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The Kansas City Chiefs have been the cream of the AFC West crop each of the last three seasons. Linemakers at online sportsbooks currently have Andy Reid’s troops installed -176 favorites to secure a fourth straight division title in 2019-20. On top of that, Patrick Mahomes and company have supplanted the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots as the odds on +700 favorites to hoist the Lombardi Trophy come the conclusion of Super Bowl LIV in Miami Gardens, FL. For that to occur, the team will have to deal with some big losses on the defensive side of the ball along with the possible suspension of stud wide receiver Tyreek Hill whose campaign is still in question as the child abuse case still unfolds. Making matters even tougher is the fact that a first place schedule must be played.
If ever there was a quarterback that could defy the odds and still lead his team to the Promised Land against all odds, it’s the uber-talented Mahomes. The dude just went off for over 5,000 passing yards and tossed 50 touchdowns en route to landing himself the 2018-19 Offensive Player of the Year Award. The benefactors of his excelled skillset include Sammy Watkins, Demarcus Hardman and newcomer Mecole Hardman. Lest we forget, Travis Kelce is now the supreme tight end in all of professional football! Damien Williams did a tremendous job replacing Kareem Hunt in the backfield last season, but it remains to be seen as to whether he can shoulder the load of a full 16-game schedule. Still, Carlos Hyde should prove to be more than an ample backup and takeover in full if need be. This offense is likely to still be electric, but will sorely miss Hill’s game changing deep-strike abilities.
Dee Ford’s offside penalty against New England no doubt cost the Chiefs a trip to the Super Bowl, but that doesn’t make up for the fact that he was one of KC’s integral pieces of the defense. His 13.0 sacks won’t be replaced! Even when in the mix, the Chiefs stop unit was one of the worst in the league with it giving up better than 405.0 yards per game (No. 31) and over 26.0 points per game (No. 24). Chris Jones and his 15.5 sacks is now the main enforcer up front, but it won’t amount too much if the secondary continues to get ripped for better than 270.0 yards per game. Reinforcements were brought in via the NFL draft and free agency to plug up some holes on the defensive side of the ball, but it remains to be seen of they’ll be enough for Kansas City to live up to its lofty preseason expectations.
The Chiefs just experienced one heck of a ride last season, and because of it are now being taken seriously as bonafide Super Bowl contenders. The betting markets don’t seem to be buying in however with heavy juice currently attached to their 10.5-game season win total odds at top rated sportsbooks. Regardless, you can expect to see Mahomes and his mates laying heavy chalk in a bulk of their games. With that, Kansas City will no doubt rate out as one of the season’s biggest liabilities for sportsbooks around the world on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis.