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The top-seeded Kansas City Chiefs will take the field for the first time in this year's NFL Playoffs on Sunday afternoon. The Chiefs will host the Cleveland Browns, who were able to upset the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Wild Card round.

Cleveland finished the regular season with an 11-5 record, and it used that momentum to get off to a fast start last weekend. The Browns jumped out to a 28-0 lead and were able to hang on to beat the Steelers.

Kansas City went 14-2 during the regular season to earn the top overall seed in the AFC. The Chiefs were able to sit back and relax last weekend, but they will begin their title defense on Sunday at home.

The Kansas City Chiefs are 9.5-point favorites over the Cleveland Browns in this AFC Divisional Round game. 

Browns Defense Will Be Tested

The Browns gave up more than 26 points per game this season and then allowed 37 points to the Steelers in the Wild Card round. Cleveland is playing without one of its top pass rushers in Olivier Vernon, and that could be a major problem in this game.

Cleveland can run the football well, and that will give the defense a chance to rest on the sidelines. The Browns averaged more than 150 rushing yards per game, and former Chiefs star Kareem Hunt will be out for revenge in this one.

Quarterback Baker Mayfield will likely be facing the most pressure on Sunday afternoon as the Browns will need to score points. Mayfield did throw three touchdown passes against the Steelers, but the Chiefs have a terrific secondary.

Chiefs Can Score Quickly

The Chiefs averaged 29.6 points per game, but they led the league with 303 passing yards per game. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw for over 4,700 yards, and he has plenty of weapons on that side of the ball.

The Chiefs are also expecting running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire to return to the lineup, and that will give the team some balance on offense. Kansas City can score points in a hurry, and it will look to exploit a bad Browns defense. 

The defense for the Chiefs never seems to get much credit, but that unit is allowing just 22.6 points per game. If the Chiefs can hold the Browns to less than three touchdowns, the offense should be able to do the rest. 

Kansas City Cruises to AFC Championship

The Browns have had a terrific 2020 season, but that run is going to come to an end on Sunday. Cleveland was able to stun the Steelers in the Wild Card round, but the Chiefs will be ready for them.

Mahomes put on a show last year during the Super Bowl run, and the Chiefs offense will have its way with the Browns defense in this game. Kansas City's run defense will slow down the Browns, and that will allow this game to get out of hand in a hurry.

The Chiefs will be heading to the AFC Championship Game again this season, and they will get there in convincing fashion. Bet the Kansas City Chiefs -9.5 over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

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