NFL Preseason Betting Preview: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Atlanta Falcons
Kansas City Chiefs
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Pro football betting action is back, and all this week, you’ll be able to find the best NFL predictions on the internet, including this duel between the Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons.
Run, run, run, and run some more. That should be the motto of the 2010 Kansas City Chiefs. It became fairly clear last season that QB Matt Cassel needs some work to become a legitimate starting quarterback in the NFL, as he struggled to complete a high percentage of his passes and quite often had just as many picks as TDs. Knowing that neither Cassel nor reserves Tyler Palko nor Brodie Croyle are really capable of leading a high octane offense should bring smiles to the ears of both RBs Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones. The handling of these two backs should be interesting both in the preseason and in the regular season. Will this be a straight two back system, or are these two competing for the starting role and reserve role? We’ll probably find out, as both will probably be integral parts of the offensive puzzle for a team that had a tough time generating much of anything on the scoreboard last year.
For Atlanta, the story is completing different. There is certainly no rebuilding going on in the Peach State. A Super Bowl is a realistic possibility, and staying healthy in the preseason is going to be the first step towards that goal. Seeing some of the new depth on defense, such as LB Sean Weatherspoon LB Bear Woods, and DB Dunta Robinson in action should excite Falcons fans. Atlanta also has a sturdy offense that should work more on its rushing attack in the preseason. QB Matt Ryan and his core of wide receivers will be fine, as they are clearly improving with every snap of the pigskin. After one phenomenal season and one horrifying one, the jury is still out on RB Michael Turner. The former backup to RB LaDainian Tomlinson in San Diego, Turner clearly has the ability to turn the ball up field in a hurry. But can he do it consistently? If not, don’t be shocked if RB Jason Snelling and RB Jerious Norwood could see more carries. All three should see plenty of time in the backfield in the preseason opener.
The bottom line in this one is that Atlanta should just outclass the Chiefs from the get go. Yes, this is the preseason, and we understand that there are so many variables about backups and how hard they play. However, under HC Mike Smith, the Falcons have played solid ball in the preseason, and we very much so expect to see that continue with a solid victory on Friday.
Selection: Atlanta Falcons -3
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