NFL odds handicappers continue to gain respect for the Kansas City Chiefs as they are a surprise first place team in the AFC West with the NFL lines.
The Kansas City Chiefs will host the Denver Broncos on Sunday in the renewal of one of the oldest and most intense rivalries in pro football that dates all the way back to the American Football League. Kickoff is set for noon ET and the game will be telecast on CBS. Sports-Gambling opened with Kansas City as a 7.5 point favorite.
The Denver Broncos have a record of 3-8 both straight up and with the NFL gambling odds. Denver is in last place in the AFC West and has gone over the total in 8 of 11 games. The Broncos are coming off a 36-33 home loss against St. Louis and have dropped 6 of their last 7 games.
Denver’s defense is among the worst in the NFL as it ranks dead last for points allowed. The loss of defensive coordinator Mike Nolan to Miami has proven to be significant as McDaniels has proven to rub key personnel the wrong way in his short tenure as coach.
Denver’s passing attack continues to be its key strength as Kyle Orton has a 96.0 QB rating with a 20/6 TD/INT ratio. The ground game has offered little support and ranks next to last in the NFL.
The Kansas City Chiefs have a record of 7-4 both straight up and with the NFL betting lines with 6 of their games going over the total. The Chiefs lead the AFC West by one game over the surging San Diego Chargers.
Kansas City is coming off an impressive 42-24 payout at Seattle for their 2nd consecutive win. The Chiefs rank 4th in the NFL for scoring and are the top ranked rushing team in the league led by Jamaal Charles and his 1021 yards.
The defense has also shown dramatic improvement and ranks 13th for points allowed. QB Matt Cassel continues to climb as he now has a 99.7 rating with a stellar 22/4 TD/INT ratio.
Denver scored a 49-29 payout with the NFL odds over Kansas City 3 weeks ago as Chiefs coach Todd Haley refused to shake hands with McDaniels afterwards in a fit of anger.