Chiefs Vs. Seahawks Predictions – Sunday Night Football Betting Odds
Both the Kansas City Chiefs and the Seattle Seahawks suffered unexpected losses last week, and now they are basically in a must-win situation for their matchup on Sunday Night. Kansas City is already a playoffs team, but the top of the AFC will be at stake. Seattle is still trying to join the playoffs party in the NFC. MyBookie.ag has the Chiefs as a 2.5-point favorite on the road. The betting line opened at 1-point, but it moved a point and a half up after 54% of the betting public sided with Kansas City. I think the line might move another half of a point up and settle at 3. The game total is at 54.5 points. It is the highest of the entire NFL week 16.
Kansas City Chiefs Vs. Seattle Seahawks Predictions
Spread: Chiefs -2.5
Money line: Kansas City -145 vs. Seattle +125
Game total: 54.5
Date: Sunday, December 23, 2018
Game Time: 8:20 PM ET
Venue: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA
What’s the Chiefs’ latest betting form to face the Seahawks?
Kansas City made their life so much harder by losing last week 29-28 at home to the Los Angeles Chargers. A win in that game meant the top of the AFC West division, and most likely the number one seed in the conference would be theirs with two weeks to be played. The Chiefs were up by 14 points with five minutes left to play in their Thursday Night matchup against the Chargers. And then, the Andy Reid effect happened. He blew the game by not playing aggressively. With that kind of an offense, you can’t play scared, and he did.
I hope Reid has learned from his mistake because he needs to be aggressive when they visit CenturyLink Field on Sunday Night. Kansas City might need a ton of points to beat Seattle. It is not that the Seahawks have this crazy scoring offense, but the Chiefs defense struggles to stop the run. Seattle has the best running team in the entire NFL. A loss by the Chiefs in Seattle, combined with a win by the LA Chargers when they host the Baltimore Ravens would mean Kansas City would drop from first place in the AFC to fifth. They would go from hosting all the playoff games at home to having to play as visitors during the entire postseason.
This is a huge game for Kansas City. It would also show a lot of the character from QB Patrick Mahomes. Two of the Chiefs losses this season under Mahomes were on the road and in Primetime games against the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams. Both of those teams are playoffs worthy, just like the Seahawks. Patrick Mahomes threw ten touchdowns combined in those losses along three interceptions. Beyond the interceptions, it’s crazy to think he posted 10 passing scores, and that wasn’t enough for his team to come out as winners.
What’s the Seahawks’ latest betting form to face the Chiefs?
Just like the Chiefs, the Seahawks lost a game that they shouldn’t have, last week. Their 26-23 loss to the 49ers in San Francisco wasn’t in the budget. Especially knowing they had destroyed the Niners 43-16 just two weeks prior. Seattle still holds a spot in the NFC playoffs race, but things could get complicated if they don’t bounce back quickly. The Seahawks basically needs one more win to secure a wildcard seed in the postseason. But if they don’t get it against Kansas City, they will have to host Arizona forced to win that divisional meeting.
Before their surprising loss to the 49ers, Seattle was on a four-game winning streak. It included victories over the Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers, and Minnesota Vikings. Those are all teams that were involved in the playoffs conversation at the time. The Seahawks covered the spread in all of those four wins. I wouldn’t take that much from their loss in San Francisco. They looked like a team that was just sure they were better, and the game slipped away because of mental errors. Seattle still is a team that you don’t want to mess with. The defeat against the 49ers is a wakeup call to not lift the foot out of the gas for the remainder of the season.
Their path to success will be the same, and they have a favorable matchup in that regard against Kansas City. The Seahawks average 154.9 rushing yards per game, and they are the best team in the league running the football. The next best squad, the Baltimore Ravens, averages 13.0 fewer rushing yards per game. Seattle is a pain in the butt for any team that doesn’t have an aggressive defense. They will run all over you if you let them. And I’m afraid the Chiefs defense is in a bad spot here.
The play for the SNF game between Chiefs and Seahawks?
I’ve been backing the Chiefs during the whole season. How could you not to? Falling in love with their offense is easy. But since TMZ broke the Kareem Hunt news, things haven’t been the same for Kansas City. They have had problems putting away teams. Against Oakland, they won by a touchdown against a vastly inferior opponent. Against Baltimore, they could have lost that game, but in the end, Patrick Mahomes made some ridiculous throws to save the day. And last week they let the Chargers get back in the game and ended up losing it. Going on the road against a team like Seattle in a hostile environment without a solid running game is a concern.
The Ravens ran for 194 rushing yards when they faced Kansas City a couple of weeks ago. This is the same recipe the Seahawks will look for on Sunday Night. As long as they run the ball effectively, Mahomes will stay on the sidelines without any chance to do damage. What’s the play? Seahawks +2.5