Football gambling handicappers are surprised at the start of both teams but especially the Chiefs as they began the 2010 NFL gambling campaign lightly regarded.
Indianapolis opened as an 8.5 point home favorite at Sports-Gambling over Kansas City with an over/under of 44. Kickoff on CBS will be at 1:05 PM Eastern.
The Kansas City Chiefs are coming off a bye week after winning and covering their first 3 games of the season with the football odds. The Chiefs last game was a 31-10 win over the San Francisco 49ers as they easily got the money as 2.5 point home dogs and played their most complete game of the season.
The struggling offense came to life against San Francisco but offense coordinator Charlie Weiss had to have fall bladder surgery after the game. Weiss is expected back for this matchup. Running back Jamaal Charles has been the bulk of the offense as he has rushed for 238 yards.
The defense has shown marked improvement and ranks 2nd in the NFL for points allowed. Quarterback Matt Cassel has a QB rating of 75.4 with a 4/3 touchdown/interception ratio.
The Indianapolis Colts have been inconsistent and suffering from a poor running game and defense that has increased the burden on quarterback Peyton Manning. The Colts are coming off a truly bad loss at Jacksonville last week 31-28 as 7 point road favorites to fall to an overall record of 2-2 both straight up and with the NFL odds.
The Colts have gone over the total in 3 out of 4 games. Thanks to Manning and the 2nd ranked passing attack the Colts rank 2nd in the NFL for scoring although they have no balance with a 29th ranked rush attack.
The defense ranks 24th overall and 29th against the run, which does not bode well against a KC ground attack that is ranked 3rd in the NFL. Manning has been lights out with a QB rating of 112.2 and an 11/1 TD/INT ratio.
The key in this football gambling will be Cassel and the Kansas City offense to continue the improvement shown against the 49ers. Charles brings a much needed balance to the KC attack that matches up well vs. the Colts weakness.