NFL Preseason Week 4 Picks: Green Bay Packers vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Green Bay Packers vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Thursday, 8/29/13, 8:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Kansas City -2.5
Current Betting Line:  Kansas City -4.5
Opening Total:  36.5
Current Total:  36.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Kansas City Chiefs are 0-10 ATS in their L10 preseason games as favorites
The Kansas City Chiefs are 0-10 ATS in their L10 preseason games as favorites

Green Bay has alternated wins and losses in its first three preseason games, as it looks to bounce back from a 17-10 setback to the Seattle Seahawks as 2.5-point home underdogs last Friday, while going UNDER the total for a third consecutive contest.  The Packers own a 7-6-1 advantage over the Chiefs in 14 prior meetings during exhibition play, as the two teams prepare to meet in a preseason finale for a fourth consecutive year.

The Packers have pretty much decided on Vince Young as the backup to starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers, as they released former Texas Tech Raiders star Graham Harrell last Saturday.  Green Bay has some other roster issues to figure out, including which tight ends will land behind Jermichael Finley on the depth chart, while also trying to figure out its No. 5 wide receiver.  Of the 85 players currently on the squad, 44 of them were drafted by the Packers.

Kansas City picked up its first preseason victory after dropping its first two affairs, as it came away with a 26-20 overtime win over the Pittsburgh Steelers as three-point road underdogs last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total of 40.  The Chiefs outgained the Steelers by 55 yards—after losing the statistical battle by a triple-digit margin in their first two games versus the San Francisco 49ers and Pittsburgh Steelers.  Kansas City is 0-10 ATS in its last 10 preseason games as favorites, which is hard to ignore when making your NFL betting picks Thursday night.

The Chiefs may play some of their starters in this matchup, as first-year head coach Andy Reid continues to get acclimated with his new surroundings.  “We’re just getting ready for the Packers and everybody is getting ready to play,” stated Reid.  “We haven’t made any decisions on who’s playing and who is not playing.”  Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith will likely sit this one out, as he comes off a solid performance of completing 17 of 24 passes for 158 yards last time out.

Sports bettors will likely back the Packers in this affair, as the Chiefs have consistently failed to cover the number before the regular season.

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