Anyone with a pulse in the New York sports betting community never will forget: Thirteen seconds was all that stood between the Buffalo Bills and the AFC Championship Game.
In what turned out to be one of the most exciting and nerve-racking NFL playoff games ever held, the Bills lost to the Kansas City Chiefs on the road in overtime, 42-36, last Sunday. It marked the first playoff game in league history with three go-ahead TDs scored in the final two minutes of regulation.
It also was the first game in the Super Bowl era (regular season or playoffs) in which both quarterbacks had 300-plus yards, 3-plus pass TDs and 60-plus rush yards.
So, it is wait until next year for New York bettors who rode the Bills.
The Lines on Conference Title Games
Let’s look at Sunday’s two conference title games.
In the AFC, the Kansas City Chiefs head to their fourth consecutive conference title game when they host the upstart and dangerous Cincinnati Bengals (CBS, 3:05 ET).
Caesars Sportsbook New York has the Chiefs as a 7-point favorite and -360 moneyline pick as of Friday afternoon. The Bengals are +285 underdogs. BetMGM New York lists the Chiefs as 7.5-point and -350 moneyline favorites. Both sportsbooks list the over/under at 54.5 points.
In the NFC, the top two seeds (Green Bay and Tampa Bay) are out. The conference final is all California, with the Los Angeles Rams hosting the San Francisco 49ers (FOX, 6:40).
Caesars Sportsbook New York sees the Rams as a 3.5-point favorite and -180 moneyline pick. The Niners are +155 underdogs and the over/under is 45.5 points. BetMGM New York also lists the Rams as 3.5-point favorites but they are -175 on the moneyline. The Niners are +145 on the moneyline and the over/under is also 45.5 points.
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New York Sports Betting Backed Bills
There was a lot to like about the Bills this season and the team shapes up to be solid in 2022 as well.
It was a shame Bills phenom quarterback Josh Allen had to lose. He matched the Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes all game long. Allen completed 27 of 37 passes for 329 yards with four TDs and no interceptions. Allen ran 11 times for 68 rush yards in the loss.
The shock of Buffalo losing in the playoffs across the upstate region not only hurt Bills Mafia, but also football bettors.
According to DraftKings New York, Buffalo was the most bet on team in New York during last week’s action by handle and by bets and the matchup between the Bills and Chiefs was the most bet on game during last weekend’s divisional round by handle and by bets.
The Bills were also good to both bettors and betting providers within the Empire State. Since launching mobile sports betting in the state on Jan. 8, DraftKings notes, the Bills were the most bet on team overall in New York by handle and total bets.
Upcoming NFL Draft
With the Bills likely to be one of the Super Bowl favorites in the 2022-23 season, this season was another notch in the belt for the team for winning consistency.
After an 11-6 regular season, a second consecutive AFC East division title and back-to-back seasons with a playoff win for the first time since 1992-1993, the Bills will have the 25th overall selection in the 2022 NFL Draft, set to take place April 28-30 in Las Vegas.
The Bills have nine picks in the 2022 NFL draft: 1st round, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th (from Carolina), 6th, 7th (from Atlanta), 7th.
This will be the first time in franchise history that the Bills will have the 25th pick. Their last selection in the 20s was in 2017 when the team traded down and selected cornerback Tre’Davious White (27th overall).
Our Picks to Make the Super Bowl
NewYorkBets.com picks: Look for two more exciting, close games.
The Bengals, with QB Joe Burrow and top target Ja’Marr Chase, will be a contender in the near future, for sure. Cincy gives the Chiefs all they can handle but come up just short. Chiefs 37, Bengals 31.
In the NFC, it is hard to go against coach Sean McVay, QB Matthew Stafford and the Rams’ talented defense. But there is just something about these 49ers, who pull off the mild upset. 49ers 27, Rams 24.