The Kansas City Chiefs host the Washington Redskins as NFL gambling favourites, and, as in good a form as the latter enter this contest, it couldn’t really be otherwise. The Chiefs are the only undefeated team in the AFC West division – and, for that matter, the whole AFC – and one of only two teams, along with the Falcons, still unbeaten this season. KC’s defense has always been reliable, but their current success is mostly owed to the unholy trinity of QB Alex Smith, rookie running back Kareem Hunt, and wide receiver Tyreek Hill.
Monday night is going to be electric. pic.twitter.com/C0IJBojSvM
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) September 28, 2017
- Date: Monday, 2nd October
- Time: 8:35 PM
- Venue: Arrowhead Stadium
- Online Sportsbook NFL Betting Website Odds:
Redskins +7 (-113) 49½ (-108)
Chiefs -7 (-107) 49½ (-112)
Hunt would be, in that particular trinity, the savior and redeemer of the Chiefs. The rookie, who leads the league in rushing, was, on Thursday, named the AFC’s offensive player of the month as well as the NFL’s offensive rookie of the month, thus joining Barry Sanders, Edgerrin James, and Mike Anderson as the fourth rookie to be named an offensive player of the month, and becoming the first Chief to ever been named offensive rookie of the month. In addition to that, he has amassed the most yards from scrimmage for a rookie since Billy Sims and scored the most TDs in his first three games since Sims and Dutch Sternaman. “It’s a great feeling,” Hunt said via the team’s official website. “I just want to keep it going. I want to keep going out there every week and showing up.’
Hunt’s offensive prowess against the Skins, whose defense is led by veteran linebacker Zach Brown (third in the league in tackles with 32), will be crucial if the Chiefs want to cover the seven-point NFL gambling spread, which they have done in just six of their last 14 home games (although the Chiefs have covered in their last six meetings with Washington). Kansas City is, on the plus side, 12-2 SU in that same period, as well as 10-1 SU in their last 11 games in Week 4, and 1 all-time against the Redskins. Head coach Andy Reid, moreover, is 5-0 against NFC East teams since taking over the Chiefs before the 2013 season, including a 45-10 routing of the Redskins that same year, in which the total went over.
Speaking of which, the total has gone over in four of the Chiefs’ last six games against the Skins, as well as in four of KC’s last six overall, but it has gone under in seven of their last nine at home. Neither Alex Smith nor Redskins’ QB Kirk Cousins are what you’d call gunslingers on the same level as Tom Brady or Drew Brees, but then again both are having great seasons so far, and that has trickle down to their respective offenses. On the other hand, both teams’ defenses are have been, as they say in finances, “bullish.” So, all things, considered, it’s a tossup as to which way the NFL gambling total will go.