow. It’s a young team that has all the confidence in the world. Back Joe Burrow and the Bengals in this spot. At +200, for your NFL picks, there’s so much value here, especially with Cincinnati at home.
Cleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Monday, January 3, 2022 – 8:15 PM EST at Heinz Field
The Cleveland Browns will play a rivalry game against the Pittsburgh Steelers to see who should be in last place in the AFC North. Both teams have just seven wins on the year but are still competing for a playoff spot.
The Steelers are currently in a better position, with a 7-7-1 record while the Browns are 7-8. With the Steelers at home, for my best bets, I’ll give Pittsburgh another chance. Neither team is very good but both teams have been plagued by injury.
At this point, the Browns have lost three of their last four games but continue to play close games. On the other hand, Pittsburgh either losses a big game or wins a tight game. Monday’s game is going to be tight, especially with Pittsburgh at home. At this point, I don’t trust Baker Mayfield. It’s not because he’s a bad quarterback.
It’s because he’s flat-out injured and shouldn’t be playing right now. He’s a competitive guy with tons of quality leadership. That’s not even a question. But he’s unable to perform at a high level right now.
Meanwhile, Pittsburgh doesn’t have much quality at quarterback either with Ben Roethlisberger, but the offense should be able to get a couple of key pieces back this week including Pat Freiermuth, who missed last week due to a concussion. He’s a solid receiver and has been a big portion of Pittsburgh’s success when they have any.
NFL Pick: Steelers (+140) with BetOnline
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