Kansas City Chiefs vs. Cincinnati Bengals 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 take the field with the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on Thursday.
Andy Dalton looks to lead Cincinnati to their 4th consecutive postseason berth when he takes the field in 2014. Dalton has proven he can win in the regular season but not so much in the playoffs so he looks to reverse those fortunes. The Bengals have the abilty to run, throw and defend but need to do it every Sunday to win the AFC North. While Dalton and top receiver AJ Green might get a few snaps the reserves will be the focus here. Giovani Bernard takes over for the aging BenJarvus Green-Ellis at running back but I don't think we'll see much of either which leaves Jeremy Hill to possibly get a look. Overall I don't see many top names exposed to injury with Jason Campbell probably doing little more then hand the ball off in his time on the field as backup to Dalton.
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The big question for Kansas City fans and Eagles fans is can Andy Reid duplicate his first year success. Reid turned the Chiefs in to a playoff team after leaving Philadelphia below .500 in a division that wasn't all that strong. Alex Smith and Reid meshed well and with Chase Daniel KC has a competent backup. Jamaal Charles is a tremendous runner and with De'Anthony Thomas the Chiefs will have two 'lightning in the bottle' type runners. The question mark is at receiver where Dwayne Bowe led the team with 57 catches and could be an area where Reid and company want to work on in the preseason. Having known Reid in Philly I know he gradually breaks the starters in so we will see mostly free agents and reserve players Thursday.
Points were plentiful for the Bengals in the preseason a year ago and Kansas City did some early scoring a year ago as well which has me leaning over; for now...