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Chiefs Shock and Awe in Week 1, Open Week 2 as Sizable Faves

Coming off a monumental victory and upset over the New England Patriots as 8-point underdogs, the Kansas City Chiefs could be for real. They’ll host Andy Reid’s old team this Sunday when the Eagles come to town looking to build off a 1-0 start of their own.

SHARK BITES
  • The Eagles are 1-7 SU and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games on the road.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of the Chiefs’ last 8 games as home favorites.
  • The Eagles are 0-5 SU and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as road underdogs.

The Chiefs, 4-1 straight up in their last five games against the NFC, will be installed as the betting favorite this weekend with their quarterback Alex Smith coming off a career day – maybe a little competition is exactly what he needed. The former first overall pick had drawn criticism the last few seasons for his apprehension to throw the ball down the field but after a 28-for-35 opening-night performance in which he threw for 368 yards and four touchdowns against the defending Super Bowl champs, that noise seems to have quieted.

He and the Chiefs will face a much better pass defense in Week 2, though, and they probably won’t be putting up another 40 spot.

The Eagles had the second-best pass defense last year, according to the Football Outsiders, and after limiting Kirk Cousins and the stacked aerial attack of the Redskins to just 200 yards, you can expect them to be good again in 2017.

One of the biggest factors for the Eagles this season in whether they’ll challenge for a playoff spot is the play of quarterback Carson Wentz and if he performs like he did in Week 1, Philly is bound for the postseason. He threw for over 300 yards against the Washington professional football team after tailing off big time at the end of last season and faces a huge test when he takes on the ball-hawking Kansas City defense.

While losing a player like Eric Berry is never good, the Chiefs looked just fine after he was carted off the field in the opener and they should be able to keep Wentz somewhat under wraps after making the best quarterback in the NFL look mediocre.

Andy Reid, who was the head coach of the Eagles from 1999 to 2013, has played his former team just once since leaving for K.C. and he came away with a 10-point victory against Philly in the third of what would go on to be a nine-game winning streak. Reid put on a coaching clinic in Week 1 against the Patriots and I, for one, cannot wait to see what he has up his sleeves for this Sunday’s matchup.

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Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Oddsmakers at Bovada had the Kansas City Chiefs as 4-point favorites in the game, while the betting total was sitting at 47.5.

A 24-18 result in favor of the Chiefs was the prediction by the OddsShark handicapping pick engine earlier this week. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NFL matchups here.

Philadelphia Eagles vs Kansas City Chiefs Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Kansas City Chiefs sit at 1-0 (1-0 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Philadelphia Eagles are currently 1-0 (1-0 ATS). Looking to bet on the totals? Kansas City is 1-0 OU, and Philadelphia is 0-1 OU. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Kansas City vs Philadelphia injuries news.

The Power Rankings at OddsShark have the No. 21-rated Philadelphia Eagles taking on the No. 3-rated Kansas City Chiefs in this betting contest.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Carson Wentz led the way last time out for the Eagles, connecting for 307 passing yards and a 30-17 victory over the Redskins at FedExField.

Kansas City comes off a game where it received a 4-TD performance from Alex Smith in defeating the Patriots 42-27.

Betting Trends
  • Philadelphia is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 6 games
  • Philadelphia is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
  • Philadelphia is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games on the road
  • Kansas City is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Kansas City is 11-3 SU in its last 14 games
  • Kansas City is 3-9 ATS in its last 12 games at home
  • Kansas City is 12-3 SU in its last 15 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Philadelphia home to New York, Sunday, September 24
Kansas City at Los Angeles, Sunday, September 24

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