Who are these Kansas City Chiefs? 3-5 over their last 8 and Pat Mahomes has looked better in commercials than on the field. The Bengals have had to bring in Jake Browning at QB with Joe Burrow out but he's been able to go 3-1 over his last 4 which has put the Bengals in the hunt for the playoffs at 8-7. Ja'Marr Chase also added a little fire to this matchup today by saying nothing impresses him about the Chiefs this season. Here is our Chiefs vs Bengals prediction and NFL Picks 12/31/23.
Kansas City Chiefs:
The Chiefs come into this game with a record of 9-6, leading the AFC West. They've been strong offensively, ranking high in passing yards, with Patrick Mahomes being a key figure. Mahomes has thrown for 3,938 yards and 26 touchdowns, and his mobility adds another dimension to the Chiefs' offense.
However, the Chiefs have had some struggles defensively, especially against the pass, which could be an area of concern against a Bengals team known for its aerial attack.
The Bengals hold an 8-7 record and have shown resilience throughout the season. However, they've been plagued with injuries, including the loss of starting QB Joe Burrow and wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase. Ja'Marr Chase's injury status is listed as questionable for today.
Backup QB Jake Browning, who will likely start, showed potential in the last game, throwing for 335 yards, but the team's overall performance was hindered by turnovers and a lack of offensive cohesion.
The Chiefs are favored to win, with oddsmakers giving them a -6.5 point spread. The total over/under for the game is set at 43.5 points.
While the Chiefs haven't been at their best recently, they still have the offensive firepower and the home-field advantage, which could be crucial in this matchup.
The Bengals, dealing with key player absences and coming off a tough loss, will face a challenging task against the Chiefs' high-powered offense.
I thought the Chiefs bounce back spot was going to be last week against the Raiders but I was way off. I'll give them one more chance at home before I put them on the do not bet list.
Chiefs 27 Bengals 17
With that said, I prefer using the Chiefs as a teaser piece at (-0.5) rather than taking them to cover the spread.