Green Bay hosts Kansas City as 7-Point Chalk
Monday Night Football features the Kansas City Chiefs visiting the Green Bay Packers. Both teams are coming off emotional games in Week 2 with outcomes that were very different.
The Chiefs lost to bitter rivals the Denver Broncos giving up 14 points in the final 36 seconds of the game, while the Packers were very satisfied with exacting some revenge on the Seattle Seahawks when then beat the defending NFC Champions 27-17 last Sunday night.
Kansas City gave up a touchdown pass to Peyton Manning with 36 second left to play which tied the score at 24. One the first play of scrimmage following the kickoff to Kansas City, Jamaal Charles fumbled and Bradley Roby ran the ball in for a 21 touchdown giving the Broncos a 31-24 win.
Andy Reid the Kansas City head coach said it was quite simple – five turnovers and penalties of 70 yards, which makes it difficult to win with those stats.
This week the Chiefs must travel to Lambeau Field where the Packers have won 10 straight games and where Aaron Rodgers is on an even big run.
The reigning league MVP has thrown 539 passes with 43 touchdowns and a 124 passing rating during the streak that extends back to December of 2012.
Last week against Seattle Rodgers had 249 yards passing with two touchdowns.
Eddie Lacy hurt his ankle in the Seattle game but is expected to play on Monday. He practiced on Friday after sitting out most of the week. The decision will be a game-time one for Lacy.
One of Kansas City’s strengths is its pass rush. The Chiefs have 8 sacks through two games with three by Justin Houston who has had one sack or more in eight consecutive games and led the league in 2014 with 22.
Bryan Bulaga the offensive right tackle is out for Green Bay and that will make it more difficult to stop the KC rush led by Houston.
Before Charles fumbled the ball late against Denver, the Chiefs running back had 125 yards on the ground and one touchdown. Green Bay’s running defense is giving up 154 yards a game and over 5.3 yards a carry, which is next to last in the NFL.
Alex Smith the Kansas City quarterback threw two interceptions against the Broncos after a near flawless opening game win over Houston.
Prediction: Green Bay -7