The Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals meet for the second game of the preseason. I’m not going to lie, this football has been absolutely horrific. Preseason ball isn’t supposed to be good, but my goodness, I have had more enjoyable trips to the dentist than watching some of these games.
Thankfully a week from now it’s Week 3 of the preseason, where squads will start taking things a bit more serious as they gear up for the regular season. Starters will play a full-half and maybe a series or two in the second-half. The second week can be a bit of a guessing game, with some teams letting the starters go for the entire first-half or a quarter.
The Bengals won a dreadful game a week ago against the Buccaneers. The only thing I took from that game is that Roberto Aguayo is a bad kicker, and that Andy Dalton is going to screw a few people out of money at some point this season. Dalton threw an interception in the red zone on the 1-yard line for his first lowlight of the year. AJ McCarron filled in for Dalton as the second stringer and once again looked fine.
Any chance McCarron has had he’s made good on. He is one of the best backups in the NFL and has attracted attention from other teams. Not as a backup, but others want to bring him in as a starter. With the quality of quarterbacks elsewhere, there is a market for McCarron to be a starter. Heck, there are many people who believe he should be starting ahead of Dalton.
Another year where Dalton can’t play clutch football, and I will not argue against that. Dalton should see at least a quarter of action in this game, with McCarron following Dalton and then rookie Jeff Driskel. Driskel looked good out there last week. It’s an important start for him, with the potential to produce a couple of nice game films in consecutive weeks. Head below for our NFL Preseason pick for Saturday. I hope you’re all having a great weekend!
K.C. Chiefs vs. Cincinnati Bengals Betting Odds:
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Chiefs vs. Bengals Pick:
The Chiefs will have their work cut out for them this season. If they want to compete in the AFC West, the Chiefs must be on top of their game. The Denver Broncos are always a threat with their defense, and now they have to contend with the surging Raiders. There is going to be pressure on the Raiders this season, though. The Chiefs will be in more of an underdog role. Alex Smith will presumably enter the regular season as the starter, but there have been some rumblings that he’s on the trading block.
Notably, the Jaguars need a quarterback. Blake Bortles is bad, really bad. If you didn’t need any more reasons, take a look at his film from Thursday night. If the Chiefs part with Smith, then they must feel really confident in rookie Patrick Mahomes. I loved Mahomes at Texas Tech and think he was the most underrated player in the country. I’m really interested in seeing how his game translates to the next level. So far so good, though.
Mahomes is like a Johnny Manziel without the theatrics off the field. He can toss it around, and if need be, Mahomes has the ability to scramble. Expect him to be more of a pocket passer in the NFL. He looked good in his first preseason game, completing 7-of-9 passes for 49 yards and 1 touchdown. Conversely, Tyler Bray did not look good with 63 yards and an interception. Bray must be hoping that the Chiefs trade Smith right about now because there is no way he is taking the backup job away from Mahomes.
Smith is going to see the entire first-half of this game, which is why you see the Chiefs set as -2.5 favorites. Mahomes will get the 3rd quarter and probably a bit in the 4th. Dalton will see at least quarter, but there isn’t much information out there regarding playing time for the Bengals.
It’s hard for me to ignore points for a home team in the preseason. McCarron is still looking to add some value to his name, and picking apart backups is a good way to look nice on the field. The Bengals should also be thinking about putting him on display for future trade bait, if that’s the route they want to go. His name has been floating around Jacksonville, too. We will go with the Bengals for our NFL preseason pick on Saturday.
PICK: BENGALS +2.5 (-105)