Kansas City Chiefs host the Detroit Lions to start NFL season. Here are some things to consider before you bet on either side or the total.
Detroit Lions at Kansas City Chiefs: A Closer Look
The Detroit Lions and the Kansas City Chiefs will kick off the 2023 NFL season on Thursday night in Kansas City. The Chiefs are the defending Super Bowl champions and are one of the favorites to win the AFC again this year. The Lions are coming off a promising 9-8 season and are looking to build on that success.
The Chiefs have a high-powered offense led by Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL and he has a number of talented weapons at his disposal, including wide receivers Mecole Hardman and Travis Kelce. The Lions have a seasoned quarterback in Jared Goff, who is now entering his 8th season with the team and has a better understanding of the offense.
The Chiefs also have a strong defense, led by defensive end Chris Jones. The Lions have a good defense, but they will need to play their best game to slow down the Chiefs’ offense.
The weather forecast for Thursday night in Kansas City is calling for mostly clear skies and a temperature of 75 degrees Fahrenheit. This is a good weather for both offenses, as it should not be too hot or too cold.
The Chiefs are relatively healthy heading into this game. Their only major injury is to wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, who is out with a knee injury. The Lions are also relatively healthy, with their only major injury being to linebacker Jarrad Davis, who is out with a hamstring injury.
The Chiefs have a significant home field advantage at Arrowhead Stadium. They have won 17 of their last 18 home games, and they are averaging 38 points per game at home.
I predict that the Chiefs will win this game by a comfortable margin, but it will not be as easy as the spread suggests. I am confident in my prediction at 70%. The Chiefs are the better team, and they should be able to score more points than the Lions. I also think that the game will go over the 54.5 point total, with a confidence of 60%. Both teams have high-powered offenses, and I expect to see a lot of scoring in this game.
Final Score Prediction: Chiefs 38, Lions 24
Take the Chiefs minus the points and the over.