St. Louis Rams (2-4) at Kansas City Chiefs (3-3)
|Date & Time||Sunday October 26, 2014, 1:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Kansas City Chiefs -6.5 -- Over/Under: 43
The Kansas City Chiefs and the St. Louis Rams face off on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium for an NFL Week 8 matchup.
The Kansas City Chiefs are coming off of a huge win at San Diego as they try to get over .500 for the season. It has been hit and miss for the Chiefs as they either look like world beaters or lose games that appear winnable. QB Alex Smith focuses on playing within himself and not making big mistakes completing 64 percent of his passes with nine touchdowns and four interceptions. Knile Davis and Jamaal Charles are splitting carries both averaging over 4.2 yards per carry and combining for five touchdowns and Travid Kelce leads the Chiefs in receptions with 24 and three touchdowns. Defensively Kansas City is second in the NFL against the pass allowing 209 yards per game. Josh Mauga is the Chiefs’ leading tackler with 41 as Justin Houston has seven sacks and Tamba Hali has four and three fumble recoveries. The Chiefs are minus two in turnover ratio but they are still very much in the mix for the playoffs.
The St. Louis Rams are coming off of their best game of the season beating the Seahawks in a game they put the offense, defense, and special teams together. The Rams have faced a series of challenges this season but as of late it is Austin Davis who is the QB completing 66 percent of his passes with nine touchdowns and four interceptions. Tre mason has been the running back the past two games responding with a 5.4 yards per cary average while Benny Cunningham as two rushing touchdowns and 16 receptions while Jared Cook leads the Rams in receptions with 26. The St. Louis defense is 31stin points allowed but they looked much better this past week as they got the pass rush going. Alec Ogletree has 39 tackles, James Laurinaitis has 37 tackles, and T.J. McDonald has 38 tackles. It’s clear the Rams have the talent to win games they just need to be more consistent on both sides of the ball.
Kansas City is 4-1 against the spread in their last five games, 1-6 against the spread in their last seven home games, and 5-1 against the spread after gaining more than 350 yards in their previous game. St. Louis is 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games, 1-4 against the spread in their last five road games, and 1-4 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread. Kansas City has covered the point spread in their last five meetings with St. Louis.
The total is set at 43.5 and I don’t see much offense here and I see this one staying under the total. My stronger pick is on who will cover the spread and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as on the App.