In Thursday’s NFL Kickoff Game, the Kansas City Chiefs will begin their title defense. They’ll play the Detroit Lions at the GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. The Kansas City Chiefs displayed their dominance last season, going 17-3 to clinch the Super Bowl. On the flip side, the Detroit Lions struggled with a 9-8 record. This left them in second place in the NFC North and out of postseason qualification. With unwavering determination, the Kansas City Chiefs set their sights on laying the foundation for another championship pursuit. Will they secure victory on their home turf? Or will the Detroit Lions disrupt their title aspirations with an unexpected triumph? The answer awaits on the field.
Form Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs ended their last match on a high note, beating the Cleveland Browns by a score of 33-32. They finished the preseason with a 2-1 record. Their overall record last term was 17-3 and 9-1 at home.
The Kansas City Chiefs had one of the most productive offenses in the preseason, with an average of 31.7 points scored. The prior season, they had managed to tally 29.2 points on average. On the defensive front, the Kansas City Chiefs allowed an average of 22.7 points during the preseason and 22.2 points in the last term.
The Kansas City Chiefs are considered frontrunners to retain the Super Bowl. Their impressive roster fuels high expectations. With a strong track record, they enter the season as favorites. All eyes are on them as they aim to secure another title.
Form Detroit Lions
The Detroit Lions concluded their most recent match on a positive note, achieving a victory over Carolina Panthers with a score of 17-26. During the preseason, the Detroit Lions’s record was 2-1. The season before that, they had an overall record of 9-8 with a 4-4 record while playing away games.
The Detroit Lions encountered trouble establishing a steady offensive tempo during the preseason, with an average of 18.0 points per game. This was in contrast to the 26.6 points they averaged in the prior season. Defensively, the Detroit Lions allowed an average of 19.3 points throughout the preseason and 25.1 points in the prior campaign.
The Detroit Lions face an uphill battle this season. Many doubt their chances of securing a spot in the playoffs. But with low expectations comes an opportunity to surprise their opponents and make a statement this season. They are ready to put in the hard work and fight for their place among the league’s elite.
The Kansas City Chiefs came away with a 30-34 win in their previous encounter with the Detroit Lions at the Ford Field on September 2019. The Kansas City Chiefs and the Detroit Lions have each secured two wins in their past four meetings, making the upcoming matchup a tiebreaker in terms of outright wins in this series.
In their four most recent contests between these teams, the Kansas City Chiefs averaged 25.5 points per game, while the Detroit Lions had a scoring average of 28.25 points per game.
Detroit Lions at Kansas City Chiefs odds
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- Moneyline (ML): Detroit Lions (+225) | Kansas City Chiefs (-275)
- Against the spread (ATS): Detroit Lions +6.5 (-110) | Kansas City Chiefs -6.5 (-110)
- Over/Under (O/U): 54.0 (-110) | (-110)
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Go for the Kansas City Chiefs to win (1.36) as your winning pick.
Following their 33-32 victory over the Cleveland Browns, the Kansas City Chiefs are now on a 4-1 run. They’re the favorites to continue their winning ways on Thursday with -275 odds, suggesting a 73% chance of a home victory. Even though the Detroit Lions secured an 17-26 victory over the Carolina Panthers, they are currently listed as +225 underdogs. Their recent performance shows a total of four wins in six games.
In this highly anticipated NFL matchup, all signs point to the Kansas City Chiefs (-275). The home team has beaten the Detroit Lions in the past two meetings. This, along with the added advantage of playing on familiar turf, has us picking a Kansas City Chiefs win at the GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium.
Against the Spread
Take the Kansas City Chiefs -6.5 (1.91) as they are the best bet.
The Kansas City Chiefs are favored by 6.5 points against the Detroit Lions in Week 1 betting lines. This leaves them heavy favorites to win Thursday’s game outright. The last four matchups between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Detroit Lions have been quite one-sided, with an average winning margin of 22.3 points.
In the preseason, the Kansas City Chiefs covered two of their three games. Their record during the previous campaign was 9-11 ATS. In terms of covering the spread, the Kansas City Chiefs have been a safe bet recently. They have covered the spread in their last two outings, going 4-1 ATS in their last five matchups in all.
In the preseason, the Detroit Lions covered two of their three games. Their record during the previous campaign was 12-5 ATS. The visitors are 2-1 ATS from their three most recent road trips, as well as 4-2 ATS in their last six games overall.
Taking the Total under 54.0 (1.91) is the smart pick for this showdown.
The Kansas City Chiefs and the Detroit Lions have a history of impressive offensive performances against each other. In fact, they’ve averaged 53.75 points per game in their last four matchups together.
The latest game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Detroit Lions is projected to have a total line of 54.0 points by the oddsmakers, which is 0.2 points higher than the average of 53.75 points the two teams scored in their last five meetings.
During preseason, the Kansas City Chiefs had three of their three games go above the total. Their record from the previous season stood at 9-11 O/U. The total averaged 48.0 points across the last five Kansas City Chiefs home games, going under three times.
The score went over in two of the three games the Detroit Lions played in preseason. Their O/U record from the previous campaign was 9-8. The total has gone under in one of the last three Detroit Lions road games, averaging 46.3 points. The Under went 5-4 across the previous nine matches overall.