The Kansas City Chiefs will open the regular season on Sunday with plenty of questions still left to be answered on both sides of the ball, but not enough to sway oddsmakers in Las Vegas. They are currently favored over former Kansas City offensive coordinator Chan Gailey and the Buffalo Bills.
The Chiefs find themselves favored by 5.5 points, though the status of QB Matt Cassel was enough to pull the score off of a couple boards early in the week, including Bodog.
On paper it would seem like the defending AFC West Champion Chiefs are the easy pick over the rebuilding 4-12 Bills, but as the old cliche goes: They don’t play the games on paper.
Cassel reportedly has a cracked rib suffered in the preseason finale against the Green Bay Packers that shouldn’t prevent him from playing on Sunday. Though even if he plays there’s no way to know how much, if at all, it will limit his ability to get the ball out quickly and accurately. Being without one of his favorite targets in TE Tony Moeaki doesn’t help matters either.
Luckily for the Chiefs and their offense, they were able to put up 274 yards rushing against the Bills last season, including 177 from Jamaal Charles. And like last season, the Chiefs will have the home field advantage at Arrowhead Stadium.
After a preseason in which Charles and the rest of the Kansas City offense couldn’t get going, it’s a good bet they can start the regular season off on the right foot. That means cracked rib or not for Cassel, you should feel confident taking the Chiefs this weekend all the way up to seven points.