A pair of surprising 1-3 teams will take to the field on Sunday when the Kansas City Chiefs play host to Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears. Kansas City has been dealt with an awfully difficult schedule to commence their 2015 campaign, though in a competitive AFC West there really is no margin for error. The Chiefs were expected to be in the playoff conversation for much of the year, so to see them scuffling early on is definite cause for concern. For the Bears, it’s another down year which was to be expected. Chicago has been relatively competitive, but you have to wonder how they’ll fare against a hungry group needing a win in Kansas City. Week 5 NFL Sunday is upon us and your betting needs and advice will be taken care of at The Sports Geek! Read on below for a game prediction and the full game breakdown.
Bears vs. Chiefs Betting Odds:
Chicago Bears +9.5 (-110)
@ Kansas City Chiefs -9.5 (-110)
Over 45 (-110)
Under 45 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Bears vs. Chiefs Pick:
The Kansas City Chiefs enter this contest a pretty unhappy team. Despite their difficult schedule, entering 1-3 was never an option and makes their quest for playoff football a lot more difficult. In the lead-up to this game, all the talk in their camp has been about staying focused and hungry and not underestimating a weak Bears squad. Expect to see Kansas City’s full potential on Sunday and head coach Andy Reid will definitely have his group ready to play.
Kansas City was surprisingly blown out last week against the Bengals, but the score may not be entirely indicative of the gameplay as they actually outgained Cincinnati. This is a good Chiefs squad that hasn’t really been able to show it as of yet, and look for them to do so in a big way come Sunday afternoon. Kansas City moved the ball well for the most part, but just couldn’t capitalize inside the red zones. This week don’t expect the same issues going against a pretty awful Bears’ coverage unit. Chicago has huge holes in its secondary and Jeremy Maclin is due for a huge game. One area that Kansas City has been a bit weak in of late is with regard to Alex Smith’s protection. Their O-Line has shown a tendency to buckle under pressure, but the Bears really don’t offer any of that. They’ve only recorded 6 sacks through four weeks and can’t stop the run. Every team they’ve faced has had at least one guy to run for 70 yards, with an average of 104 yards. Yes. Jamaal Charles is going to run all over the Bears defense and Chicago won’t be able to do anything about it.
Jay Cutler wasn’t bad in his return to the lineup last week – but playing Oakland is entirely different from taking on a ferocious Chiefs defense. Kansas City gets to quarterbacks with ease as the duo of Tamba Hali and Justin Houston simply wreak havoc for opposing offensive lines. Cutler has very limited protection from his offensive line, and he’ll be forced into making some mistakes and turnovers along the way. On offense, Matt Forte may experience some success against a struggling Chiefs’ run defense, but if KC focuses in on stopping Forte, it’ll force Cutler to beat them – something the Bears simply cannot do.
I like the Chiefs to roll in this one. They enter a hungry group ready to get back on track. Their opponents through the first 4 weeks have combined records of 13-3, and some tough scheduling doesn’t mean Andy Reid’s team is all of a sudden an afterthought. They should’ve won Week 2 vs. Denver and look for a motivated squad to take to the field on Sunday. It’s expected that Alshon Jeffery will be out for the Bears, and without much of a Chicago offensive threat, the Chiefs should cruise by double digits in this one.
PICK = Chiefs -9.5 (-110)