Date/Time: October 27th, 1:00 PM ET
Spread: Chiefs -9.5
The last undefeated team left standing in NFL betting action is going to be tested on Sunday afternoon at home, as the Kansas City Chiefs look to finish up half of their schedule unblemished against the Cleveland Browns.
We’re not really all that sure if it’s a matter of desperation or a matter of being set to tank the season, but the decision has been made to effectively end the career of QB Brandon Weeden. Weeden was tabbed the starting quarterback at the start of training camp, and he held that job for a few weeks into the regular season before he was injured. QB Brian Hoyer played significantly better football and was set to replace Weeden until he tore his ACL, but it seems as though enough is enough. The Browns have pulled the plug on Weeden once again and have made QB Jason Campbell the starter. Campbell is the consummate journeyman who never really cut it in his career, and he never lived up to being a first round draft pick. If the Browns are going to contend in this game, this is going to have to be a physical, low-scoring, defensive affair where it is going to take very little scoring to win. It’s disgraceful that the team’s two first round draft picks from two seasons ago, RB Trent Richardson and Weeden are now traded and effectively cut at this point just 23 games into the careers for each.
The Chiefs have made the turnaround of all turnarounds, as they have gone from the worst team in the league with the #1 pick in the NFL Draft to a team that legitimate could be the best in the game. The time is really here to believe that the Denver Broncos have a fight on their hands in the AFC West, and there is a real chance that the two games between those two might be the deciders as to who wins the division and who is forced to play three road games to get to the Super Bowl. The good news here is that there isn’t a lot to be looking ahead to. Next week on the road against the Buffalo Bills, we might be worried about some things for the Chiefs with a bye week on tap and the trip to Mile High coming after that. This game though, should be clear sailing. The stories are the crowd noise and the fact that this is the best defense in the NFL. Every team has had massive problems coming to Arrowhead this year, and this won’t be an exception. KC is holding teams down to 11.6 points per game, and it is averaging right around five sacks per game as well.
Here’s the thing about Kansas City. We just don’t buy it. Case Keenum, Terrelle Pryor, and Ryan Fitzpatrick are the last three quarterbacks that this team has faced, and we haven’t even mentioned taking on Jacksonville in Week 1. These Chiefs aren’t that good. Will they win this game? Probably. But is it believable that Campbell could give a spark to the Browns the same way that Hoyer did? You bet.
Cleveland Browns @ Kansas City Chiefs Pick: Cleveland Browns +9.5
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