CURIOUS CALL: Shouldn’t Bengals be favoured over Chiefs whether Patrick Mahomes plays or not?

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Despite the uncertainly surrounding quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the Kansas City Chiefs are currently and curiously listed as 1.5 point favourites for Sunday’s AFC conference championship clash with the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Mahomes suffered a high ankle sprain in the first quarter of Saturday’s divisional-round battle with the Jacksonville Jaguars, but after missing most of the second quarter he returned following the intermission – with his ankle heavily taped and while limping his way around the field between whistles – to lead the Chiefs to a 27-20 victory.

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Chiefs coach Andy Reid told reporters Monday that Mahomes’ mindset right now is that he’s going to play Sunday, but that they’re going to take it day by day.

“He’s worked hard on the treatment and is doing OK,” Reid said.

High ankle sprains being as unpredictable as they are, Chiefs will have capable veteran backup Chad Henne ready to go.

The Chiefs will be hosting a Bengals team that is coming off a thorough dismantling of the Buffalo Bills in a 27-10 divisional round victory at Orchard Park – a game in which Cincinnati was a 5.5-point underdog.

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Home-field advantage can be the only reason the Chiefs are favoured, as they have been beaten by the Bengals the last three times the teams have met – including last year’s conference championship showdown – and seven of the last eight meetings dating back to 2008.

The last two times the Chiefs and Bengals have squared the result has been a 27-24 score.

The Bengals have an 18-14-0 edge in the all-time series and are 8-9 in games played in Kansas City.

Meanwhile, being an underdog should suit Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow just fine.

He is 16-7 ATS in that role, and 14-2 ATS as a ‘dog getting three or more points.

– Don Brennan

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