The Kansas City Chiefs (10-4) have already locked the AFC West for the fourth season. The Chiefs were one of the first teams to lock up a playoff spot, as no other team in their division will finish with a record above .500, but these Chiefs are looking for something more. They know the value of the advantage of the race at home and have the opportunity to grab the seed of no. 2 in the AFC, if they end up tied with the New England Patriots.
That’s why it’s almost a favorite touchdown according to NFL betting odds at Soldier Field vs. Chicago Bears (7-7) on “Football Sunday Night”. Chicago was ruled out of the suspicious race after losing to Green Bay last week and the Bears were one of the NFL’s most underrated teams this season. Only one team has won a record (Minnesota), and this offense has scored more than 30 points only twice a year.
Here are all bets to bet on Bears vs. Chiefs in Week 16, including updates, trends and our forecast for “Football Sunday Night”.
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Qualifiers against ‘Sunday Football’ bears
- Kansas City coaches -6 at Chicago Bears, O / U 44.5
Money has been pouring into the city of Kansas since it opened this line last Sunday night. Kansas City was initially favored by 4.5 points in the NFL betting line, but that figure was late in the week.
The sum started at 45 and dropped to 43.5 in the middle of the week before rising to 44.5 when it became clear that weather would not be an issue in Windy City.
Leaders against bears of all time
These two teams have met only 12 times in their history, and Chicago leads the all-time series 7-5. The Chiefs and Chiefs have been changing victories for the last 32 years, though, and this has been favoring the Chiefs since the Bears won the last time these teams met.
Three trends we need to know
– Kansas City is the most popular choice of the week, with 74% of bets in this game supporting the Chiefs.
– The Chiefs are 20-8-1 ATS in their last 29 games.
– Chicago is 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 away games at home.
Three things to look out for
Can Kansas City run the ball?
Chicago has the fourth best defense in the NFL. The Bears are giving up just 3.8 YPC, which is not a good conclusion for a Chiefs offense struggling to run the ball in 2019. LeSean McCoy was Kansas City’s best pick with an average of 4.6 YPC, but Damien Williams and Darrel Williams have struggled to move the chains. The confusing character was also a major problem with the four top Kansas City players combining to throw the ball five times at 259.
Mitch Trubisky had a great season. He has a very decent turnover last month, throwing seven interceptions in Chicago’s last five games and his accuracy issues have led the Bears to the bottom ten in the most offensive categories. Trubisky faced particularly bad wins against record-breaking teams and was violent in close matches with five touchdowns and six touchdowns in one loss in 2019.
Kansas City claimed Terrell Suggs was fired this week and T Sizzle is expected to play right next to Frank Clark. The future Hall of Famer is familiar with the draft of Steve Spagnuolo’s defensive coordinator, so he will look to make an impact against the bears. Suggs played only nine games with Arizona before being released, but forced four fumbles and posted 5.5 sacks.
Player to watch
The Chiefs have won four in a row, but Patrick Mahomes was not impressive in those wins except what we saw last week against Denver. Mahomes has probably posted pedestrian numbers against Oakland and the Los Angeles Chargers, and has surpassed the past three in his last four games. He threw only one pick in his first eight games, and this is the version of Mahomes that Kansas City needs on Sunday.
Leader against the prediction of bears
Chicago is going to play in the last game of the season. The Bears have won three straight home games and will scare the Chiefs before some late Mahomes magic gives Kansas City the win.
Head 27, Bears 23