At least the Kansas City Chiefs don’t have to worry about finishing the season undefeated. They became the last team to lose a game, falling to their nemesis Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers, but still maintained their cushion in the AFC West thanks to losses from Denver and Oakland. KC has a chance to widen its lead over the Raiders when the Chiefs put a five-game winning streak against them on the line in a Week 7 Thursday night matchup.
The Chiefs’ high-powered offense was held in check by the Steelers. They gained just six yards in the first half, totaled one first down and three points. But by the time the fourth quarter rolled around, the Chiefs were in the game with a chance at extending their streak. A fluke play and a sack proved costly in the fourth quarter, but being around with a chance to steal a victory after playing so poorly was a credit to this team.
It would have been hard for the Chiefs to maintain the kind of production they had offensively, especially with starting linemen Mitch Morse and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif sidelined with injuries. The big play that had been a staple of the unit didn’t appear until the fourth quarter Sunday when Alex Smith connected on a long touchdown pass to DeAnthony Thomas. Kareem Hunt had his streak of 100-yard rushing games stopped at four, but he did surpass the 100-yard mark in yards from scrimmage, making him the first rookie to do so.
2017 Record: 5-1
2017 ATS Record: 5-1
2017 Over/Under Total Record: 4-2
Current Super Bowl Odds: +850
Current Odds to Win AFC: +300
Current Odds to Win AFC West: -200
Current NFL Odds: Chiefs -3
Over/Under Total: 47.5
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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