NFL Games of the Year: Chiefs short dogs in Reid's return to Philly
Odds are out for the biggest and best games of the upcoming NFL season. Teddy Covers gives you his insight into some of these marquee matchups and predicts where the odds could move before kickoff.
NFL Week 3 (Thursday Night): Kansas Chiefs at Philadelphia Eagles (-3)
Past History: The Chiefs and Eagles haven’t met since 2009, when Philly hammered Kansas City in a 34-14 Week 3 blowout. Philly also won 37-31 at Arrowhead Stadium back in 2005. The hype here will be about the Chiefs' new head coach Andy Reid’s return to Philadelphia, not about any recent history between these two teams.
Early look at Kansas City: Kansas City finished with an NFL-worst minus-24 turnover differential last year, despite having six pro bowlers on its roster. With the QB situation stabilized following the acquisition of Alex Smith and the coaching situation dramatically upgraded following the Romeo Crennel debacle, bettors are expecting a dramatic improvement from this long moribund squad.
Early look at Philadelphia: The Eagles finished 2012 tied with the Chiefs for the worst turnover differential last year, but this team is not “rebuilding” in Chip Kelly’s first year on the job. They filled every major need in the offseason, shoring up their secondary and offensive line in the process. But Michael Vick’s QB rating has dropped from 100.2 to 78.1 between 2010 and 2012 and he’s in need of a bounce-back season to save his starting job.
Where this line will move: The Chiefs open the season with winnable games against the Jaguars and Cowboys in their first two contests. Don’t be surprised if K.C. starts getting some hype if it starts 2-0, driving this line down off the key number of -3.