AFC Championship Game Defensive Props: Jones, Apple, Bates

  • Chris Jones has -130 odds to record a sack during the AFC Championship Game.
  • Eli Apple has +550 odds to record an interception in the game.
  • Apple’s backfield partner, Jessie Bates, sits at +500 to grab a pick.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The AFC Championship Game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Cincinnati Bengals features several elite defensive players – and Eli Apple.

Will Chris Jones (KC) Record a Sack?

  • Yes -130
  • No -110

Chris Jones of the Chiefs has been elite this year, racking up 15.5 sacks during his 17-game regular season campaign.

He failed to record a sack in the Chiefs’ Divisional Round matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but online sportsbooks still favor him to record one against the Bengals.

Notably, Jones failed to record a sack in his regular season matchup against the Bengals, also recording zero tackles for loss.

Will Eli Apple (CIN) Intercept a Pass?

  • Yes +550
  • No -1000

Eli Apple’s mouth makes more headlines than his play, with the Bengals CB – rated 75 OVR in Madden – talking trash to Bills WR Stefon Diggs. NFL betting fans are likely more familiar with his mouth than his play.

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Apple’s odds to record an interception are fairly long, given that he has zero interceptions on the season.

The last time he recorded an interception was in Week 11 of 2021, so it’s been more than a year since he’s gotten one.

Will Jessie Bates (CIN) Intercept a Pass?

  • Yes +500
  • No -900

Apple’s backfield partner, Jessie Bates, has four picks on the year, but only a little bit shorter odds to get one in the game.

Bates has undeniably been better than Apple, but interceptions are so rare that it’s generally seen as unlikely that even he will get one.

It just goes to show how small the margins are between great defenders and not-so-great ones at online sportsbooks – they have nearly the same likelihood to get a pick in this game.

The Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs face off in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. EST.