Take Kansas City -4 home vs. Pittsburgh
Kansas City kept their win streak intact in week 5, taking down Houston 42-34 on the road on Sunday Night Football. Once again the combination of Alex Smith and Kareem Hunt proved lethal, with Smith throwing for over 300 yds and Hunt rushing for over 100 yds. Pittsburgh embarrassed themselves in front of their home fans by getting trounced 30-9 by Jacksonville. Ben Roethlisberger had one of the worst games of his career, throwing for 5 INTs and 2 pick-6s in a sloppy showing.
Something has just seemed off with Pittsburgh’s offense this year. They were projected to be possibly the best in the NFL and have not lived up to the hype thus far; they’re currently tied for 19th in points per game at 19.8 PPG, while Kansas City is leading the NFL in that category with 32.8 PPG. Pittsburgh’s defense has actually been a nice surprise to start the season as they rank 7th in yards allowed per game, but their run defense has been a weakness, allowing the 28th most rush yards in the league. This could be their kryptonite against Hunt, who currently leads the NFL with 609 yds (143 more than the next guy) and is the only player to average over 100 yds/game. Big Ben will be trying to get his groove back, but this may prove tough against an undefeated opponent on the road where he has historically performed at a lower level (passer rating of 88.7 vs 98.4 at home). Let’s take Kansas City straight up who’s 5-0 ATS thus far to continue their success over the team who 2-3 ATS and looking for any kind of answers and won’t likely find them in a loud Arrowhead Stadium environment.