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Atlanta Falcons vs. Kansas City Chiefs - 8/17/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Kansas City Chiefs (0-1) at Atlanta Falcons (0-1)

NFL Football: Friday, August 17, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Mercedes-Benz Stadium)

The Line: Atlanta Falcons -2.5 -- Over/Under: 38 See the Latest Odds

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The Kansas City Chiefs and the Atlanta Falcons face off in week 2 NFL preseason action from Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Friday. 

The Kansas City Chiefs will look to get back on track after losing their preseason opener against Houston by a final score of 17-10. Chad Henne saw the bulk of the work under center, going 8 for 14 passing with 91 yards and a touchdown that was cancelled out by an interception. Damien Williams led the Chiefs in rushing with 20 rushing yards while Kerwynn Williams and Darrel Williams each had a team-high 6 carries. Demarcus Robinson led the Chiefs receivers with 48 receiving yards and a touchdown while Alex Ellis caught a team high 4 passes in the losing effort. Defensively, Ben Niemann led the Chiefs with 4 tackles while the Chiefs defense as a whole held the Texans’ offense to 272 yards of total offense. 

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Atlanta Falcons vs. Kansas City Chiefs - 8/17/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Atlanta Falcons on the other hand also dropped their preseason opener, but were shut out by the New York Jets by a final score of 17-0. Kurt Benkert led the Falcons with 125 yards passing along with an interception on 9 of 17 passing while Matt Schaub threw for 54 yards on a perfect 9 for 9 passing. Malik Williams led the Falcons’ ground game with 6 carries for a team-high 19 yards while Devin Gray caught a team-high 4 passes for 83 yards and Justin Crawford added 4 receptions of his own. Jonathan Celestin recorded an interception while Demontae Kazee led Atlanta with 9 tackles as the Falcons allowed 253 yards of total offense in the loss. 

Kansas City is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games on grass. Atlanta is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games while the under is 7-0 in their last 7 games overall and 33-16-2 in their last 51 games on grass. The over is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams. 

Neither of these two got off to the start that they wanted to in their respective openers, but despite not getting the win I actually liked what the Chiefs put together on the field. The Falcons held their own against the Jets but just couldn’t get on the board and last time I checked, preseason or not, you need to score points to have a chance at winning games. I’ll take a shot with the Chiefs and the points in a game I see Kansas City winning outright.

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