Cardinals open week as 17-point underdogs to Chiefs

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The Chiefs and Cardinals are at the opposite ends of the spectrum this season as illustrated by the records, their statistics and the point spread that bookmakers have assigned to the game.

The 8-1 Chiefs opened as 17-point favorites over the 2-6 Cardinals and that marks the largest opening spread of the 2018 season. A line of that size is more common in college and defensive lineman Corey Peters pointed out that there’s a difference between the levels of football when asked about the size of the spread.

“It’s the NFL. That’s another thing,” Peters said, via AZCentral.com. “This isn’t college football. The talent disparity isn’t much different from best team in the league to whoever you perceive to be the worst team in the league. So when you get to talking about who’s going to win games, it’s really about who shows up and who comes to play.”

Peters said he understands that no one is picking the Cardinals to win outright, but said that people should be “taking that all day” in terms of betting on the Cardinals to cover. Recent history backs Peters. The Bills were 16.5-point underdogs to the Vikings earlier this season and wound up winning the game by 21 points.

A similar outcome in Kansas City would be a major shocker, but it’s a reminder that games are decided on the field and not on a tote board.

33 responses to “Cardinals open week as 17-point underdogs to Chiefs

  1. “This isn’t college football. The talent disparity isn’t much different from best team in the league to whoever you perceive to be the worst team in the league.”

    Riiiiiiiiiiiifggght….

  2. Good old parity in talent. The nemesis of Nick Saban. I still haven’t figured out why a guy who openly admits he doesn’t want to coach when he can’t have an advantage in talent is considered a great coach.

    Also the reason anyone who says any college team could beat (or even remotely compete with) an NFL team has no understanding of football.

  3. Again…these lines are set with Teasers in mind…

    No Sharp would ever take the Chiefs minus the 17.5…but tease that line down 7 or 10 points and suddenly you have a winnable bet…or tease the Cards and take the 20+ points…

  4. Normally I would agree with Peters but come on man is the Cardinals offense going to suit up Kurt Warner and drop 50 on the Chiefs? Don’t be surprised if the Chiefs drop a 50 burger on the Cardinals this Sunday.

  5. This will get ugly early and then look for Andy to turtle up, maybe even put in some 2nd-stringers.

    The Cards will cover with a meaningless score at the end.

  6. 17 point spreads in the NFL are never a good bet. It’s not college. Teams aren’t trying to run up the score. The Chiefs have dominated games this season and won most of them by less than 10.

  7. This was done to get dummy bettors in Vegas to put money on the cards to even up the line. It will go down by Saturday.

  8. TRAP GAME! No, the Chiefs will not lose this game BUT they play the Rams next week on Monday Night football, followed by their Bye. Before laying those 17 points please know this information!! I think it will be a blowout but expect a backdoor cover late as the Chiefs starters will be out and thinking of the Rams.

  9. The Bills were 16.5-point underdogs to the Vikings earlier this season and wound up winning the game by 21 points.
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    That has to be the largest spread swing in NFL history, at least in terms of a team being that big of an underdog and winning by that much. That’s going to happen one out of a 100 times and there has to be a series of really weird things happening, like one of your team leaders having a mental breakdown the night before the game.

  10. cjmcfootball says:
    November 6, 2018 at 9:39 am
    17 point spreads in the NFL are never a good bet. It’s not college. Teams aren’t trying to run up the score. The Chiefs have dominated games this season and won most of them by less than 10
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    Chiefs have the highest point difference +101 than any other team in the NFL. Let me repeat the Chiefs have the highest point difference than any other team in the NFL and yes that includes the Rams, the Saints and the Patriots. So just do the simple math that would average out to a win over EVERY team by more than 10 points.

  11. The Chiefs will view this as a virtual “bye” week and use it to rest up and get healthy their top players. No reason for them to go hard, especially with the utterly incompetent Cards offense. 21-13.

  12. Chiefs only have a 1 game lead on the Pats for the best record in the AFC. Anybody thinking they’re going to let up on the gas because they’re playing the Cards is nuts. They want the AFC Championship to be played at Arrowhead, not in Foxboro.

  13. Seventeen points…is that all? The Cards FO have already written this season off just don’t want the sucker fans to realize it…and in Arizona, there’s one born every second!
    The Cards fans who are making the trip are going to see how a real franchise works and experience a little of the magic, Chiefs fans enjoy on a regular basis!

  14. As a Cardinals Season Ticket holder and DIE Hard fan….take that bet all day!! Give the 17 points…shoot I’d go e 21 to 24.
    The Cardinals are horrible on defense …KC offense will SMOKE them! On offense Cards could only put up 3 points vs SF in the first 3 and a half quarters. Being realistic the game will end somewhere around 49 -13.

  15. A true “Sharp” would never tease any spread. Of course, buying a half-point or three is definitely a move a “Sharp” would make.

  16. The Cards fans who are making the trip are going to see how a real franchise works and experience a little of the magic, Chiefs fans enjoy on a regular basis!
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    Oh really? How many playoff games have both teams won over the last 24 seasons?
    AZ: 5
    KC: 1

    OUCH……..

  17. The Bills straight up victory over the Vikes was the biggest upset since 1996 or the mid 1990s. So it is incredibly rare for a NFL underdog of that huge spread to win straight up.

    But hey, now that Mike McCoy is gone suddenly the offensive numbers are back up again.

    The one thing the Chiefs do is they do try to run it up more than other teams, primarily because their defense is so bad. This is one where it will pay the most to take the Chiefs minus the first half spread.

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