With the divisional round now over, we have reached the final four teams left. The San Francisco 49ers are travelling to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs take on the Cincinnati Bengals at home. All four teams won their individual divisions and we are in for an exciting Sunday ahead.
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San Francisco 49ers @ Philadelphia Eagles
The season so far
The 49ers won their division easily with a 13-4 record. It was a bit of a surprise but mainly due to how bad the LA Rams were as they finished 5-12, despite being Superbowl champions last year.
They then went on to beat division rivals Seattle in the wildcard games relatively easily. After that they took on the Dallas Cowboys at home in the divisional round and beat them 19-12.
Philadelphia have been a juggernaut all season, taking the NFC East 14-3. Despite having constant competition from the Cowboys and Giants in the division it always felt like they had the division in the bag.
The Eagles missed the wildcard round due to being the number one seed but showed their talents in the divisional round. They took on the Giants at home and destroyed them 38-7.
The 49ers have got a few injury worries on the offence but it would be surprising if they didn’t play. Christian McCaffery, Elijah Mitchell and Deebo Samuel are all questionable. McCaffery has a calf problem and Mitchell a groin injury. Also, Samuel has an ankle concern and all of them missed practice on Wednesday.
On the other side of the ball things are looking a lot better as the 49ers don’t have any injury concerns. They will need to be at full strength in a tough matchup against the Eagles.
The Philadelphia Eagles are in a great position going into this game with hardly any injury worries going into this game. The only questionable player is right tackle, Lane Johnson, who played through his groin injury last week. He won’t be missing this game.
This game looks like it is going to be a very tight affair with two high quality defences going against each other. With that in mind you have to feel that the under 46.5 total points is a good bet at 17/20.
The other bet that looks good in this game is DeVonta Smith to have over 0.5 receiving touchdowns at 6/4. Smith is considered the number two receiver on the Eagles team behind AJ Brown.
However, this is what makes him an ideal candidate as he wont have the 49ers first choice defender on him. Also, he is a great receiver who finished as the wr10 over the course of the season.
Under 46.5 total points17/20
DeVonta Smith to have over 0.5 receiving touchdowns6/4
Cincinnati Bengals @ Kansas City Chiefs
The season so far
The Bengals had another great season finishing top of the AFC North with a 12-5 record. Normally the team who losses the Superbowl the previous year struggles, but that hasn’t happened with the Bengals.
They played the Baltimore Ravens and won a tight encounter in the Wildcard round 24-17. Then last week they went away to Buffalo and beat the Bills comfortably in the snow.
Kansas City had another good season finishing as the number one seed and winning the AFC West comfortably with a 14-3 record. The Chiefs were expected to struggle a bit without Tyreek Hill, but they are still winning games.
As the number one seed they didn’t have to play in the Wildcard round but they did win the divisional matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars. They have looked like a quality team who have every chance of progressing but they are up against a really good Bengals team.
The Bengals have got a couple of injury issues on the o-line but that didn’t hold them back last week. Alex Cappa and Jonah Williams are both questionable with an ankle and Kneecap problem respectively.
The defence is looking good with no fresh injury worries which is good as they will need to be against this quality Chiefs offence.
Kansas City don’t have any players questionable for this game and are looking solid. The only issue they have is with Patrick Mahomes.
Mahomes had a high ankle sprain in the game against Jacksonville last week but managed to finish the game. He has also had a full practice on Wednesday and has made it clear that he will not be missing this game.
This has got shootout written all over it with two explosive offences going head to head. The Bengals defence does look a bit stronger than the Chiefs but with the total points line being at 47.5, the over looks a good bet at 5/6.
The next bet that looks good is Tee Higgins to have over 0.5 receiving touchdowns at 8/5. Like the Eagles with Brown and Smith, the Bengals also have two great receivers in Chase and Higgins.
With Chase being the number one receiver it means Higgins will be available more often to score. Also, the Chiefs finished the season ranked 32nd when it came to giving up passing touchdowns.