Can Chiefs Get First Back-to-Back Win of the Season?

Posted by: Charlie Smith
kansas city chiefs vs. New Orleans Saints Week 7 Analysis

The New Orleans Saints will attempt to make it three wins in a row when they visit the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday, October 23rd. The following are the online NFL betting odds for that particular match-up:

NO Saints +7 (-120) 50½ (-115)
KC Chiefs -7 (EV) 50½ (-105)

The Saints (2-3) took advantage of a Super Bowl-hung-over Carolina Panthers last Sunday to pick up a close 41-38 win at home. New Orleans QB Drew Brees surpassed Peyton Manning for most all time regular season 400-yard games, throwing 34 of 49 for 465 yards with four TDs and one interception. The last of those TD passes was originally deemed incomplete, but Saints head coach Sean Payton challenge the call and the officials ruled that tight end Josh ‘King of the’ Hill had possession long enough for a completion. And to warrant intervention from the Vatican. In the end, it all came down to a 52-yard field goal by kicker Will Lutz with 11 seconds remaining on the clock that gave New Orleans the hard fought victory. On the defensive side of things, CB Sterling Moore intercepted the returning Cam Newton.

The Chiefs (3-2) seemingly put their bye week to good use and bounced back from a blowout against the Pittsburgh Steelers with a 26-10 win over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. QB Alex Smith did not produce TDs, but Kansas’ running game had a field day with the Raiders’ flimsy defense.  Spencer Ware rushed for a career-best 131 yards and scored a touchdown, which was set up by Marcus Peters’s interception of Derek Carr – one of two Carr TOs forced by the Chiefs, the other one being a fumble forced by Dee Ford. Jamaal Charles and Dontari Poe also ran for TDs.

The Saints offense is among the best in the league, but their running game and defense are their undoing, online NFL betting-wise. New Orleans ranks second in points (31.0) and total yards (413.4), and first in passing yards (335.4) per game, but 29th in rushing yards (78.0) per game. Moreover, the Saints are allowing 33.6 points and 419.4 total yards (301.6 in passing and 117.8 in rushing) per game. That and the fact that the game will take place at Arrowhead Stadium is part of what makes the Chiefs online NFL betting favorites at football betting sites.

New Orleans had the second worst defense in the league entering week 6, only slightly less bad than the Raiders’. The Chiefs dissected Oakland’s defense, gaining 406 total yards, and they didn’t even score passing TDs. The Saints do have something else going for them, though, and it’s the fact that Kansas City has not been able to put away NFC teams. The Chiefs were 1-3 straight-up and against the spread when playing NFC teams in 2015. New Orleans is 6-3 against the spread as a road underdog since the start of 2015. The Chiefs will most likely push the ovoid down the field on the Saints defense.