The Kansas City Chiefs opened the season favored over the Buffalo Bills, but could be looking at many more weekends like the one coming up. The Chiefs are currently nine point underdogs to the Detroit Lions.
It’s not often a defending division champion finds themselves nearly double digit dogs the second week of the season, but as we’ve seen so far this year, things are anything but normal around Kansas City. On top of losing one of QB Matt Cassel’s favorite targets, TE Tony Moeaki, to a torn ACL before the season started, the Chiefs then watched as S Eric Berry also went down for the year with a knee injury against the Bills.
On top of the obvious concerns about the health and depth of the team, Kansas City dropped an absolutely stink bomb at Arrowhead Stadium Sunday. They weren’t competitive in any area of the game on their way to an embarrassing 41-7 loss.
Considering the black cloud surrounding the team right now, it wouldn’t shock me to see this line move north of 10 points as people jump on the Lions as a safe pick in their home opener.
A team on the rise, Detroit went on the road last week and beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27-20. Until the final two minutes of the game, the Lions held a 14 point lead over the Bucs — a 10 win team in 2010 — the entire fourth quarter. QB Matthew Stafford looked like a seasoned vet on his way to a 24-33 passing for 305 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.
While the Chiefs battered defense will have to figure out a way to slow down Stafford and All-World WR Calvin Johnson, the offense gets to deal with DT Ndamukong Suh. The mammoth defensive lineman and the rest of the defense held Tamba RB LeGarrette Blount to 15 yards on five carries, not exactly encouraging news for Jamaal Charles as he tries to get started following a 56 yard effort against Buffalo.
There’s always a chance that the Chiefs reclaim the “us against the world” attitude that they embraced so much last season, but that just doesn’t seem like a safe bet right now. If you really feel the need to bet this game and don’t want to take the Lions, you can always go with the over.