As the collective media wonders what’s wrong with the Chiefs (2-3 SU, 1-4 ATS), Patrick Mahomes and company face the Washington Football Team (2-3 SU, 1-4 ATS) at FedExField in Week 6. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m. ET Sunday on CBS.
Sportsbooks expect Kansas City to get back on track against Washington, with FanDuel, DraftKings, and BetRivers offering Chiefs -6.5. BetMGM is an important half-point higher, dealing +7 for Football Team bettors as of Thursday.
FanDuel offers the best moneyline odds for the Chiefs at -278, while BetMGM gives the best underdog odds at Washington +250.
Plenty Of Points
In the 54.5 to 55 range, this matchup ranks as the highest total of Week 6, which makes sense as both squads have struggled defensively this season. OVER is 4-1 for both teams this season, including four in a row for the Football Team. Kansas City (32.6) and Washington (31.0) have combined to allow 63.6 points per game. They rank as the two worst defenses in the NFL when it comes to points allowed.
After their 38-20 loss to Buffalo last Sunday night, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said of the team’s defensive showing, “They’re embarrassed by it. We have to do better.”
Offense hasn’t been the problem for Kansas City, as the Chiefs average 30.8 points a game. Combined with their opponent, K.C. totals have surpassed 55 in all but one of their matchups this year.
The lack of defense makes the DraftKings prop of “Offensive score on 1st drive of the game” an appealing one, with YES priced as the underdog at +120 odds (NO -150).
For Washington, the difficulties have come on both sides of the ball. As head coach Ron Rivera told reporters, “I think we lack a little bit of confidence right now. I’m very frustrated. We have too many good football players. Your record tells everybody what you are. We’re a 2-3 football team.”
History suggests Washington isn’t likely to fix that frustration this week, as the franchise owns a 1-9 all-time record against Kansas City. Washington also is 0-3 against the spread at home this season but was favored in two of those games and a short 2.5-point dog in last week’s 33-22 loss to the Saints.
Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire left last week’s game with a left knee injury. He was placed on the IR after tallying back-to-back 100-yard rushing games previous to this past weekend’s game. His absence could push Kansas City to throw even more in his absence. Travis Kelce is expected to play after taking a big hit against the Bills.