Philadelphia Eagles vs. Kansas City Chiefs Betting Odds, Preview, Pick

OddsShark.comFeatured ColumnistSeptember 19, 2013

KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 29:  Head coach Andy Reid of the Kansas City Chiefs talks with quarterback Chase Daniel #10 during the preseason game against the Green Bay Packers on at Arrowhead Stadium on August 29, 2013 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid won't even talk about Philly cheesesteaks, let alone the Philadelphia Eagles.

Perhaps it's that business-like attitude that has led the Chiefs to a 2-0 start this season. And word is he is preaching a 4-0 start over the first quarter of the season.

Oddsmakers monitored by have installed the Eagles as a three-point favorite in Thursday night's showdown, which returns Reid to face the team that fired him after 14 seasons.

There are also trends that point to the Eagles winning here. They are 4-0 ATS against the Chiefs in four games since 1992, and the Chiefs come in with a 1-11 SU mark in their last dozen games as an underdog.

However, the Eagles can't be trusted with a point spread as a favorite lately, as they have covered just once in seven games when laying points, according to the NFL database.

Kansas City followed its 28-2 thrashing of the Jacksonville Jaguars with a 17-16 win over the Dallas Cowboys this past Sunday. It's been nothing short of discipline and stellar football the past two weeks, as the Chiefs got through their second straight game without throwing an interception or losing a fumble.

This week, the Chiefs' steady offense takes the show on the road for a second time in three weeks, while the league's third-ranked defense takes aim at Michael Vick. The Philadelphia QB is in after throwing for a career-best 428 yards and two touchdowns and running for a score in Sunday's 33-30 home loss to the San Diego Chargers.

It wasn't necessarily the best setback to endure, as the Chargers normally do not travel to the East Coast well, and mistake-prone quarterback Philip Rivers shredded what looked like a defenseless Eagles stop unit for most of the afternoon.

Rivers produced a 124.3 QB rating and completed 36 passes for 419 yards and three touchdowns.

Now, on a short week, Philly must get ready for Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith, who has thrown four touchdown passes, no interceptions, has a 94.7 passer rating and has rushed for 82 yards in the first two games.


Computer Prediction: 34-23 Chiefs (from Odds Shark NFL computer)

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