Chiefs vs. Packers NFL Preseason Odds & Betting Pick

David Lawrence

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 5:32 PM GMT

The Chiefs have looked terrible in the preseason both straight up and against the NFL odds. We’ll see if they try to change their momentum in their preseason finale.

Is There A Coaching Edge?
Andy Reid has coached in the NFL for over 20 years when you include his work as a position coach, and he’s coached for almost 20 years as a head coach. He’s made five NFC Championship Game appearances with the Philadelphia Eagles, but he seemed to lose energy and drive near the end of his stay in Philadelphia. He fell into a bad situation as well, with Michael Vick being injured and his offensive line losing its way. Reid really needed a change of scenery. This was something that was widely agreed upon, especially since Reid’s son had fallen into problems, causing the head coach to tend to his family, a clear distraction in the middle of handling a high-stress profession. However, when Reid came to Kansas City, there was no guarantee that Reid would do well. People were wondering if he’d measure up. Well, he did just that in his first season. He’s ready to continue to build on that.

Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy hasn’t coached as long as Reid, but he’s been a very solid coach for the Packers and has brought the organization another Super Bowl title. McCarthy is extremely comfortable in his position and has the trust of starter Aaron Rodgers at quarterback. He’s the right fit for the team.

 

Who Has The Edge In Quarterback Depth?
This is where the KC Chiefs might have a slight edge, but it’s very close and probably not something that should heavily influence your decision. Chase Daniel is the Chiefs’ backup, and he’ll get the balance of work in this game along with Tyler Bray and probably Aaron Murray as well. The Chiefs want to see if Daniel and Bray can be prepared to step into the starting role if Smith gets injured in the regular season. Daniel has experience as a starter with the Jacksonville Jaguars, but he’s been so horrible with the Jags that that might not come across as that much of a plus for this preseason game.

For Green Bay Packers, Matt Flynn is the second man on the depth chart after Rodgers, who will rest in advance of the team’s Thursday opener against Seattle on Sept. 4. Flynn played well for the Packers a few years ago in a week 17 game against the Detroit Lions, and that one game increased his value for a lot of league teams. The Seattle Seahawks picked him up, but Flynn was beaten out by Russell Wilson. His career hasn’t been the same since. He bounced around from Oakland to Buffalo before landing with the Packers again. He’s comfortable with this team, but his reputation has plummeted.

 

Outlook
The Packers don’t have nose tackle B.J. Raji, but the Chiefs’ offensive line has not been good at all in the preseason. It’s hard to say which team is going to play better here, but Kansas City has been so sluggish that the Packers are probably the better choice.
NFL Free Pick: Bet on the Packers -3 points at Bovada

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