Following their impressive 31-13 victory over the Arizona Cardinals, the Kansas City Chiefs will head out on the road this weekend to Seattle as favorites… barely.
The Chiefs are currently favored over the Seahawks by 1 point.
Seattle has lost 3 of their last 4, but are 3-1 at Qwest Field which is known to be one of the best home field advantages in the league. Their only loss of the season was a 41-7 blowout to the New York Giants three weeks ago. Even during last year’s lost 5-11 season the Seahawks were 4-4 at home.
The Chiefs, meanwhile, have yet to prove they can win on the road under Todd Haley. They have been a perfect 5-0 at Arrowhead Stadium this season but just 1-4 on the road.
Last week Kansas City found themselves as 7.5 point favorites, a number that clearly ended up not being nearly big enough. This time around the line of 1 can be considered a PK (and some outlets have it listed as such) and will simply come down to if you have more faith in the Seahawks continued success at home or the Chiefs ability to finally win on the road.
Just as it has been all season, the Chiefs game plan will revolve around Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles running the ball. Unlike most recent opponents, the Seahawks are in the top half of the league against the run but are third from the bottom against the pass. It will be interesting to see if Haley and offensive coordinator Charlie Weis look to ride the hot hands of Matt Cassel and Dwayne Bowe.
Kansas City looked awfully impressive in their complete effort against the Cardinals and the NFC West is the weakest division in the league (glass houses, I know) but I still have major doubts about the Chiefs winning in such a hostile environment.