The Kansas City Chiefs (3-0) travel to Motown this weekend for a Week 4 battle against the Detroit Lions (2-0-1). Kickoff is set for 1:00 PM EST on September 29th at Ford Field and the game will be broadcast on FOX.
Oddsmakers opened this game up with the Lions listed as 7-point home underdogs. That line has moved down by a full point after early betting, as Detroit is currently available at +6. The total for this matchup is 54 points. Click here for a full look at the Week 4 NFL odds and for more links to our individual game previews.
Lions vs Chiefs Game Odds & Betting Preview
Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs improved to 3-0 on the season last weekend after an impressive 33-28 home victory over the previously beaten Baltimore Ravens. Kansas City jumped out to an early 23-6 lead in the first half before allowing Lamar Jackson and Co. to put up 15 points in the fourth quarter. However, it proved to be too little too late for the Ravens as they fell just short as time expired. QB Patrick Mahomes posted yet another impressive stat-line, throwing for 374 yards and three touchdowns. RB Darrel Williams had a solid afternoon, racking up more than 100 total yards and playing a big part both on the ground and through the air. WR Mecole Hardman led the way for receiving corps despite making just two catches, as he still managed to rack up 97 yards and a touchdown. As a whole, Kansas City gained more than 500 total yards of offense and scored four touchdowns in the win.
The Chiefs defense had a few costly lapses in Week 3, allowing the Ravens to generate almost 500 total yards of offense and score four touchdowns. Kansas City was torched on the ground by RB Mark Ingram, as he rushed for 103 yards and three touchdowns on only 16 carries.
The Lions won their second consecutive game last Sunday, narrowly beating Philadelphia 27-24 on the road to move to 2-0-1 on the season overall. Detroit had a 20-10 lead at halftime and found a way to hang on down the stretch despite getting outscored 14-7 over the final two quarters. QB Matthew Stafford went 18/32 for 201 yards and a touchdown while Kerryon Johnson also found the end zone despite averaging just 1.8 yards per carry over 20 rushing attempts. WR Marvin Jones finally broke out in the receiving game, hauling in six passes for 101 yards and a touchdown. Overall, the Lions gained just under 300 total yards of offense and scored two touchdowns in the victory.
Detroit was pretty average defensively in Week 3, giving up over well over 350 yards of total offense and three touchdowns. The Lions really struggled to contain Nelson Agholor, as he caught eight passes for 50 yards and two scores.
Free NFL Betting Predictions and ATS Pick: Chiefs -6
When the Lions opened at +7, I was slightly leaning towards taking the home underdog in what should be a high-flying, closely contested game. However, now that Kansas City has fallen to -6, I think that Mahomes and Co. currently offer the best value in this matchup. It is also important to note that Stafford was a late addition to the injury report, as he is apparently dealing with a sore hip and is listed as questionable. Although it looks like he should ultimately be good to go in time for kickoff, I’d still much rather be on the side of a 100% healthy Patrick Mahomes. Not only is he continuing to put up video game numbers, he also seems to have established some quick chemistry with Mecole Hardman and Demarcus Robinson in the absence of Tyreek Hill.
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The Chiefs are a very impressive 5-1 against the spread over their last six games. Kansas City has also owned this matchup as of late, going 6-1 ATS in their last six meetings with the Lions. While Kerryon Johnson and Kenny Golladay could easily both have big outings against a defense that certainly has its share of issues, I think that the road favorite should be able to close this game out down the stretch. As long as this spread doesn’t move upwards before kickoff, I’m happy laying the points and taking Kansas City to cover. Give me the Chiefs!