The Kansas City Chiefs will play host to the Houston Texans on Sunday afternoon at Arrowhead Stadium in what is turning out to be a familiar position: favorites.
For the sixth time in seven weeks, the Chiefs are favored by oddsmakers, but somehow not by as much as they were against the Oakland Raiders.
Sure, the Texans have much more talent than the Chiefs AFC West rivals, but they are also starting a second-year quarterback that has never seen action in a regular season NFL game. So the seven points being given to Houston right now seems like a low number.
Once the news of Case Keenum’s start broke, I thought the line might jump up closer to double digits. Beyond the 8.5 points the Chiefs were favored over the Oakland Raiders last weekend. But so far it’s holding strong at a touchdown and isn’t looking like it’ll move before kickoff.
The only reason the Chiefs don’t have go give more points is because of the top flight defense Houston will be bringing to Kansas City to face what’s been a mostly pedestrian offense. But they’ll also bring a four-game losing streak and the second-worst turnover differential (-12) in the league.
If the line doesn’t move, and at this point it doesn’t look like it will, Kansas City seems like as good a bet as any this weekend.