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The Kansas City Chiefs are coming off their first loss of the season looking to get back on track. The Chiefs are set to host the upstart Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday night, which could be a highly entertaining Week 7 tilt.
Bengals hoping to bounce back against Chiefs
It has been a reasonably strong start to the season for the Bengals being tied atop of the AFC North through six weeks after winning four out of their first six games played. It has been a balanced-effort from Cincinnati that has pushed them to this point with their all-around play offensively that has seen him boast one of the more balanced teams in the NFL. Quarterback Andy Dalton is off to a solid start passing for 1,674 yards on 65.1 percent completion rate along with being fourth in the league with 14 touchdown passes. He has had solid play through the first several games that have seen him rack up multiple touchdown passes all but once this season and hold a quarterback rating above 100 three times. Meanwhile, star wide receiver A.J. Green has been his usual self, recording 33 catches for 496 receiving yards and five touchdowns.
“We continue to fight for each other.” #PITvsCIN
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— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) October 14, 2018
Third-year wideout Tyler Boyd has stepped up becoming a legitimate No.2 option behind Green with a team-best 37 receptions for 455 receiving yards and four touchdowns. This includes a pair of 100 receiving yard performances and three games with at least a touchdown. Second-year running bacl Joe Mixon has provided solid play when on the field as he has notched more than 60 rushing yards in each of his first four games played this year while recording a touchdown all but once. However, their issues have laid with their defense ranking 28th against the pass while giving up 11 touchdown passes. These problems were prevalent in the 28-21 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers that saw quarterback Ben Roethlisberger throw for 369 yards with both wide receivers Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster each topped 100 receiving yards. If the Bengals hope to have a chance against the Chiefs, it will require them to buckle down in the secondary because this could get quickly out of hand for them if they don’t do that.
Mahomes eyeing to get Chiefs back on track
The Kansas City Chiefs have been off to a blazing start to the 2018 season behind their potent offensive attack led by second-year quarterback Patrick Mahomes. The former first-round pick has led the arguably the league’s most unit with him ranking fifth with 1,865 passing yards along with being first with 18 touchdown passes and fifth with a 112.2 passer rating. Mahomes has quickly proven to be the real deal under center in his first full season as the starter as he has taken the Chiefs offense to the next level while utilizing the Pro Bowl level talent around him in wide receivers Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins along with running back Kareem Hunt, and tight end Travis Kelce. It has been the perfect blend of arm talent and receivers around him that has allowed for Kansas City to possess one of the most dangerous offensive teams in the NFL.
Mahomes had faced his toughest test of the year against the Patriots on Sunday night that saw him struggle early on to find his groove with two interceptions, but the second half saw him pick up things in a big way as he finished with four touchdown passes and 352 passing yards while nearly leading his team back for a huge road win falling just short 43-40. Hill has been a major part of that with 34 catches for 567 receiving yards and tied for the league lead with six touchdowns. This saw him notch seven catches for 142 receiving yards and three touchdowns. All of this helped give them the second-best mark with 35.8 points per game and seventh with 306.5 passing yards per game. There could be plenty of offensive fireworks on Sunday afternoon with a prime matchup against the Bengals, who rank 28th against the pass in what could become yet another high-scoring affair with Mahomes yet again leading the charge.
- Chiefs are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games in October.
- Chiefs are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
- Chiefs are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games.
- Bengals are 6-12 SU in its last 18 games on the road
- Bengals are 3-6 SU in its last nine games when playing on the road against Kansas City
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Chiefs’ explosive offense led by rising start running back Patrick Mahomes has shown to be a huge problem for each defense that he faces. This should continue to remain the same with his team looking to rebound off a disappointing loss despite scoring 40 points. It could set the table for yet another high-scoring affair with Kansas City getting the upper hand with Mahomes putting together yet another huge outing.
Prediction: Kansas City -6
Full-Game Total Pick
This is a contest that features two of the league’s most potent offensive teams. The Chiefs have seemingly proven to be too difficult to stop with every team that has faced struggled to keep them off the board. Meanwhile, the Bengals have the benefit of going up against the worst defense in the league that has had a plethora of issues against the pass this season. It also helps that the over is 4-0 in Bengals’ last four road games.
Prediction: Over 58.5