There has been some angst about the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs this season. The Eagles aren’t as dominant as last season. The Chiefs’ offense hasn’t really come along.
And yet, both teams have mastered a skill that many other teams in the NFL this season have not: They win games. The Eagles are 8-1, the Chiefs are 7-2 and the Detroit Lions are the only other team with fewer than three losses. It’s really not that bad in Philly or Kansas City.
Last season’s Super Bowl teams meet again Monday night in what might be the best matchup of the NFL season. The Chiefs are 2.5-point home favorites at BetMGM.
We all remember the last time these teams met. Jalen Hurts was amazing and was the rare player from a losing team who probably deserved Super Bowl MVP. Patrick Mahomes did win Super Bowl MVP, rallying his team in the fourth quarter on a bad ankle. The Chiefs won on a field goal in the final seconds.
The biggest question for the rematch could be Kansas City’s offense. The discussion about that group is probably a little overblown. Kansas City is still a very good offense that ranks 11th in points scored and eighth in yards. But it does seem like step down from the typical Chiefs offense with Mahomes. They’ve scored 20 or fewer points four times this season, including just nine points against the Broncos (Mahomes was dealing with the flu in that game). If the Eagles can limit Travis Kelce, the Chiefs are going to have to figure out other options and their supporting players haven’t always been reliable this season.
The question is if the Eagles have the defense to limit what the Chiefs do. They’re 17th in points allowed, 14th in yards allowed and 19th in DVOA. It has been an average at best defense. The offense has been fine, especially with A.J. Brown having an incredibly season, but there’s a reason an 8-1 team has just a +57 point differential. The Eagles have been good and keep winning games but have rarely been dominant this season.
It will be a tremendous game. Both teams have their flaws this season, but fewer flaws than just about everyone else in the NFL. The winner will look like a decent bet to make it back to the Super Bowl.
Here’s a first look at the sports betting slate for Monday:
Some great college hoops
While a great NFL game is the highlight of the day, don’t sleep on the college basketball schedule. There are multiple tournaments getting started Monday including the Maui Invitational, which has an absolutely loaded field. Purdue vs. Gonzaga would be a title game in most early-season tournaments; at the Maui it’s just a game on Monday. Purdue is a 4.5-point favorite. That might not even be the best game in Hawaii on Monday. UCLA takes on Marquette on Monday night. The Golden Eagles are a 5.5-point favorite and they look like they could win the Big East again this season.
There are great games all across the sport this week. If you haven’t tuned into college hoops yet, Feast Week is a great time to start.
NBA continues on
There are also eight NBA games on Monday. There are a few big spreads on the Monday schedule, but a few good matchups. The Sacramento Kings-New Orleans Pelicans game should be entertaining. The Kings are a 1.5-point road favorite. The Minnesota Timberwolves are a 3.5-point home favorite against the New York Knicks. The 9-3 Timberwolves look very good early this season. And late Monday the Golden State Warriors host the Houston Rockets. The Rockets are a 6.5-point favorite but they’ve been an early surprise. They’re 7-3-1 against the spread so far.
Some good NHL games
If Eagles-Chiefs and all those basketball games aren’t enough, it’s a pretty good night in the NHL. The 13-1-2 Boston Bruins will be tested on the road by the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Bruins are a -130 favorite. And the 12-2-1 New York Rangers face the 11-4-1 Dallas Stars. Dallas is a -135 home favorite.
What’s the best bet?
While I do like Purdue to cover as a small favorite against Gonzaga, I’ll stick with the NFL’s marquee game. I still believe in the Eagles, who have perhaps the most complete roster in the league. It’s tough to pick anyone to go on the road and beat the Chiefs, but I’ll do it. Give me the Eagles and the points, and I think they win straight up as well.