NFL Week 8 Picks and Predictions: Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs
Betting odds courtesy of 5dimes
The Kansas City Chiefs have stormed out to a 7-0 start and are expected to keep the winning ways going at home against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday afternoon. The Chiefs are 9-point favorites over the Browns at home.
Cleveland appeared to be getting on the right track after the perplexing trade of Trent Richardson, but a short-lived three-game win streak has been dismantled by losses to Detroit and Green Bay the last two weeks. Neither contest was particularly close, and the Browns surrendered 31 points to both teams. Comparatively, the most Cleveland has scored itself this season is 27, and that was done in a losing effort.
Without Richardson, the Browns seemingly are a team without a franchise player. Brandon Weeden may not be the QB of the future, and he’s thrown for just 52.8 percent completion this season with six interceptions and 21 sacks on the year, helping account for a miserable QB rating of just 66.5. With Richardson gone, the Browns have no rushing threats, with leading rusher Willis McGahee averaging under three yards per carry.
Kansas City has been pleased to say the least with Alex Smith. Smith threw 70.2 percent for completion a year ago in San Francisco, but in full-time duty his completion ratio has dropped to 58 percent. Still, he has thrown seven TDs to just four interceptions and he has yet to fumble this season. The 9th year QB from Utah has a virtual catalog of receivers with six Chiefs having at least 10 receptions on the season.
Donnie Avery has 343 yards on catches and running back Jamaal Charles has caught 337 yards while having rushed for 561 on 135 attempts. The Chiefs offense is potent and has a varied attack. Cleveland does have an effective defense to bolster its chances, but it is tough to imagine the Browns generating enough offense to stay in this one.
Cleveland Betting Trends:
UNDER 4-0 in last 4 in week 8; 0-4 ATS in last 4 road games vs teams with winning home records; UNDER 7-1 in last 8 after accumulating less than 150 passing yards
Kansas City Betting Trends:
UNDER 7-1 in last 8 following SU win; UNDER 14-3 in last 17 vs teams with losing road records; UNDER 21-5 in last 26 home games.
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