NFL Football Betting: Seattle Seahawks at Kansas City Chiefs

NFL Football Betting:  Seattle Seahawks at Kansas City Chiefs

Week 1 of the NFL Preseason continues on Saturday as the Seattle Seahawks travel to ‘flyover country’ to take on the Kansas City Chiefs. The Seahawks finished 10-6 last year and made the playoffs though not doing particularly well. The Kansas City Chiefs went on a 10 game winning streak to close the season after a horrific 1-5 start. They also made the playoffs but were eliminated in the divisional round by the New England Patriots. Both teams have high hopes for this season though you won’t see much of their ‘A-Game’ in the preseason opener.

For a team that won 11 games a year ago the Chiefs have a lot of ‘evaluation’ going on particularly on the defensive side of the ball. It’s hard to get a handle on how the team approaches these preseason games though Andy Reid historically has used them to see what his players can do–and particularly when there’s competition for a roster spot. He took them *very* seriously in his first two years with the team going through the 2012 and 2013 preseasons unbeaten (8-0 SU) but are just 4-4 in preseason play since. Still, 12-4 SU with the team is pretty solid. He has ‘dialed down’ his prioritization of preseason play as the Chiefs have improved. More significantly, he has a strong nucleus of talent and he knows that they can do. That means for these players the goal is keeping them healthy. For that reason, you can expect the starters to make only a token appearance in this game. There’s also several very important components of the team recovering from injury–Justin Houston, Tamba Hali, Jamal Charles and Eric Berry. The quarterback situation is fairly stable with Alex Smith #1 and newly acquired Nick Foles #2. That leaves Tyler Bray, Kevin Hogan and Aaron Murray to compete for the #3 job.

Seattle and KC played in this venue last year in a putrid offensive display where both coaches took great care not to show anything they’d think of doing in the regular season. Ultimately, the Chiefs prevailed 14-13. That result–and the KC injury situation–makes the price on this game curious. Getting a ‘key number’ with this line over a full field goal we’ll take the dog.