Bengals vs. Chiefs Point Spread: NFL Week 7 Odds, Prediction

Payton Matthews | Updated Oct 15, 2018

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It wasn’t originally scheduled this way, but the Chiefs are spotlighted in the Sunday night game for the second straight week as they host the Bengals in Week 7.

Cincinnati
6-10
AT
October 21, 2018, 8:20 PM ET
Arrowhead Stadium
Pointspread +6.5 +100
Moneyline +250
Over / Under o +57

21%

Betting Action

79%

Pointspread -6.5 -120
Moneyline -310
Over / Under u +57

21%

Betting Action

79%

Once the season gets a bit deeper, NBC in the United States has the option to “flex” a better game into the Sunday night slot in place of a less-appealing matchup – with a few restrictions.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

If you have some sort of old 2018 NFL schedule lying around you would see Rams at 49ers set for the Week 7 Sunday nighter.

That looks to be a major mismatch, though, with the 49ers struggling and Rams unbeaten so it was pushed out for the Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs, two division leaders. Also in consideration was New England Patriots at Chicago Bears, two other division leaders.

There is one common link between Bengals coach Marvin Lewis and Chiefs counterpart Andy Reid: Both have had plenty of regular-season success but tend to flop in the playoffs. Maybe 2018 will be different; Lewis has never won a playoff game in seven tries.

Cincinnati has won the past five in the series, but not much to take from the last meeting in 2015 because the Chiefs are so much different and so much better offensively now. They are also much worse defensively than in ’15.

Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals seem to find new ways to lose to the Steelers every time those division rivals play and that was the case Sunday in a 28-21 home defeat. Cincinnati took a 21-20 lead with just over a minute to go but allowed Antonio Brown to score untouched on a 31-yard TD pass with 10 seconds remaining. It was Cincinnati’s seventh straight loss in the series.

The Bengals, who are 2-16 at home vs. Pittsburgh under Lewis (including playoffs), also saw three defensive players leave with injuries: linebacker Nick Vigil, cornerback Darqueze Dennard and safety Shawn Williams. Last thing you want to be is defensively short-handed against the high-powered Kansas City offence.

Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs became the last AFC team to lose as they dropped a 43-40 thriller at New England on Sunday night in a possible AFC Championship Game preview. It was also the first-ever NFL game to end with that exact score if you can believe it. Wildly entertaining. Young Patrick Mahomes continued his breakout MVP-calibre season with 352 yards passing and four touchdowns but was picked off twice.

Tyreek Hill, probably the fastest player in the league, showed how unguardable he is with seven catches for 142 yards and three scores. That offence is legit, but once again that Kansas City defence is a major, major problem. Top pass-rusher Justin Houston sat vs. the Patriots and it’s not clear if he will return this week. Star safety Eric Berry has yet to play this year due to a heel injury and probably won’t in Week 7.

Bengals vs. Chiefs Prediction

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