Cincinnati Bengals Vs. Kansas City Chiefs – Sunday Night Football Betting Odds & Predictions
After heartbreaking losses last week, the Cincinnati Bengals and the Kansas City Chiefs look to bounce when they meet on Sunday Night Football in the NFL week 7. Two of the best offenses in the league are ready to give us another thrilling football matchup, this time at the Arrowhead Stadium, in Kansas City, Missouri.
The Chiefs are currently a 6-point favorite at Sportsbetting.ag. There hasn’t been any movement since the betting line opened. The betting public, however, is taking advantage of the number as 66% is taking Kansas City to cover the spread. The game total opened at 58.5 points but is currently at 59.5. Our odds below are from SportsBetting.ag Sportsbook. Deposit today for a 50% Welcome Bonus up to $1000.
Cincinnati Bengals Vs. Kansas City Chiefs Predictions
Spread: Chiefs -6
Money line: Cincinnati (+205) vs. Kansas City (-245)
Game Total: 58
Date: Sunday, October 21, 2018
Game Time: 8:20 PM ET
Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO
What’s the latest Bengals betting form to face the Chiefs?
The Bengals still are on top of the AFC North division despite their 28-21 home loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers last week. But the Baltimore Ravens (4-2) and the Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2-1) are getting a lot closer. Cincinnati failed to cover the spread as a 1.5-point favorite against Pittsburgh. Their loss cut a two-game winning streak they had after wins over Miami and Atlanta. For this week, the roster is a little bang-up, especially on the offensive side. QB Andy Dalton (back) is a surprise addition to the injury list. WR John Ross (groin). RB Giovani Bernard (knee/toe), TE Tyler Kroft (foot), and C Billy Price (foot) did not practice on Wednesday. On defense, Carlos Dunlap (buttock) and Vincent Rey (hamstring) were limited.
The Bengals have enough firepower to stay in the game against Kansas City at least for a while. They average 29.0 points per game (6th), mostly leaning on the Andy Dalton-AJ Green connection. Dalton has thrown 14 touchdowns this season, the fourth most in the NFL during 2018. The issue here is the leader in that department is on the other side as Patrick Mahomes has thrown 18 TDs. Knowing that Kansas City will move the ball around while scoring lots of points, Dalton and the offense will be forced to keep up. The Bengals defense allows 26.3 points per game and is not good enough to stop the Chiefs on a regular basis. Cincinnati has won five of their last six meeting against Kansas City. But the Chiefs have won six of the previous nine when those games are at Arrowhead Stadium.
What’s the latest Chiefs betting form to face the Bengals?
In spite of the loss against the New England Patriots 43-40 last week, the Chiefs left Gillette Stadium feeling great about themselves. They put the Pats on their heels. They could have won the game if they hadn’t left so many points on the table in the first half. Kansas City covered the spread as a 3.5-point dog last week. They have been a winning bet during the entire six weeks of the season. The Chiefs offense is the second-best in the NFL averaging 35.8 points per game (2nd). They have done it with balance, putting together the 7th best passing offense and the 13th best running unit after six games. They have a great matchup this week facing a Bengals defense that’s 29th in the NFL, giving up 409.2 yards per game.
The Bengals defense has faced teams like the Colts, Ravens, Panthers, Falcons, Dolphins, and Steelers. Other than Atlanta, none of the other offense is clicking at the same pace and level of the Chiefs. Cincinnati is just in an awful spot this week. If the Bengals want to have any shot at winning this game they need to confuse young QB Pat Mahomes. The second-year QB has been picked off four times in the last two games. Both the Jacksonville Jaguars and the New England Patriots tried to confuse him with different coverages. The one problem is I don’t think the Bengals have the personnel and the schemes to do something similar. The Chiefs defense ranks dead last in total defense, allowing a terrible 468.2 yards per game. Yet, when they play at home, they do a much better job. The unit has recorded four interceptions and nine sacks in two home games this season.
The play for the SNF game between Bengals and Chiefs?
The head to head form favors the Bengals by a mile, but the momentum entering this game suggests otherwise. Cincinnati doesn’t have the type of defense that can stop the Chiefs offense as New England did in the first half a week ago. Even with the Patriots somehow containing Mahomes and rest of the group for one half, they ended up giving up 40 points. That’s how insanely powerful the Kansas City offense is. I can see the Bengals trying to match the Chiefs score by score like they did when they beat the Falcons 37-36 in week 4, during a thrilling affair. However, history has taught us not to trust Andy Dalton in big games and especially on Primetime games.
Dalton has struggled on the road this season, posting seven touchdown passes and six interceptions in three outings. His passer rating of 91.5 is not impressive considering the league has done everything they can to boost those numbers for the offenses. If we are heading into a high-scoring showdown, which I think we are, it’s crazy to go against Kansas City, especially when playing at home. Yes, the Chiefs defense will make Dalton looks like a top-5 quarterback, but we have been here before. The ‘Red Rifle’ always finds a way to disappoint us in the end, which means a late interception is coming his way. Let’s just ride the hot team at home without any hesitation. Let’s grab the Chiefs to win by at least a touchdown.