The Kansas City Chiefs and the Washington Football Team will face in Week 6. It's time to continue our NFL odds series and make a Chiefs-Washington prediction and pick based on Chiefs Washington odds.
No one expected Kansas City to start off the season with a 2-3 record but here we are. The Chiefs are last in the AFC West and have suffered through a couple of heartbreaking losses. This game is the perfect chance to get back on track, as the Washington Football Team hasn't been playing lights-out football over the last few weeks. Head coach Ron Rivera's squad needed a last-second comeback to beat the Atlanta Falcons and then proceeded to get smoked by the New Orleans Saints in Week 5. A win here for Washington would be a huge surprise and would force the league to consider them the second-best team in the NFC East.
Here's how the bookmakers have set the lines for Sunday's matchup.
NFL Odds: Chiefs-Washington Odds
Kansas City Chiefs -7 (-111)
Washington Football Team +7 (-109)
Over 55 1/2 points (-110)
Under 55 1/2 points (-110)
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Why The Chiefs Could Cover The Spread
Kansas City has been almost entirely reliant on their offense throughout the season, and this game will be no different. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes is going through a little bit of a rough patch, but he's still the best signal-caller in all of football. Wide receiver Tyreek Hill and tight end Travis Kelce should combine to shred a Washington pass defense that has allowed 8 receiving touchdowns and over 500 passing yards in the last two games alone. The Football Team's vaunted defense has been obliterated by almost every single offense they have faced this year, and now they face one of the best units in the NFL. Kansas City should hang 30 here pretty easily.
One of the strongest parts of Washington's team is their offensive line. However, that unit has been ravaged by injury this season, and that probably won't change as the Football team heads into this matchup. Star right guard Brandon Scherff will be questionable for this matchup along with starting right tackle Samuel Cosmi. If both of those players miss this game, Kansas City's chances of covering dramatically improve. This is part of the calculus in the Chiefs Washington odds.
Why Washington Could Cover The Spread
While the Chiefs have an undeniably explosive offense, their defense has been absolutely horrendous. They've given up 29 or more points in every single game this year while ranking as the fifth-worst pass defense in the entire league. Kansas City's secondary has allowed nine touchdown passes in the last three games, and the defensive line has generated a sack rate of only 1.4 sacks per game, good for dead last in the league. It looks like anyone in the NFL can score on this defense, and Washington is no exception. Keep this in mind when making a Chiefs Washington pick.
As unexpected as it might be, the Football Team has been pretty solid on offense. Backup quarterback Taylor Heinicke has been delivering solid performance after solid performance, and wide receiver Terry McLaurin looks like a top-10 pass-catcher in the NFL. The running game will certainly come into play against a Chiefs team that allows 5.2 yards per carry to their opponents. Washington already proved they can beat up bad defenses when they posted 34 points against the Atlanta Falcons. We should be in store for a similar performance here, if you're interested in making a Chiefs Washington prediction.
Final Chiefs-Washington Prediction & Pick
This is a pretty straightforward pick. The Chiefs are getting a touchdown against a team that isn't nearly as good as they are. It's true that Kansas City has struggled lately, but they should put all of that behind them here. Washington is completely overmatched, and it will show in this one.
FINAL PICK: Kansas City Chiefs -7 (-111)