[1:00 PM] Chiefs @ Panthers

Who will WIN this matchup?

Kansas City Chiefs (6-2)

@ Carolina Panthers (3-5)


Current odds:

Kansas City Chiefs: (+150)

Carolina Panthers: (-170)


ESPN simulations have Kansas City as XX% favorites to win the game.

XX% of sports bets are currently on Carolina to win as (TBD) favorites.

The line for this game is Carolina by 3 points.

The Kansas City Chiefs aim for their fifth straight victory Sunday at Carolina, where the Panthers hope to continue a surge of their own. The Chiefs can grab a share of the AFC West lead with a win, while Carolina needs a third consecutive victory to climb back into the playoff picture.

Kansas City’s offense doesn’t put up flashy numbers, but Smith takes care of the ball and Ware has been a workhorse when healthy. Getting Houston back in the mix would add another pass-rushing element to a stout defense that already includes linebacker Dee Ford, who is tied for third in the league with nine sacks – eight of which have come in the last five games. The Chiefs’ biggest weakness is stopping the run, which could be an issue against a strong Carolina ground attack.

Carolina’s offense sputtered to a season-low 244 total yards against the Rams, but the Panthers did not commit a turnover for the first time this season. The running game hasn’t been as effective as last season, but quarterback Cam Newton and running back Jonathan Stewart still form a formidable duo for any defense to stop. The Panthers have stifled the run but struggled against the pass despite leading the NFC with 24 sacks.

Kansas City leads the NFL in takeaways (20) and turnover margin (plus-13).

Carolina’s Greg Olsen leads NFL tight ends in receptions (45) and receiving yards (673).

Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin (30 receptions, 376 yards) is not expected to play after aggravating a groin injury last week.


StreakSmarts Pick: Carolina Panthers

Confidence: 5/10

StreakSmarter Pick