The Seattle Seahawks (8-6) will host the Kansas City Chiefs in a huge showdown on Sunday Night Football. Kickoff is set for 8:20 EST at CenturyLink Field and will be televised nationally on NBC.
Oddsmakers currently have the Chiefs listed as a 2.5-point road favorite with the total set for 54 points. Click here for a full look at the Week 16 betting odds and for more links to our game previews.
Vegas Game Odds & Betting Preview: Chiefs vs Seahawks
Kansas City comes into this one off a crushing 29-28 home loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday Night Football. The Chiefs blew a 14-point lead in the final 5 minutes, as the Chargers opted to go for two instead of forcing overtime after a last second score.
While the win prevented Kansas City from clinching the AFC West and first round bye, the good news is they still control their own destiny for both the division and the No. 1 seed in the AFC. It really comes down to this one, as the Chiefs figure to be massive favorites at home in Week 17 against the Raiders.
Seattle is also off a devastating loss to a division opponent. The Seahawks lost 26-23 in overtime at San Francisco as a 4-point favorite. The same 49ers team they had just annihilated a couple weeks prior 43-16.
Had Seattle won that game they would have been in prime position to earn a Wild Card spot. They still are in pretty good shape as they hold the No. 5 seed, but a loss here will make things interesting going into Week 17.
NFL Betting Predictions & Free Pick: Chiefs -2.5
My early lean here would be to lay the short number with Kansas City. As difficult as last week’s loss to the Chargers was, I think it’s a gift to lay less than a field goal with the Chiefs against any team in the league. Kansas City is 11-3 and their losses have come by a combined 7-points against 3 of the best teams in the league in the Patriots, Rams and Chargers.
It’s not the offense that has let this team down in their defeats, as the Chiefs have scored a ridiculous 119 points in their 3 losses (39.7 ppg). They could just as easily won all 3 of those games and be sitting at 15-0. No way would they be only a 2.5-point favorite if that was the case.
Give Philip Rivers and the Chargers credit for making the plays they did, but so much had to go right for them to get that win. I loved how the Chiefs were able to get a ton of pressure on Rivers and Eric Berry not been on a pitch count (didn’t play the 2nd half), they likely win that game. Berry was a legit difference maker in the 1st half and is expected to play a bigger role in this game.
I think the Chiefs are going to make life very difficult on Russell Wilson and the Seahawks offense in this one and I just don’t see Seattle being able to score enough to keep this game close. Patrick Mahomes is playing out of his mind right now and my money is on him delivering a big time performance when the Chiefs need it the most.
It’s no secret Seattle wants to run the football. Andy Reid is 15-5 in the second half of the season against teams who average 130 or more rushing yards/game as a head coach in the NFL. Chiefs are also 11-3 ATS under Reid in road games after scoring 25 or more in each of their last 2 and 9-1 ATS last 10 after playing their previous 2 on the road.
I also want to point out that while a win here for Seattle would be huge, they can lose and still secure a Wild Card spot with a win at home over the Cardinals in Week 17. Give me the Chiefs -2.5!