Pick 2: Kansas City vs St. Louis and Cleveland vs. Oakland

Pick 2: Kansas City vs St. Louis and Cleveland vs. Oakland

The Teaser: Pair Kansas City and Cleveland

Game 1: Kansas City vs. St. Louis

The Initial Line:

Kansas City -7 home vs St. Louis

The Take:

Add 6.5 points to Kansas City’s line

The Final Line:

Kansas City -0.5

The Breakdown:

Kansas City got a much needed win on Sunday, defeating powerhouse San Diego on the road 23-20. Alex Smith once again managed the game well throwing for 221 yds and a TD, and Jamaal Charles gained 95 yds on the ground with a rushing TD. The defense was also able to force an INT against Philip Rivers. St. Louis pulled a huge upset at home against the Super Bowl champs, defeating Seattle 28-26. A couple trick plays on special teams made the difference, as a misdirection punt return for a TD and a 4th down fake punt pass play clinched it. Tre Mason had 85 rush yds and a TD, while Austin Davis also passed for 2 TDs.

KC now sits at 3-3 on the season, and looks to gain ground on both San Diego and Denver. Besides a flop against Tennessee in week 1, their other 2 losses were one-possession games on the road against powerhouses Denver and San Francisco. They will feel comfortable at Arrowhead Stadium, which broke the record for loudest stadium against New England in week 4 and is a very tough environment to play in. St. Louis will have confidence coming off their big victory, but they will have trouble containing Jamaal Charles and the KC run game. KC ranks 3rd in rush yds/game, and St. Louis ranks 28th in rush yds allowed per game. KC should control the tempo in this one with some long drives, and will come out victorious at home.

Game 2: Cleveland vs. Oakland

The Initial Line:

Cleveland -7 home vs Oakland

The Take:

Add 6.5 points to Cleveland’s line

The Final Line:

Cleveland -0.5

The Breakdown:

Cleveland suffered a loss in Jacksonville in week 7, as they were defeated on the road 24-6. Andrew Hawkins had 112 receiving yds, but Brian Hoyer had a fumble and an INT in the 2nd half which led to Jacksonville’s 2 4th quarter TDs. This was the first game of the season where Cleveland failed to score at least 21 points. Oakland is still winless after week 7, as they lost at home to Arizona 24-13. Oakland could only muster 225 yards of offense as they scored 14 or less points in 5 of their 6 losses this year. The defense was able to force an INT, but that was the only bright spot in the loss.

Cleveland now sits at 3-3 on the season, win 2 of their 3 wins coming at home. Their only home loss occurred in week 3 vs Baltimore 23-21, as Justin Tucker kicked a game-winning FG as time expired. For the first time in years Cleveland feels like they have a shot to make a run at the postseason, but they will need to pick up victories against these winless teams. They should bounce back in front of the home crowd, and if they can get back to scoring at least 21 points it should bode well for them. Oakland has only surpassed that number once this year, and it came in a home game. Expect Cleveland to recover from last week and gain a victory here.

No Comments

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.