The Kansas City Chiefs have found themselves as underdogs for most of the 2011 NFL season and Sunday’s matchup against the Chicago Bears is no different.
Despite facing Bears backup QB Caleb Hanie and likely improving their own play under center thanks to the Kansas City debut of Kyle Orton, oddsmakers still have the Bears as 7.5 point favorites over the Chiefs.
Believe it or not, the Chiefs were actually favored three weeks ago over Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos before finding themselves as heavy underdogs the last two games against the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers. The line this week would no doubt be much larger if Hanie wasn’t filling in for the injured Jay Cutler.
After seeing yet another pathetic offensive performance by the Chiefs you likely have no confidence putting your money on them no matter the spread. But considering how well the defense played last week, there’s no reason to believe we won’t see another
With the lack of any sort of offensive consistency from the Chiefs, it’s hard to feel too comfortable taking them no matter the points. However, considering the defense was so good last week against the Steelers there is no reason to think we won’t see another close game on Sunday.
The Bears defense has been amazing against the run this season, but vulnerable in the air, something the Chiefs should be able to take advantage of with former Chicago quarterback lining up as Kansas City’s signal caller. Take away any of Tyler Palko’s terrible interceptions last week and the Chiefs likely would have beaten a defense much better than the one the Bears put on the field.
Don’t throw the ball to the other team and let the defense pick up where they left off last week. That’s enough for me to take the Chiefs… unless of course Palko somehow ends holding onto the starting gig. If he does, then you shouldn’t feel comfortable with any number taking Kansas City and know the 2011 season is officially over.