Is it a bad omen that the Buffalo Bills are owned by the Kansas City Chiefs?
Strangely enough, no team that has defeated the Bills under Josh Allen in the postseason has gone on to win the following game (0–4).
This includes the two postseason victories the Chiefs have had over Allen’s Bills.
After defeating Allen in his first playoff match of the 2019 campaign, the Texans fell short against the Chiefs in their subsequent meeting.
The Chiefs went on to defeat the Bills in the following two seasons before losing to the Buccaneers in the 2020 Super Bowl and the Bengals in the 2021 AFC Championship game.
The Bengals ousted the Bills in the AFC divisional round last year before falling the next week to the Chiefs.
Despite quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ 13-3 straight-up record in his playoff career, Kansas City is a 3.5-point underdog against the Ravens on BetMGM Sportsbook, and oddsmakers anticipate that this trend will continue for a fifth consecutive season.
Three defeats occurred, two against Joe Burrow and one against the now-retired Tom Brady.
Brady’s first defeat came against the Patriots in Kansas City, and his second came against the Buccaneers in the Super Bowl.
That night, Brady won his seventh Super Bowl. 31–9.
A few more betting trends to be mindful of before the conference championship game between the Chiefs and Ravens.
- This season, Kansas City is 6-2 away from Arrowhead and 5-3 against the spread with a +20 point differential.
The opening total points were 45.5, but quick moves quickly lowered it to 44.5.
Four of the Chiefs’ past five games and 12 of their 17 overall this season have ended in underdog results.
- Baltimore’s games are split more evenly; during the season, unders were nine for seventeen.
Lamar Jackson’s postseason struggles had been cited by many as a cause for the team’s lackluster Super Bowl chances.
However, that was largely disproved because in the victory over the Texans, Jackson became the first quarterback in NFL playoff history to both pass and run for 100 yards and two touchdowns. He also had a passer rating of over 100.
With Jackson hoping to make an impression on the season after a contract dispute to start the season, Sunday’s game against the Chiefs should be exciting.