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Seattle Seahawks vs. Kansas City Chiefs - 12/23/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Kansas City Chiefs (11-3) at Seattle Seahawks (8-6)
Date & Time Sunday December 23, 2018, 8:20 PM (EST)
Location
The Line
The Line: Seattle Seahawks +2.5 -- Over/Under: 53
TV Channel
NBC
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The Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks meet Sunday in NFL action at CenturyLink Field. 

The Kansas City Chiefs look to lockup a top seed in the AFC after winning six of their last eight games. The Kansas City Chiefs have won five of their last seven road games. Patrick Mahomes is completing 67.1 percent of his passes for 4,543 yards, 45 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Mahomes has three or more touchdown passes in nine of the 15 games this season. Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce have combined for 2,524 receiving yards and 21 touchdowns while Sammy Watkins has 40 receptions. The Kansas City Chiefs ground game is averaging 114.4 yards per contest, and Spencer Ware leads the way with 246 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Kansas City is allowing 27.1 points and 409.4 yards per game. Anthony Hitchens leads the Kansas City Chiefs with 114 tackles, Chris Jones has 14 sacks and Steven Nelson has four interceptions.

The Seattle Seahawks look to stay in the NFC playoff hunt after winning six of their last nine games. The Seattle Seahawks have won their last three home games. Russell Wilson is completing 66.3 percent of his passes for 3,025 yards, 31 touchdowns and six interceptions. Wilson has three touchdown passes in five of his last 10 games. Tyler Lockett and Doug Baldwin have combined for 1,265 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns while David Moore has 23 receptions. The Seattle Seahawks ground game is averaging 154.9 yards per contest, and Chris Carson leads the way with 913 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Seattle is allowing 20.9 points and 359.7 yards per game. Bobby Wagner leads the Seattle Seahawks with 114 tackles, Frank Clark has 12 sacks and Bradley McDougald has three interceptions.

The Chiefs are 20-8-1 ATS in their last 29 road games, 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss and 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Seahawks are 23-10-1 ATS in their last 34 games in December, 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Chiefs are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 meetings and the favorite is 12-5 ATS in their last 17 meetings. The over is 4-0 in Chiefs last 4 games overall. The over is 5-1 in Seahawks last 6 games overall. 

The Kansas City Chiefs could possibly be running out of gas, as their last four games have included losing to the Los Angeles Rams in a shootout, nearly getting tripped up by the Oakland Raiders, needing overtime to beat the Baltimore Ravens and losing to the Los Angeles Chargers on the last play. The Seattle Seahawks are coming off a brutal overtime loss to the San Francisco 49ers, but they're outscoring teams by an average of 14.6 points in their last three home games. The Kansas City Chiefs have failed to cover five of their last six games when a favorite of any kind. The Seattle Seahawks are 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 games when an underdog of any kind. The Chiefs don't look nearly as unbeatable as they once did, and while they've had extra time to prepare for this game, I'm starting to worry that they're a bit too soft to be taken seriously as a title contender. The Seattle Seahawks are a nightmare at home, and under the bright lights of Sunday night, with their playoff hopes on the line, the defense will come to play. I get the feeling that the wrong team is favored in this game when you factor in the home crowd of Seattle.

Pick:
Seattle Seahawks +2.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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