The Chiefs are getting some love this week as they visit the Cleveland Browns. The Browns didn’t look very good last week in NFL betting and they are just a slight favorite on Sunday against the Chiefs.
Before you get too excited about the Chiefs against the NFL odds you should remember a few things. Kansas City was playing their home opener in front of a huge crowd last week and the weather definitely helped Kansas City. The Chiefs still did next to nothing on offense and won the game thanks to a punt return and one long run by Jamaal Charles.
Cassel vs. Delhomme is Ugly – Even though the Chiefs won last week their passing game was awful. Matt Cassel still looked like he was lost and the Chiefs have no quality receivers. If you stop the Kansas City running game, then you win the game. San Diego didn’t do that last week as they allowed Charles to break a big run for a touchdown. The Browns might have the better quarterback in this game and that is sad. Jake Delhomme threw for over 200 yards last week against Tampa Bay but as usual he threw interceptions that cost his team the game.
Special Teams – The Kansas City special teams are going to be very good this season. Last week it was Dexter McCluster returning a punt for a touchdown and the Chiefs also have a kickoff returner in Javier Arenas. Normally when you think of special teams and kick returns you think of Cleveland’s Joshua Cribbs but Kansas City looks to have the edge with McCluster and Arenas.
The Browns are 2-point favorites in NFL odds at SBG and the total is 38. Kansas City is actually 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games but this is their first road game this season. The Chiefs don’t play on Monday night that often but history is against them when they do. The Chiefs are 2-8 against the NFL betting point spread in their last 10 games following a Monday night contest. Cleveland is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games. Pick your poison in this game. You either trust Delhomme and the Browns at home or you hope that the special teams and defense of the Chiefs is enough to win on the road.