NFL picks and predictions: Chiefs remain popular choice over Cardinals
By Jacob Harris
Various experts have made their picks and predictions from around the sports media world and everyone is putting their money on the Chiefs this week.
I can’t lie. This week it’s really difficult to come up with any way to frame the Kansas City Chiefs’ upcoming game with the Arizona Cardinals as one that will be any sort of competitive.
The Chiefs are one of the two or three best teams in the NFL, and the Cardinals are, well, not. They’re bad. Which isn’t too huge a shock, given their being in some semblance of a rebuilding state, but now a bad team is tasked with coming into Arrowhead to face a blue hot (even hotter than white hot!) Chiefs offense. The Chiefs should win, and it shouldn’t be close.
This is the part where I’d normally say “but” and then lay out examples of great teams losing to bad teams. I’m not going to do that, because this season it’s very simple—the only thing that’s gonna stop this team is either Patrick Mahomes having a bad game or the defense absolutely imploding. There’s no reason to believe the Cardinals can force a bad game out of Mahomes, and there’s equally no reason to believe the Chiefs defense will fully implode against an anemic Arizona attack.
The experts across NFL punditry agree, as once again this week there’s not much to report outside of everyone picking this Chiefs.
Once again, all Chiefs.
Once again, Jason La Canfora is the lone pick against the Chiefs. Obviously someone needs to check if he’s just hitting the wrong button at this point.
The Chiefs are again heavy favorites with an 88% win probability. They also remain as FiveThirtyEight’s favorite to win it all, staying at an 18% Super Bowl win probability.
There’s no way around it; even more than last week against the Cleveland Browns, the Chiefs should win big this week against the Cardinals. It’s fairly easy to see Chad Henne getting his first regular-season snaps as a Chief on Sunday, as it’s far more likely that this will be a blowout than a close contest.
It’s strange being this confident in the Chiefs. Historically no matter how good they’ve been, the bubble-burst was just around the corner. That doesn’t feel like the case this year. Outside of nightmarish injury scenarios that are horrible to even contemplate, this team is going to make a deep playoff run. They’ve established themselves as Super Bowl contenders and should roll through the Cardinals on their way to a big matchup with the Los Angeles Rams in Mexico.