Free Preseason Week 2 Prediction: Chiefs vs Cardinals NFL Odds
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NFL Handicapping: Preseason Week 2
(1-0) Kansas City Chiefs vs. Arizona Cardinals (1-0)
Date: Friday, August 20th
Time: 8:00 PM ET
Venue: State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
NFL Preseason Week 2 ATS Betting Lines: Chiefs -3
NFL Preseason Week 2 Moneyline Odds: Chiefs -156/ Cardinals +135
NFL Preseason Week 2 NFL Betting Total: 41
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We didn’t see the high flying Chiefs offense we are accustomed to in the preseason opener, but KC was still able to pull out a 19-16 win in San Francisco last week. Pat Mahomes threw just two passes in that game, so will we see more of him in week 2?
The Cardinals were also in a 19-16 game in their preseason opener, taking down the Cowboys who had an edge playing in their 2nd exhibition contest . Arizona played it safe with their franchise QB, holding Kyler Murray out of the game.
Kansas City Chiefs
It’s possible Mahomes plays a bit more on Friday night, but what do the Chiefs really need to prove? KC won by 14+ in three of their first four games last year without a preseason, and return many of the key cogs that have been with the team 2-3+ years.
Andy Reid played four QBs in the preseason opener last week, with veteran Chad Henne going 6 for 9 with a TD and rookie Shane Buechele hitting 8 of 11 for 76 yards. QB Anthony Gordon also got snaps, and with the Chiefs trying to see what they have for depth the offense threw the ball 39 times.
One area the Chiefs will want to shore up in the preseason week 2 is their run defense, which allowed 175 yards on the ground to San Francisco in the opener. KC gave up the big play on the ground with a couple 20+ yard rushes against them, which isn’t good against a Cardinals squad that has a good ground attack.
A big question for the Cardinals on Friday night is who they play? Murray didn’t take any snaps last week neither did veteran WRs DeAndre Hopkins or A.J. Green. You’d think the trio gets some time together to work on chemistry, but the threat of injury may be too big of a risk.
Arizona still has some value even if their offensive stars don’t play a ton of reps Friday night. Chris Streveler saw extended playing time in last year’s season finale, but couldn’t will the Cardinals to a playoff berth with a loss to the Rams. Streveler hit 12 of 24 passes last week and ran for another 55.
The Cardinals also have experience under center with the offseason addition of 10+ year veteran Colt McCoy. He hit 6 of 7 passes in the first preseason game, showing the ability to pick up a playbook rather quickly.
Something else not to discount is Kliff Kingsbury trying to establish a winning culture early on in the preseason. He was just 1-3 in his exhibition debut in 2019 and the team finished 5-10-1.
4* Free NFL Betting Prediction: Cardinals +3
Arizona looks like the play getting points at home in what is essentially a toss up game. We may see Murray and Hopkins (and maybe Green) for a drive or two, but the Cardinals backups including 2nd round pick Rondale Moore really give Arizona an edge late in this one.
The Chiefs just don’t have a ton to play for in this one. Mahomes may get another rep or two, but why would the Chiefs risk the health of Tyreek Hill or Travis Kelce? KC got ran against last week, and Arizona can repeat that on Friday night.
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