NFL Betting: Kansas City Chiefs at Washington Redskins

NFL Betting:  Kansas City Chiefs at Washington Redskins

The Kansas City Chiefs won their first nine games of the season but find themselves in the midst of a three game losing streak as they travel to Washington, DC to take on Redskins. Even with their recent tailspin the Chiefs are having a much better year in their first campaign under new head coach Andy Reid and catch the Redskins in a season long downward spiral. Robert Griffin III is either still not 100% after his injury or has regressed since his rookie season (or a combination of the two). He didn’t look as bad as he has in recent games last week against the New York Giants but the sum total is Washington enters on a four game SU/ATS losing streak.

While the kneejerk reaction is to lay the points with a Kansas City team that is definitely much better ‘on paper’ the ‘kneejerk reaction’ is seldom a winning strategy in the NFL. This isn’t a great situation for Kansas City. They’re traveling cross country for an early game and despite their losing streak could be in something of a ‘letdown mode’ off three straight divisional games. Another concern is their banged up defense–they’ve allowed 103 points in their last three games and their pass rush has been compromised significantly. The Chiefs had 35 sacks in their first seven games but only two in their last five. In theory, RG III and the Redskins could take advantage of a beat up Kansas City stop unit.

Of course ‘theory’ will only get you so far. The countervailing argument is that the Redskins are a mess and are dealing with their own injury issues. The Chiefs could control this game just by running Jamaal Charles repeatedly and the Redskins might not have the weapons to exploit KC’s defensive woes. That being said, it’s seldom a good idea to lay points on the road in the NFL with teams not in good form. We’ll hold our nose and take the hometown Redskins and look for this game to go ‘Over’ the low total. KC has been an ‘Under’ team all year but their defensive injuries have changed that dynamic significantly.