Football Betting Odds: Chiefs Visit Bucs With #1 Seed in Mind
The Kansas City Chiefs still have an opportunity to be the #1 playoff seed in the AFC. All it would take is a Pittsburgh Steelers loss and they can gain a tie in the overall standings. Oh, and they also have to keep winning.
They will face a major obstacle on Sunday afternoon when they face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This game is going to kick off at 4:25 PM ET at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
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Chiefs and Bucs in close games last time out
Kansas City had a lot of added motivation last week. Not only had they lost their first meeting with the Las Vegas Raiders, but there was also bulletin board material too. The Raiders came to Arrowhead Stadium and pinned the only loss on the Chiefs. Then they took a victory lap around the ballpark in the team bus.
That got Andy Reid and his players angry.
Still, the Chiefs had all they could handle before putting together a last-minute drive for a 35-31 win.
Meanwhile, the Bucs had a rough time of it against the Los Angeles Rams. They struggled to get things going, and eventually went down to a 27-24 defeat.
Here are the numbers……
In the football betting odds posted on this game by the folks at BetAnySports, the Chiefs are the favorites:
|Chiefs||-3½ (-110)||56 (-106)||-210|
|Buccaneers||+3½ (-110)||56 (-114)||+176|
Brady under fire
Tom Brady had a rough time of it, to say the least, against the Rams. The numbers look like something you might see out of a rookie who’s afraid to make mistakes – 216 yards on 48 attempts. That is slightly over four yards an attempt.
He’s been catching some heat from his coach as well. Bruce Arians is a little different than Bill Belichick, in that he doesn’t mind throwing guys under the bus. So he’s made some remarks about Brady’s inability to throw downfield. Belichick would have more likely had that kind of discussion behind closed doors.
But Arians is right, because Brady has made only two pass completions over 20 yards the last four games. There are receivers on board who were stretching the defense out with Jameis Winston. We’re talking about people like Chris Godwin and Mike Evans. But only Scotty Miller is averaging more than 13 yards a catch. The good news is that Antonio Brown has caught fifteen pases the last three weeks.
Chiefs are explosive
Tampa Bay’s defense is third in the NFL in yards allowed per drive. But even a stop unit as prolific as theirs will have some trouble with Patrick Mahomes. The third-year starter has 27 touchdown passes and only two interceptions. And they started to get Le’Veon Bell into the offense last week. So that’s one more uber-weapon to put into action.
Brady is no way on a deep slide. But unless he shows that he can really get it down the field, Kansas City defensive coordinator Steve Spanguolo will tighten up the coverage.
Mahomes is going to make more big plays than Brady will. And the Chiefs have won nine straight games on the road. This number is not too much to overcome for KANSAS CITY.
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