NFL Week 7 writer predictions: Chiefs predicted to unanimously roll over Bengals
By Matt Conner
In our week 7 writer predictions, the Kansas City Chiefs are unanimously expected to roll over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday night.
It’s here, around this same time last year, that the Kansas City Chiefs began to fall apart.
The Chiefs were the last unbeaten team last year before falling to the Pittsburgh Steelers in a surprising loss that no one took too personally because the Chiefs had been so good up until that point. “It was bound to happen,” we said at the time, uncertain that the Chiefs would continue to lose 6 of 7 total in that midseason stretch.
This year, the Chiefs are fresh off their first loss to the Patriots and the loss earned nothing more than a shrug from anyone in Chiefs Kingdom. Taken as a moral victory, it will be interesting to see if the Chiefs can rebound in a meaningful way or whether it’s the beginning of something bigger and we never saw it coming.
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With Patrick Mahomes around, it’s hard to believe that any sort of losing streak is really on the way, despite how talented the Cincinnati Bengals are on both sides of the ball.
As the Chiefs and Bengals prepare for a Sunday night showdown, we’ve asked our writers to make their predictions. No one is too concerned about last year’s meltdown happening again.
I think the Chiefs will carry the momentum over from last week’s narrow loss to the Patriots and come our firing. This has the potential to be another shootout, but I think the Chiefs defense will perform better than it did last week. I’m looking for Tyreek Hill to have another star performance and continue to see his primetime success. Chiefs 45, Bengals 24
I am terrified that this is the point last year where the Chiefs mysteriously fell apart. However Patrick Mahomes has changed a lot of things for this club and going through another midseason slump doesn’t feel right. The Chiefs offense has proven to be too much for some of the NFL’s toughest teams even on their home turf. I’ve a hard time taking Cincy seriously enough to believe they can win at Arrowhead. Chiefs 27, Bengals 15
Both of these teams have been great on offense. However, the Bengals defense has been much better than K.C. Despite that, I just can’t pick Andy Dalton to out duel Patrick Mahomes under the lights in Arrowhead. It will be a tough game but the Chiefs pull it out. Chiefs 34, Bengals 27
The Chiefs’ defense is bad, but the Bengals are even worse on Sunday Night Football. The Chiefs’ offense combined with the Arrowhead environment will be far too much for Andy Dalton to overcome. A statement win against a tough team on national TV. Chiefs 38, Bengals 21
Expect to see lots of smoke coming off of defensive backs on both teams. We may see a new record for most passing yards in one game combined. The Chiefs will take the lead early and never lose it as the Bengals rack up garbage yards and points in the second half. Chiefs 38, Bengals 28
The Chiefs bounce back after their first loss against a good Bengals team. The Bengals sputter under the Primetime spotlight and the deafening power of Arrowhead. The defense steps up with the return of some injured players, and Mahomes throws 5 TDs (three to Tyreek). Chiefs 42, Bengals 17
In what starts out as a very close game, the Chiefs pull away in the fourth quarter. Tyreek Hill has a huge game of 150+ receiving yards and Patrick Mahomes throws 4 touchdown passes and no interceptions. Chiefs 38, Bengals 31
Both teams will put up a lot of points. But being at Arrowhead, on prime time and with Mahomes and this high-powered offense, they will come out on top. Chiefs 34, Bengals 21
The curse is finally broken! I don’t have to predict that my beloved Chiefs will fall short. and I won’t. I think the Bengals will score some points, but they can’t keep up with the Chiefs at Arrowhead in prime time. Plus, my brother and I will be at this game and the Chiefs are 2-0 when we are in attendance, so it’s pretty much a lock. Mahomes does his thing and lobs 4 touchdowns, Kareem adds one on the ground as well. Chiefs 42, Bengals 28
The Kansas City Chiefs are going to dominate the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday night in Arrowhead. The Bengals simply do not have the talent on their team to keep up with the Chiefs who took a healthy Patriots team to their limit despite the Chiefs being injured. Andy Dalton is not Tom Brady and Sunday night will prove it again. Chiefs 38, Bengals 24