Kansas City Chiefs vs. Arizona Cardinals: NFL Week 14 Betting Odds and Picks

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Arizona Cardinals
Sunday, 12/7/14, 4:05 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Kansas City PK
Current Betting Line:  Kansas City -1
Opening Total:  40
Current Total:  40
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Kansas City Chiefs have dropped back-to-back games versus division rivals heading into Sunday's non-conference matchup
The Kansas City Chiefs have dropped back-to-back games versus division rivals heading into Sunday’s non-conference matchup

Kansas City has dropped back-to-back games, including a 29-16 defeat to the Denver Broncos as one-point home favorites last week, while losing the statistical battle in five consecutive affairs.  The Chiefs are playing great defense in leading the league against the pass, which can’t be ignored when looking over the NFL betting lines, but the unit is allowing foes to average 4.93 yards per carry on the ground.  It’s important to point out that its Week 14 opponent runs the ball less than 40 percent of the time in 2014.  Kansas City is 3-7 SU and 4-6 ATS in December the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 5-4-1 in that situation.

The Chiefs are getting no scoring production out of their wide receivers, which is important to consider when making your NFL betting picks, as the group has 91 combined receptions and zero touchdowns.  Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith hasn’t been able to extend the field vertically, but he has managed to complete over 50 percent of his passes when the ball travels 15 or more yards through the air.

Arizona returns home after dropping consecutive games for the first time this season, as suffered a 29-18 defeat to the Atlanta Falcons as 1.5-point favorites last time out—getting out-gained by 171 yards in the process.  The Cardinals have the second-best point differential in the fourth quarter this season with a plus-59 figure, but they’ve also turned the ball over four more times tan their opponents the last three weeks.  Arizona is 5-13 SU and 8-10 ATS versus teams with a winning record the last two-plus seasons.

The Cardinals have won 10 of their last 11 games at University of Phoenix Stadium, including a perfect 6-0 mark this year.  Arizona quarterback Drew Stanton has thrown just three touchdowns and been picked off five times since regular signal-caller Carson Palmer went down with a season-ending injury.  It hasn’t helped that the former Michigan State star is working with limited weapons, as star wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has been out the last two weeks with a knee injury.

Sports bettors will likely back the Chiefs due to their 4-0 ATS mark in their last four games following a double-digit loss at home.

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