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Lions-Chiefs a Matchup of Bad Bets

Kansas City Chiefs Travis Kelce

A pair of teams that have been dropping games on the field and hurting the pockets of their bettors square off Sunday when the Detroit Lions and Kansas City Chiefs travel to England for a matchup at Wembley Stadium Sunday. Detroit (1-6 SU) has only covered the spread once so far this year, while Kansas City (2-5 SU) is just 2-5 ATS.

Shark Bites
  • The Lions haven’t won as underdogs in November since 2006.
  • The Lions are 1-5 ATS in their last six games against the Chiefs.
  • The Chiefs are 3-7 SU and ATS in their last 10 games as home favorites in November.

Both teams have been lackluster on offense and defense as the Lions rank 20th in total offense and 27th in defense, while KC is 21st in offense and 20th in defense. The 2015 season has marked a significant drop off for both teams that had winning records last year, but a win on Sunday could go a long way to lift their spirits in the middle of the year.

This is the second year in a row that the Lions will play in London. Last season they beat the Falcons 22-21. The Chiefs have never played in London.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Bettors who were going with the Kansas City Chiefs in this one found them listed as -3-point favorites on the betting line at Bovada. Fans betting on totals have seen that number set earlier in the week at 47, but as of Friday the line was at 45.

Odds Shark computer prediction formulas pick a 25-23 win for the Chiefs on Sunday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NFL matchups here.

Detroit Lions vs Kansas City Chiefs Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Kansas City Chiefs sport a record of 2-5 and 2-5 ATS heading into this betting matchup, while the Detroit Lions sit at 1-6 and 1-6 ATS on the season. The over under totals records are 4-3 for the Chiefs and 4-3 for the Lions. Stay Informed: Check out Bet365 for odds specials, betting line moves and updated OVER/UNDER totals.

The game pits the Kansas City Chiefs, currently No. 16 in our Odds Shark NFL Power Rankings, against the Detroit Lions, who rate No. 24 in the latest survey.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Kansas City's No. 21-ranked offense, averaging 21.43 PPG, against a Lions defense that ranks No. 29 this week at 28.57 PPG. The Chiefs aerial game is averaging 240.29 yards per game, less than the Lions secondary allows through the air, 269 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Detroit Lions own the league's No. 26-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 134.67 yards per game when on the road. Kansas City, on the other hand, rates No. 8 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Lions's last action saw them get a 2-TD performance from Matthew Stafford, but they were handed a 28-19 loss by Minnesota at Ford Field.


Pittsburgh was unable to contain Charcandrick West in its last action Sunday and the result was a 23-13 Week 7 loss against the Chiefs.

Betting Trends
  • Detroit is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Detroit is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Detroit's last 23 games
  • Detroit is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Kansas City
  • Kansas City is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Kansas City is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
  • Kansas City is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Detroit
  • Kansas City is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Detroit

Next Betting Matchups

Detroit at Green Bay, Sunday, November 15th
Kansas City at Denver, Sunday, November 15th