The Kansas City Chiefs have lost two games in a row, which is something that did not happen at any point last season. Coach Andy Reid was taken to the hospital after last week’s game and has seemingly recovered. The Chiefs have watched their normally reliable team commit brutal late-game mistakes each of the past two weeks. Everything seems out of joint. The Philadelphia Eagles, like the Chiefs, won in Week 1 but then have lost two straight. These teams are both trying to avoid a three-game losing streak in Week 4, so what’s the best option for NFL game betting?
|Game: Chiefs (1-2) at Eagles (1-2)
Location: Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia, PA)
Time: 1 p.m. ET
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The last time these teams met was in 2017. The Chiefs beat the Eagles, 27-20.
Kansas City Chiefs
Next game: vs. Bills
The Chiefs shot themselves in the foot again. In Week 2, the Chiefs fumbled against the Baltimore Ravens when driving down the field for a game-winning touchdown or field goal in the final minutes. In Week 3, the Los Angeles Chargers went for a first down on fourth-and-9 late in the game and the Chiefs committed pass interference to seal the 30-24 win for Los Angeles.
The overall big-picture problem with the Chiefs is that they know Patrick Mahomes is so good that they can sleepwalk for three quarters and then come alive in the fourth. That’s how they won a lot of their games last season. Now, in the past two weeks, the Chiefs have finally paid a price for starting games slowly and not subduing inferior opposition. The Chiefs still have the best quarterback and the best offensive talent in the NFL, but their slow starts have caught up with them. We have to see if this part of the team’s identity begins to change. It needs to.
The Chiefs are 0-3 against the spread and 2-1 in over-unders.
Cornerback Charvarius Ward is probable. Guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is questionable. Center Austin Blythe is questionable. Defensive end Frank Clark is questionable. Cornerback Rashad Fenton is questionable. Linebacker Willie Gay is out.
Next game: at Panthers
The Eagles were torn to shreds by the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football. Reality hit home for a team that was overmatched by the Cowboys’ clear advantage at the skill positions. The Eagles banked on making Jalen Hurts the team’s starting quarterback, but we have to remember that Hurts was a second-round pick taken outside the top 50 for a reason.
Hurts is, frankly, a good backup NFL quarterback. He’s the guy a team can bring in off the bench for relief work, or as a change-of-pace quarterback who runs the ball. The comparison which always made sense for Hurts was Taysom Hill, whom Sean Payton has used well as a backup and pinch-hitter quarterback in New Orleans with the Saints. That is what Hurts’ NFL career could and still should look like. Instead, the Eagles want him to be a regular starting quarterback, and unless all the other pieces are in place, that’s not going to work.
The Eagles don’t have the elite offensive line that can support a young running quarterback such as Hurts. They don’t have the elite wide receivers or running back who can strike fear into opposing defenses. They simply don’t have the pieces which are likely to make opposing defenses struggle. That was apparent in a lopsided loss to the Cowboys, who have the big-time weapons Philadelphia plainly lacks.
The Eagles are 1-2 against the spread and 1-2 in over-unders.
The Eagles are banged up but the key issues are that offensive lineman Landon Dickerson is questionable as is defensive tackle Fletcher Cox. With Guard Brandon Brooks and Defensive end Brandon Graham already out, this team can’t afford to lose more off their lines.
Betting on the Game
Taking the Chiefs with the moneyline is a strong play if you betonline. Simply ask yourself: are the Chiefs really going to lose three in a low, with their third loss coming against an NFC East team? It’s unlikely. The moneyline is solid and reliable for the Chiefs here.
The point spread of seven is worth going with the Chiefs for your NFL predictions. Kansas City has seen how its lazy starts and uneven play will crush this team. The bad habits cultivated over the past year have finally come home to roost. You know that the Chiefs will make it a point of emphasis to get on top of their opponent and bash it into the ground, instead of playing down to the level of competition for three quarters. The Chiefs should be able to win this game authoritatively and finally get a win against the spread this year.
The 54 number seems vulnerable to an over. The Chiefs have an elite offense and a bad defense. The Eagles might not stay close, but they can score garbage touchdowns in the fourth quarter to push the total over the number.