Cincinnati Bengals at Kansas City Chiefs NFL Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/7/14
Cincinnati Bengals (11-5) at Kansas City Chiefs (11-5)
NFL Football: Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Arrowhead Stadium)
The Line: Kansas City Chiefs -2 -- Over/Under: 33.5 See the Latest Odds
The Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs begin their preseason with a matchup on Thursday at Arrowhead Stadium.
The Bengals hope to return to the playoffs once again with a team that’s very similar to last seasons. Led by quarterback Andy Dalton, who just received a monster contract extension, with A.J. Green and Giovani Bernard there to help out as well. The Bengals also have one of the better backup tight ends in the league with Tyler Eifert entering his second season, and he’s been killing training camp. The Bengals backup quarterbacks include veteran Jason Campbell and rookie AJ McCarron, which make for an intriguing group of quarterbacks. Campbell threw for more than 2,000 yards and 11 touchdowns last season with the Cleveland Browns. The Bengals have one of the most aggressive and youthful defenses in the league that should allow many of its younger players to see the field early. Watch out for players like Dre Kirkpatrick and Sam Montgomery.
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The Chiefs can’t help but be excited after last year’s success and with everybody returning for another shot. On the offensive side, the Chiefs are led by Alex Smith, Dwayne Bowe and Jamaal Charles, guys who are all proven and likely won’t see more than a few snaps. That makes the backups ever so important for the Chiefs, and their backup QBs include draft bust Chase Daniel, and rookies Tyler Bray and Aaron Murray. Yikes. It will be interesting to see how these young players perform for the first time, but that’s a group of signal-callers that is going to be hard to trust with any serious cash. Defensively, the Chiefs proved to be one of the best units in the league with Eric Berry, Sean Smith and Derrick Johnson. That won’t change much.
I keep saying that preseason comes down to the play of the backup quarterbacks, and I trust a journeyman in Campbell more than I trust a group of rookies.
Give me the Bengals and the points, please.