Green Bay Packers at Kansas City Chiefs Preseason NFL Picks & Predictions 8/30/2018
Thursday, August 30, 2018
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The Green Bay Packers travel to Arrowhead Stadium to take on the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday, August 30, 2018. The opening line for this game has Kansas City as 3 point favorites. The over/under has been set at 40. The Packers had an ATS record of 7-9-0 last season while their over/under record was 11-5-0. The Chiefs had an over/under record of 8-9-0 and they were 10-7-0 against the spread.
Valuable Green Bay Packers Betting Trends
The Green Bay Packers were 11-5-0 against the over/under last season
The Green Bay Packers were 7-9-0 against the spread last year
Important Kansas City Chiefs Betting Trends
The Kansas City Chiefs were 8-9-0 against the over/under last season
The Kansas City Chiefs were 10-7-0 against the spread last year
Key Green Bay Packers Injuries
08/10/18 LB Jake Ryan Knee IR
08/05/18 T David Bakhtiari Ankle is probable Sunday vs Chicago
08/03/18 T Bryan Bulaga Knee is questionable Sunday vs Chicago
08/03/18 S Kentrell Brice Ankle is questionable Sunday vs Chicago
07/07/18 RB Aaron Jones Suspension 2-game suspension (eligible to return 9/23 vs Washington)
Key Kansas City Chiefs Injuries
08/08/18 DB Daniel Sorensen Knee is out indefinitely
08/03/18 RB Charcandrick West Concussion is questionable Sunday vs LA Chargers
05/22/18 TE Demetrius Harris Suspension is OUT Sunday vs LA Chargers (1-game suspension)
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Green Bay Packers were 21st in the NFL in points scored with 320 last season. They ran 999 plays last year for 4,891 yards, which ranked them 26th in the league in total offense. The Packers averaged 4.9 yards per play, which was 25th in the National Football League. As a team they accumulated a total of 307 1st downs last year, placing them 18th overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Green Bay ran for 1,724 yards as a team, which ranked 17th in the NFL. They ran 386 times last year, averaging 4.5 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Packers were penalized on offense 96 times for 789 yards last season, which had them 25th in the league in penalties. Aaron Rodgers threw for 1,675 yards last season. He completed 154 passes on 238 attempts for a completion percentage of 64.7%. His quarterback rating last year was 97.2. He averaged 7 yards per pass attempt and 10.9 yards per completion.
Green Bay was 26th in the league in points allowed on defense with 384 last year. They surrendered a total of 5,582 yards on D, which was 22nd in the NFL. The Packers were ranked 24th in yards per play allowed with 5.5. Their pass defense gave up 6.9 net yards per pass attempt, placing them 29th in the league as a unit. Opposing offenses completed 348 passes on 513 attempts against the Green Bay Packers defense last season, placing them 21st and 6th in the National Football League. The Green Bay pass defense also gave up a total of 3,789 yards through the air, which was 23rd overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense allowed 464 attempts for 1,793 yards last year, putting them in 17th place in the league against the run. The Packers committed 94 penalties for 832 yards on the defensive side of the ball last season. That ranked them 6th in the NFL. They gave up a score on 40.2% of possessions on defense, which was 31st in the league.
Special Teams Stats
Green Bay was ranked 29th in the league in punt returns last season with 27. They accumulated 289 punt return yards and averaged 10.7 yards per return, which was 2nd in the NFL. Their longest punt return last year was 65 yards. They returned 35 kicks for 761 yards on special teams, ranking 10th in kick return yardage. The Packers averaged 21.7 yards per kick return and had a long of 34 yards last year. They were 21st in the league in all-purpose yards with 6,306. The Green Bay Packers attempted 19 field goals last season and made 15, which was 32nd in the National Football League. Their kickers had a field goal percentage of 78.9%. Green Bay Packers kickers made 94% of their extra points, going 33 for 35 last year. Their punters totaled 3,155 yards on 71 punts, averaging 44.4 yards per punt. That placed them 20th in the NFL in punting average.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Kansas City Chiefs ran for 1,903 yards as a unit last year, which ranked 9th in the league. They ran 405 times, averaging 4.7 yards per rush as a unit. The Chiefs were penalized on offense 118 times for 1,044 yards last season, which had them 6th in the NFL in penalties. They were 6th in the National Football League in points scored with 415. They ran 985 plays last year for 6,007 yards, which ranked them 5th in the NFL in total offense. The Chiefs averaged 6.1 yards per play, which was 2nd in the league. As a team they accumulated a total of 322 1st downs last season, ranking them 10th overall as an offensive unit. Patrick Mahomes completed 22 throws while attempting 35 passes for a completion percentage of 62.9% last year. He passed for 284 yards. He averaged 12.9 yards per completion and 8.1 yards per pass attempt. His quarterback rating last season was 76.4.
The Chiefs rush defense gave up 443 attempts for 1,890 yards last season, putting them in 25th place in the NFL against the run. They had 107 penalties for 864 yards on defense last year. That placed them 8th in the league. They allowed a score on 33.5% of possessions on defense, which was 17th in the NFL. Kansas City was 15th in the NFL in points surrendered on defense with 339. They gave up a total of 5,842 yards on D, which was 28th in the league. The Chiefs were 26th in yards per play allowed with 5.6. Their pass defense allowed 6.6 net yards per pass attempt, ranking them 25th in the National Football League. Opponent offenses completed 325 throws on 570 attempts against the Kansas City defense last season, ranking them 9th and 27th in the league. The Kansas City Chiefs pass defense also surrendered a total of 3,952 yards in the air, which was 29th overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The Kansas City Chiefs tried 45 field goals last season and made 41, which was 1st in the league. Their kickers had a FG percentage of 91.1%. Kansas City kickers made 100% of their extra points, going 40 for 40 last season. Their punters accumulated 2,937 yards on 65 punts, averaging 45.2 yards per punt. That ranked them 14th in the NFL in punting average. Kansas City was 15th in the NFL in punt returns with 35 last year. They totaled 216 punt return yards and averaged 6.2 yards per return, which was 26th in the league. Their longest punt return last season was 82 yards. They returned 47 kicks for 1,051 yards on special teams, placing them 1st in kick return yardage. The Chiefs averaged 22.4 yards per kick return and had a long of 42 yards last season. They were 1st in the National Football League in all-purpose yards with 7,496.
Who will win tonight's Packers/Chiefs NFL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Packers +3
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