Green Bay Packers at Kansas City Chiefs- 9/1/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Green Bay Packers (11-7) at Kansas City Chiefs (12-6)
NFL Football: Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Arrowhead Stadium)
The Line: Kansas City Chiefs -3.5 -- Over/Under: 38.5 See the Latest Odds
The Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs meet up at Arrowhead on Thursday as both teams look to build on their road wins last week.
The Packers look to use their preseason finale as a tune up before the real action gets going next week and they face a stiff test against the Chiefs who have looked pretty good so far this preseason and is expected to do some damage in the AFC West again this year. Green Bay though has as much hype as anybody thanks to the return of Jordy Nelson and the slimming down of Eddie Lacy and with the addition of Jared Cook and Randall Cobb looking to regain form this Packers offense should be in for a big year statistically and that usually means good things in the win column. As for tonight though, we likely won’t see much out of their explosive offense for too long and even their big play makers on defense may be idle for most of this one but that can be said about the Chiefs as well which would quickly turn this into a battle of which team has more depth.
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The Chiefs were a playoff team a season ago and many expect they will get back to that form here as they have a very strong defense and return Jamaal Charles who can be a top three running back in the NFL when healthy. KC though still has Alex Smith at quarterback and while he has played in a Super Bowl and is an efficient game manager he isn’t really a difference maker that elite teams possess and in a division that includes the vaunted Broncos defense and an improving Raiders side that includes Khalil Mack and former Chiefs corner Sean Smith, the Chiefs offense could become one dimensional in a hurry.
Green Bay is 4-0 in their last four road games ATS in September, 5-1 ATS in their last six road games, and 20-9-1 in their last 30 games on grass while the Chiefs are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 on grass and 2-5 ATS in their last seven Thursday games. The Chiefs don’t fare too well against the NFC North and while this is the preseason I am inclined to look at that trend continuing here as the Packers at least cover the number.