A non-conference clash headlined Sunday Night Football in Week 16 of the NFL season, when the Kansas City Chiefs come to the Windy City to face the Chicago Bears.
Oddsmakers opened Chicago as a 5-point home underdog but action on the visitor has moved this spread as high as +6.5 before settling in around +6. If you’re betting the NFL odds for Chiefs vs. Bears, here are some sports handicapping services to benefit your handicapping.
All systems go
Despite being officially eliminated from the playoff hunt, Chicago head coach Matt Nagy will not rest his starters in the second-last game of the season. Nagy told the media he plans on going all out in Week 16, especially with his former boss on the opposite sideline. Nagy was a quarterbacks coach and offensive assistant in Kansas City under Chiefs coach Andy Reid, so bettors should expect some familiarity between these two Sunday night.
The Bears has a three-game winning streak halted by a close loss to Green Bay in Week 15. Chicago has been solid on defense all season but has shown flashes of offensive promises during this four-game span. Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, who has struggled mightily at times in 2019, passed for 334 yards in the loss to the Packers but sparked a fourth-quarter push that almost resulted in a last-second score last Sunday.
Still work to be done
The Chiefs have the AFC West locked in but can still make a play for higher playoff positioning in the final two weeks of action. Kansas City has 10 wins on the season and could slide into the No. 2 seed if the New England Patriots trip up in their last two contests. Should the teams end in a tie, the Chiefs would own the tie breaker after knocking off the Patriots back in Week 14.
Kansas City is looking to ramp up its offensive production after struggling to score in recent games. The Chiefs blew away the Oakland Raiders in Week 13 but have been unable to match that 40-point output, due in part to playing some solid defensive teams down the stretch.
Chicago is one of the toughest stop units in the league, giving up just over 18 points on 324 yards against per game. However, Kansas City’s defense shouldn’t be taken lightly either. While the season-long stats don’t tell the story, the Chiefs recent efforts on defense make them a very dangerous team with the postseason coming down the pipe.
Kansas City has limited its last four foes to a total of only 45 points – an average of just under 12 points per game. That said, last week’s 24-3 win over Denver was played in a snow storm against a rookie quarterback in Arrowhead, and those recent opponents have all had challenges finding the end zone this season.
The Over/Under betting total for Sunday Night Football is set at 44.5 points. The Bears are 5-9 Over/Under on the season, including a 2-5 Over/Under record at home. The Chiefs own a 7-7 Over/Under count in 2019, going 3-3 Over/Under on the road.