Tue. Jun 6th, 2023

Sunday’s AFC Championship Recreation is a rematch of final season’s AFC title recreation, because the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs as soon as once more host the Cincinnati Bengals.

Kansas Metropolis dominated all season, cruising its solution to a 14-3 report and the No. 1 seed within the AFC. Alternatively, Cincinnati started the season 0-2 and was 4-4 earlier than profitable eight consecutive video games to shut out the common season and win the AFC North.

With that, Colin Cowherd counted down the highest 10 gamers within the AFC title rematch on Wednesday’s version of “The Herd.” 

Who made the reduce?

The place do Joe Burrow and Patrick Mahomes land on Colin’s 10 finest gamers within the AFC Championship Recreation?

10. Bengals RB Joe Mixon

Colin’s ideas: “Final two postseasons, over 400 yards — blows each different playoff operating again away. He is the highest-graded operating again on both crew. He jogs my memory just a little little bit of a poor man’s Adrian Peterson — he can run over ya, he can run previous ya. He is terrific.”

9. Chiefs G Joe Thuney

Colin’s ideas: “Arguably the perfect guard within the NFL. The No. 1 PFF rated pass-blocking guard. He is allowed one or fewer sacks in 4 of the final 5 years. Professional-Bowler, All-Professional this season. He had the perfect season for any guard this 12 months within the NFL.”

8. Bengals DE Trey Hendrickson

Colin’s ideas: “He is the highest-graded edge rusher on both crew, Chiefs or Bengals, in keeping with PFF. Final two years, [he has] 25.5 sacks. He was only a good get for them. And once more, to beat Mahomes, you gotta rush Mahomes. He’ll be extremely helpful on this spot.”

7. Bengals WR Tee Higgins

Colin’s ideas: “Again-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. He is a tricky matchup. He is 6-foot-4, 220 kilos. He is simply massive. He is in all probability not as gifted as Ja’Marr Chase, however he is a matchup nightmare. Keep in mind when Ja’Marr Chase received harm? Tee grew to become their No. 1 and was extremely, extremely profitable. Joe Burrow’s passer score when concentrating on Tee Higgins is 113, larger than Burrow concentrating on Ja’Marr Chase.”

6. Chiefs C Creed Humphrey

Colin’s ideas: “Most likely the second or first-best heart in soccer. Highest-graded heart his first two years, him and Kelce for the Eagles. Didn’t permit a sack in over 800 snaps. He was good the second he received to the NFL.”

5. Bengals WR Ja’Marr Chase

Colin’s ideas: “Extra of a home-run menace than Tee Higgins. 9 touchdowns in his final 9 video games together with the playoffs. He additionally led the NFL in catches of 50-plus yards, so he’s the massive home-run menace on this recreation. I believe whenever you play a Kansas Metropolis, there is a massive likelihood you are gonna fall behind. Are you able to get fast touchdowns? He is the man on the sphere that may get ’em.”

4. Chiefs DT Chris Jones

Colin’s ideas: “Highest-graded participant on both crew. Final 4 years, four-time Professional-Bowler. And if there are accidents on the Bengals’ O-Line inside, then Jones — he’ll have an excellent recreation regardless — may very well be dominating.”

3. Chiefs TE Travis Kelce

Colin’s ideas: “Eight-time Professional-Bowler. Solely Jerry Rice in league historical past has extra playoff catches than Travis Kelce. Is not that unimaginable?”

2. Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes

Colin’s ideas: “He isn’t taking part in at 100%. Sure, he is received the best passer score in league historical past. My guess is, although, he is not gonna have fairly the flexibility to increase performs.”

1. Bengals QB Joe Burrow

Colin’s ideas: “Situationally, he is nearly as good as Mahomes, and he is more healthy. So, Mahomes and Burrow are clearly the perfect gamers on this recreation and a very powerful. I don’t imagine you may have a excessive ankle sprain and be 100%. I believe Mahomes will intestine it out, however I believe you may see pretty early on this recreation Mahomes would not transfer fairly as nicely. If he was 100%, I would go Mahomes No. 1 and Burrow a detailed second.”

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