The Kansas City Chiefs were early pacesetters in the NFL this season, but recent defeats to the Steelers, Raiders and Cowboys have slowed that bandwagon.
However, they were narrow defeats to teams with strong defences. Today the Chiefs match up to the 1-8 New York Giants, indisputably the most disappointing team of the year.
Add in the Chief’s superb record when coming off a rest week as they are here and a dominant win for the visitors could very well be on the cards.
Alex Smith is having an exemplary season QBing the Chiefs, and although coach Andy Reid’s playbook is notoriously varied there are three pillars on which this offence is built.
WR Tyreek Hill is the fastest player in the NFL and is a significant deep ball threat. Rookie running back Kareem Hunt is equally effective on the ground and as a receiver, whilst the fiery athletic giant tight end Travis Kelce is arguably the most effective player in that position in football.
With Hunt often used to advance the opening drives, and Hill’s deep threat most potent later in the game, we expect Smith to search for his no1 option, the giant paws of Kelce for those critical early receptions.
He has 5 touchdown receptions this season in 9 games. He is evens to score anytime, which looks good given the weakness of the Giants. Extending that he is 7/2 to be KC’s first touchdown scorer, again fair value.
The outstanding value is Bet365’s 7s that he scores the match’s first touchdown – a bumper return given KC’s expected match dominance.
Recommendations: Travis Kelce first touchdown scorer, Chiefs v Giants, 1pt win, 7/1 Bet365
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