The Kansas City Chiefs will look to bounce back at the expense of the Washington Football Team on Sunday when they collide in the nation’s capital. The Chiefs are coming off a bruising 38-20 loss to the Buffalo Bills at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday Night Football, losing the hyped-up AFC Championship ‘revenge’ game quite spectacularly.
It wasn’t even competitive, really. Josh Allen and Company roughed up the Chiefs in their own house, in front of their fans and on national television.
Next up for the Chiefs is a date against the Washington Football Team (WFT) in the nation’s capital. In some ways, this is a must-win game for Andy Reid’s side. While the pressure is high, the good news for everyone is that bookmakers haven’t given up on the Chiefs according to the latest NFL odds. On the contrary, they’re confidently installing the Chiefs as the touchdown favorites despite their recent woes.
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Washington Football Team
Sunday, October 17, 2021 – 01:00 PM EDT at FedEx Field
Chiefs Left Reeling After Bills Visit
The Kansas City Chiefs are off to the worst start in Andy Reid’s tenure, down to 2-3 on the season following the loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday Night Football. Kansas City is dead last in the AFC West and under .500 for the first time since 2015.
The Chiefs have lost to the Baltimore Ravens, Los Angeles Chargers and, most recently, the Buffalo Bills. They’ve been beaten by some of the best in the NFL and Patrick Mahomes has been outduelled by some of the best of his peers and NextGen stars in the game.
So, it’s premature to panic, but the Chiefs are faced with an almost must-win game when they take on the Washington Football Team (WFT) in the nation’s capital this Sunday. Another loss would setback Kansas City in the playoff race.
The good news for Kansas City is that the WFT is beatable. This doesn’t mean they’re going to be an easy out. On the contrary, the WFT has a tough defense that could do some damage and a great coach in Ron Rivera. However, the WFT’s performance isn’t quite there yet. They don’t stand out in the NFC East field in any particular way and they’re down to a backup quarterback.
Speaking of the NFC East, the Chiefs had a field day at Financial Lincoln Field a fortnight ago when they rebounded at the expense of the Philadelphia Eagles 42-30. Another win like that would go down well amongst Kansas City fans – although, to date, it’s their only cover. The Chiefs are 1-4-0 against the spread (ATS).
WFT Upset By The Saints
Barely thirty minutes into the season and Ron Rivera’s Football Team was in dire straits, down its starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick who suffered a hip injury. It wasn’t the best of situations for the NFC East champions, but they’ve managed to stoically muddle through. It hasn’t been pretty, but it hasn’t been awful either.
WFT is coming off a 33-22 loss to the New Orleans Saints at FedEx Field last Sunday. It was a discouraging result after the drama and excitement following the 34-30 upset over the Atlanta Falcons in Week 4. The Football Team stormed back in the final four minutes of the game to erase an 8-point deficit and score 12 unanswered points.
There were no such heroics against the Saints last weekend. The Football Team took its third loss of the season and slipped to a 2-3-0 record and 1-4-0 record against the spread (ATS). In fact, the only game the WFT covered was the upset win over the Falcons.
The WFT lost their season opener to the Los Angeles Chargers 20-16, but they bounced back with a come-from-behind 30-29 win over the New York Giants. The Bills roughed up Rivera’s boys in a 43-21 loss in Week 3.
Washington’s defense was talked up going into this season, but after five games, they’re not quite as dominating or daunting as many expected they’d be. They’ve struggled both against good and bad teams, while the team overall is struggling to keep games close for all four quarters.
All of this is good news for Andy Reid’s side as they look to bounce back in Week 6. It’s also partly why the Chiefs are laying a touchdown on the road. At this rate, the NFC East could prove to be Kansas City’s personal punching bag.
The Chiefs at -7 are laying a lot of points to cover considering their struggles, but it’s hard to take the WFT for the Week 6 NFL picks instead. If Taylor Heinicke couldn’t keep up with Jameis Winston, how is he supposed to go toe-to-toe with Mahomes?
NFL Pick: Chiefs -7 (-108)
*The pick reflects the line at the moment the writer made the play, the odds at the beginning of this article show the live line movement. Since the lines might vary, don’t forget to refer back to our live odds.