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|Kansas City Chiefs||-2.5
|New Orleans Saints||+2.5
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Without Brees under center, these Saints don’t seem strong enough to beat this Chiefs team that can win any game, any week, especially with such a narrow spread.
Chiefs -2.5 (-122)
|Chiefs vs Saints Information|
|What||Kansas City Chiefs vs New Orleans Saints|
|Where||Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA|
|When||Sunday, December 20, 2020; 4:25 PM ET|
|How to watch||CBS|
In Week 14, Kansas City eventually took down the Miami Dolphins, final score 33-27, but the Chiefs looked slightly shaky doing it, with quarterback Patrick Mahomes showing some unheard of inconsistency by tossing 3 picks (he has just 5 on the season now), but regardless they are 12-1 and atop the AFC West.
The New Orleans Saints earned their third loss of the season in Week 14 to an Eagles team that benched their starter, Carson Wentz, and played a rookie, Jalen Hurts, but despite that the Saints backup QB Taysom Hill could not get the job done, the team missing Drew Brees now more than ever, his return still up in the air.
The two cross-conference rivals have only met each other 11 other times, with the New Orleans Saints winning 5 of those games and the Kansas City Chiefs winning 6 of the games.
The Chiefs 17th ranked defense is by no means horrible – after all, they keep opponents to just 21.6 points on average per game – it’s just that they seem to be struggling a bit against the run these days.
They’re 26th against rushing attacks after allowing opponents to gain 128 yards on the ground per game, something that Saints OC Pete Carmichael is most likely aware of and is including that in the offensive game plan featuring the RB tandem of Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray.
Kansas City’s defense is fortunate in that their offense can often make up for their errors with an insane number of points on the scoreboard, but against these high-scoring Saints (28.3 pts/g) that might not work well enough.
The Saints currently have the second most effective defense in the league after allowing opponents to gain just 286 total yards per game, with only the Rams doing better, a strength that has helped the team find victories without their starting QB under center.
Against the run, the Saints are second only to the Bucs, their defensive wall, led by DE’s Cameron Jordan and Marcus Davenport, only allowing opponents to gain an average of 89 yards per game, something that the Chiefs will have to take into consideration when game planning their offense for this one.
When it comes to stopping the pass, New Orleans is a top-4 team that keeps opponents to an average of 209 yards through the air each game, over a hundred yards less than what Mahomes and company are used to posting (317.5 yds/g), so expect this to be a battle on this front, as well.
Tyreek Hill’s nickname is Cheetah for the excellent reason that he runs about as fast as one, and when you watch him and QB Patrick Mahomes work together on the deep routes, it’s every bit as exciting as the best nature show highlights out there.
Hill combines his unique speed with soft hands and quick feet that can make cuts that enhance his ability to break away, all of which makes him a huge key to the KC offense that features a passing attack run by one of the best young arms in the game in Mahomes.
In 2020, Hill’s fifth NFL season, he has posted 77 completions for 1,158 yards and currently leads the league in receiver touchdowns with 14, averaging 89 receiving yards per game on the season.
When asked to temporarily replace an injured Hall of Fame caliber starting quarterback, Saints backup QB Taysom Hill did not hesitate and jumped right onto the field to do the job for which he truly believes he is meant.
Hill is a unique QB in that so far in New Orleans he has been used as a bit of a Swiss Army Knife, taking occasional snaps under center, serving as a slot receiver and for a long time being a key part of the special teams.
But for now, Hill’s job is to prove he can be the future starting QB for the Saints, and his production is supporting that claim, so far keeping his team in the hunt for the first NFC seed in the upcoming playoffs.
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