Many involved in mobile New York sports betting are sure to be looking forward to one of the more anticipated NFL playoff matchups in recent memory Sunday night.
The third-seeded Buffalo Bills (11-6), looking for their first road playoff win in four tries under head coach Sean McDermott, visit the second-seeded Kansas City Chiefs (12-5) in the fourth and final divisional playoff game of the weekend (CBS, 6:30 p.m.).
What Are the Odds?
Caesars Sportsbook New York has the Bills as a +2 road underdog with a +110 moneyline. The Chiefs are a slight -130 moneyline favorite, with the over/under total points at 53.5.
DraftKings New York also has the Bills as an underdog at +2.5 but a +105 moneyline. The Chiefs are at -125 on the moneyline, with the over/under total points at 53.5 as well.
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The temperature at game time is expected to be reasonably in the mid 30s.
This is the fifth meeting in the playoffs between the Bills and Chiefs, with each winner of the game eventually losing in the Super Bowl.
How Did the Oct. Matchup Go?
As for this season, the Bills defeated the Chiefs, 38-20, on Oct. 10. Quarterback Josh Allen completed 15 of 26 passes for 315 yards and three touchdowns and added 59 rushing yards and a TD in the win. Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes completed 33 of 54 passes for 272 yards with two TDs and two interceptions in the loss. He also rushed for 61 yards.
The quarterback matchup between Allen and Mahomes is intriguing. This is the first playoff game in NFL history featuring two quarterbacks who each threw for at least five touchdowns in their previous playoff game.
During last Sunday’s 42-21 home win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, Mahomes threw all five of his TDs within 11:31 of game time. By contrast, the Bills have allowed just five pass TDs combined in their last six games, which equates to 360 minutes of game time.
In last Saturday’s stunning 47-17 dismantling of Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots, Allen was 21-for-25 (84 percent) for 308 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions. Tight end Dawson Knox had two TD grabs.
When the Bills win, they often dominate. In fact, this year’s Bills are the eighth team since 1970 to win 12+ games by 12+ points in a season, including the playoffs. Each of the previous seven teams to do that went on to win the Super Bowl that season.
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Who Will Win?
NewYorkBets.com prediction: Both teams are coming into Sunday on fire and both are different on both sides of the ball since their last meeting more than three months ago. The Chiefs have revenge on their mind from that last meeting. Not only did they lose, they lost at home.
The Bills are 3-0 at home under McDermott, but never have won a road playoff game. Allen has been playing lights out. He must play even better again in a hostile environment with the pressure on to attain that first road win. Can he get it done?
Allen and the Bills come close, but I give the edge to Mahomes under the leadership of Chiefs head coach Andy Reid. Chiefs 31, Bills 27.