The undefeated Kansas City Chiefs will find themselves in an unusual position Sunday night when they take on the Broncos in Denver. After spending most of the season as favorites, Andy Reid’s squad hits the road as underdogs.
It’s not as if the Chiefs are just getting a few points. They are currently 8.5 point dogs (some books have it as high as 9.5), which is a historic number.
Since 1990, this is the first time a 9-0 or better team has been an underdog, according to RJ Bell. It wasn’t long ago the Chiefs were one of the biggest favorites in the NFL, but of course they weren’t facing Peyton Manning on his home turf.
Being such big underdogs allows Reid to play the “us against the world” card, something that could fall on deaf ears for most teams carrying the best record this late in the season. It also gives us all a chance to make some money betting against Manning.
I certainly have my doubts about Alex Smith and the Kansas City offense being able to score a ton of points, but the way the Chiefs defense has been playing they might not have to. Even if you think Denver will win Sunday night, you have to feel good about getting at least 8.5 points.