Tonight's NFL Kickoff: Reasons to Bet the Chiefs

Football Sep 10, 2020

Are you ready for some football?

The 2020 NFL regular season is about to get underway, and it features the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans in the much-anticipated primetime opener.

For the Chiefs, they look to defend their Super Bowl crown.  For the Texans, they look to begin a new chapter in the franchise’s history, following the trade of superman WR DeAndre Hopkins.

Having a new-look offense, these two teams are completely polar-opposites. Either way, it will be fun to see football back, as an exciting year looks to unfold. With that being said, it is also an exciting time for betting money.  How should you bet your money, and what are the odds heading into Thursday night?  Don’t worry, we have you covered.

All odds are as of Wednesday night based on the odds at

Kansas City Chiefs look to defend their crown

Led by superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the Kansas City Chiefs look to defend their Super Bowl title. Most of the key players for Kansas City are returning. Tight end Travis Kelce looks to build off a big 2019 season in which he recorded 1,229 yards and five touchdowns.

Running back provide some intrigue, as rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire looks to be the main back for the 2020 campaign.

With the running back position being a bit of a wild card for the Kansas City Chiefs, one particular position is certainly not a wildcard at all.

The receivers look to put together another great year, and Mahomes has plenty of targets to choose from. Mecole Hardman, Tyreek Hill, and Sammy Watkins all figured to be a huge part of the equation.

Defensively, the Chiefs have plenty of talent on the line. Chris Jones looks to build off his nine-sack season, as he undoubtedly anchors the line. Frank Clark also looks to build off his eight sacks, as the Chiefs now have a dynamic duo. Tyrann Mathieu also looks to continue to play at a high level at the safety position. He recorded 63 tackles a year ago.

Houston Texans look to undergo new era

With Hopkins out of the picture, Deshaun Watson has new targets to throw to. Brandin Cooks is one of them. He recorded 42 receptions for 583 yards and two touchdowns last year. That’s not all Houston has for weapons either. Randall Cobb also enters the picture. He had 55 catches for 828 yards and three touchdowns last season.

Running back David Johnson looks to lead the Houston rushing attack, as Houston’s main piece in the Hopkins trade. It will be interesting to see if he can get back to form and be the dynamic playmaker he was years ago.

Defensively, Houston returns the same formidable defensive line that they have in year’s past. JJ Watt, Whitney Mercilus, and Benardrick McKinney, look to take care of things up front. In the secondary, Justin Reid and Vernon Hargreaves figure to make an impact of their own.

I would feel comfortable taking the Chiefs on the spread at -9. They have too many weapons for Houston to stop. Although the Houston defense may have strength up front, Kansas City just has too many weapons to throw at Houston. They can beat Houston in many ways. For this one take the Chiefs -9.

-- written by Danny the Geek


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