The Kansas City Chiefs couldn’t have asked for a better opponent to start the post-bye portion of their schedule. They went through a tough slate of games during the first nine weeks and compiled an impressive 6-3 record with wins over New England, Philadelphia, Washington and Houston before Deshaun Watson was lost for the year. They also lost games to Pittsburgh and Dallas. They return to work with a Week 11 contest against the stumbling New York Giants.
And the Chiefs will be looking to tighten up the defense and rekindle the big play offense after their bye. They opened the season with five straight wins behind a prolific offensive attack that saw Alex Smith put up MVP-type numbers and Kareem Hunt emerge as the league’s leading rusher. The offense was able to cover for a defense that’s still looking for a leader following the loss of Eric Berry in the season opener. And the struggles became more noticeable when the Chiefs lost three of four before their break.
The schedule had plenty to do with that. The Chiefs played against four teams that currently rank in the top-10 in scoring and none that place in the bottom 10. They should also benefit from the return of Tamba Hali, Dee Ford and Steven Nelson, who are all working their way back into the lineup after missing action due to injury. The rest will also benefit Hunt, who had just 191 rushing yards in the last four games after amassing 609 through the first five. He also lost his lead as the top rusher, falling to second after a 37-yard effort prior to the break.
2017 Record: 6-3
2017 ATS Record: 6-3
2017 Over/Under Total Record: 6-3
Current Super Bowl Odds: +1200
Current Odds to Win AFC: +450
Current Odds to Win AFC West: -1000
Current NFL Odds: Chiefs -10
Over/Under Total: 44
Chiefs vs. Giants NFL Preview: The AFC West leading Kansas City Chiefs will return from their bye to face the New York Giants in Week 11. Ben McAdoo’s squad reached a new low last week when it allowed the winless San Francisco 49ers to log their first win of the season in a 31-21 triumph. His days of coaching this team look to be numbered. That estimation is further backed up by the fact that the GMEN are installed double-digit underdogs to win this game. Continue...
Week 10: BYE
Week 9: Cowboys 28, Chiefs 17
ATS Result: Cowboys -2.5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 53
After a slow start and falling behind 14-3, the Chiefs got a big play from Tyreek Hill, who pranced into the endzone on the final play of the first half, dancing around Dallas defenders to get there. They then took the opening second half kickoff and drove 62 yards for the go-ahead touchdown. However, that would be their last score and the Cowboys added a pair of touchdowns to hand KC its third ATS loss in the last four games.
Week 8: Chiefs 29, Broncos 19
ATS Result: Chiefs -7
Over/Under Total Result: Over 42
The Chiefs won their fourth straight over the Broncos and covered the 7-point spread with the help of five turnovers and five Harrison Butker field goals. KC could have put the game away in the first quarter. Up 14-0, Hill threw a pass on a trick play that was intercepted. The Broncos wouldn’t go away, but the Chiefs pressured Trevor Siemian into three interceptions and recovered two fumbles, one of which was returned for the opening score. A late Denver touchdown was enough to cash the over for the sixth time.
Week 7: Raiders 31, Chiefs 30
ATS Result: Raiders +3
Over/Under Total Result: Over 46.5
The Chiefs had a chance to put the Raiders in a deep hole and extend their lead in the division, but they couldn’t hold on to a 9-point fourth quarter lead and the defense let one slip away in a second straight SU and ATS loss. The Chiefs allowed over 500 yards and gave up the game-winning score with no time left on the clock. Smith’s 63-yard scoring pass to Albert Wilson gave KC a 27-21 lead, surpassing the total midway through the third quarter.
Week 6: Steelers 19, Chiefs 13
ATS Result: Steelers +3.5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 46
The Chiefs suffered their first SU and ATS loss as they failed to cover the 3.5-point spread. The offense was shut down and managed just 251 yards with all but six of those coming in the second half. A bad snap on their first series resulted in a safety and a pass that sailed through the hands of Philip Gaines to Antonio Brown resulted in a Pitt touchdown. KC battled back to get within the final margin, but a sack on the final series forced a fourth-and-long and the Chiefs couldn’t convert.
Week 5: Chiefs 42, Texans 34
ATS Result: Chiefs -2
Over/Under Total Result: Over 45
Both teams were clicking on offense making it an easy play on the over. It was another balanced attack for the Chiefs that produced 450 yards of offense against a Texans team that lost J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus. KC never trailed and built a 19-point lead after Hill’s punt return in the fourth quarter. Houston made it look closer with a pair of late touchdowns, but the Chiefs still covered for a fifth straight game.
Week 4: Chiefs 29, Redskins 20
ATS Result: Chiefs -6.5
Over/Under Total Result: Over 48
One final garbage play allowed the Chiefs to cover the spread and cash the over. After taking a 23-20 lead, the Skins had one last chance with four seconds left. A few laterals to keep the play alive resulted in a fumble that Justin Houston recovered and took the other way for six points. Chiefs backers and over bettors were ecstatic on a play that should’ve been a footnote to the game.
Week 3: Chiefs 24, Chargers 10
ATS Result: Chiefs -3
Over/Under Total Result: Under 47.5
The Chiefs won their seventh straight over the Chargers and improved to 3-0 with their victory. The offense started fast with touchdowns on the first two possessions and the defense kept Philip Rivers from doing much damage with three interceptions. The result was an easy cover win to put the Chiefs at 3-0 ATS this season.
Week 2: Chiefs 27, Eagles 20
ATS Result: Chiefs -4
Over/Under Total Result: Over 46.5
The Chiefs remained perfect both SU and ATS, but it didn’t come without a scare. They scored three second-half touchdowns and took a 27-13 lead with just over two minutes to play. Possibly a letdown, the Eagles scored a late touchdown to cash the over, and recovered an on-side kick to give them on last chance at tying the game. The defense made one final play to preserve the victory, knocking the last ditch effort pass away.
Week 1: Chiefs 42, Patriots 27
ATS Result: Chiefs +8
Over/Under Total Result: Over 47.5
Who were those imposters lined up in the Chiefs huddle last Thursday? That’s what many are asking after KC dismantled New England, putting up the most points and yards against a Bill Belichick coached Pats team. The Chiefs attacked on offense and used their big-play weapons every chance they could. They were shifting, moving and using multiple formations in a style we haven’t seen from them. They withstood an early onslaught when the Pats marched down the field on their first possession, weathered the storm and nearly reached the total all by themselves.
Preseason Record: 2-2
ATS Record: 2-2
Over/Under Total Record: 2-2
Many of the players on the current roster weren’t even born the last time Kansas City won a game in New England. The teams don’t play all that often so the sample size is small, but the Chiefs haven’t won a road game in the series since 1990. They’ve lost all six games since then, including a divisional round playoff matchup in Foxboro two years ago.
Week 1: Chiefs at Patriots, Thursday, September 7, 8:30 p.m. ET – NBC
Week 2: Chiefs vs. Eagles, Sunday, September 17, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 3: Chiefs at Chargers, Sunday, September 24, 4:25 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 4: Chiefs vs. Redskins, Monday, October 2, 8:30 p.m. ET – ESPN
Week 5: Chiefs at Texans, Sunday, October 8, 8:30 p.m. ET – NBC
Week 6: Chiefs vs. Steelers, Sunday, October 15, 4:25 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 7: Chiefs at Raiders, Thursday, October 19, 8:25 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 8: Chiefs vs. Broncos, Monday, October 30, 8:30 p.m. ET – ESPN
Week 9: Chiefs at Cowboys, Sunday, November 5, 4:25 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 10: Bye Week
Week 11: Chiefs at Giants, Sunday, November 19, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 12: Chiefs vs. Bills, Sunday, November 26, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 13: Chiefs at Jets, Sunday, December 3, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 14: Chiefs vs. Raiders, Sunday, December 10, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 15: Chiefs vs. Chargers, Saturday, December 16, 8:25 p.m. ET – NFL
Week 16: Chiefs vs. Dolphins, Sunday, December 24, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 17: Chiefs at Broncos, Sunday, December 31, 4:25 p.m. ET – CBS
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