The Kansas City Chiefs had the best record in the 2020 NFL regular season, but they ended having their worst performance when they needed to compete the most.
Bettors found it somewhat easy to pick on the Chiefs throughout the past NFL season. The team was tough to pick for NFL betting purposes, as the team didn’t beat the spread as often as people would have hoped.
The sportsbooks saw gave the Chiefs some high numbers this season, but they weren’t able to match them throughout the season.
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— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) February 16, 2021
The Chiefs had one of the league’s best offenses, as the team tallied almost thirty points per game. The team had a good defense as well, giving up 22.6 points per game.
But the Chiefs struggled to beat the spread throughout the season. The team went 7-9 ATS, which included a 1-7 spell during the second half of the season.
Sportsbooks might have been a little too lofty on Patrick Mahomes and the rest of the team’s offense, as they defeated the Denver Broncos by six points when they had a -13 spread and beat the Carolina Panthers by two points despite a -10 spread.
Some of those games were bad beats where the Chiefs barely missed the spread. The Chiefs were half a point from matching a spread against the New Orleans Saints, and they were also half a point away from Tampa Bay during their initial regular season game.
While the Chiefs did have a point margin of 6.9 per game, the team did contend in an AFC West Division that features rebuilding teams like Denver, the Los Angeles Chargers, and the Las Vegas Raiders. The team’s 43-16 victory in Denver early in the season is a sign of this point.
The Chiefs’ ATS record was worse in the playoffs, as they went 1-2. The team scored 23 points per game, a weaker total due to the Buccaneers’ tough offense and Chad Henne having to play a part of one game due to an injury to Mahomes.
The Chiefs went 8-8 on the over/under this season. The sportsbooks tended to have point totals of at least fifty for most of the team’s games. The Chiefs and Buccaneers had a 56 total during their first match, but the Chiefs won that game 27-24.
What to See in 2021
The Kansas City Chiefs will continue to have some high totals this coming season. Expect them to have a few oversized spreads, as the team still has Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, and Tyreek Hill under contract.
Running back Clyde Edwards-Helarie should be healthy enough to start the coming season to where he could get a thousand rushing yards. Fellow running back Le’Veon Bell will also provide a two-pronged approach to the running game. Tyrann Mathieu will also return on defense, so he should bring in a few more interceptions in 2021.
Expect the totals to be a little higher for some of the team’s upcoming games. The club will compete against the AFC North’s teams in 2021. Expect star quarterbacks like Baker Mayfield, Lamar Jackson, and Joe Burrow to produce a few shootouts.
The Chiefs will also play the NFC East, which might produce a few high-value spreads unless those NFC East clubs can improve this offseason.
The Kansas City Chiefs will be a team to watch for NFL betting purposes in 2021. The Chiefs are already +500 favorites to win Super Bowl LVI, so they are already popular at sportsbooks.
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*Odds correct at time of writing.
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