Kansas City Chiefs at Chicago Bears Preseason NFL Picks & Predictions 8/25/2018
Saturday, August 25, 2018
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Soldier Field is the venue for the game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Chicago Bears on Saturday, August 25, 2018. The opening line for this matchup has Chicago as 1 point favorites. The total has been set at 44.5. The Bears were 8-7-1 against the spread last year and their over/under mark was 4-12-0. The Chiefs were 10-7-0 ATS and their over/under record was 8-9-0.
Valuable 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
Important Chicago Bears Betting Trends
The Chicago Bears were 4-12-0 against the over/under last season
The Chicago Bears were 8-7-1 against the spread last year
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)
Key Chicago Bears Injuries
08/19/18 TE Adam Shaheen Ankle is questionable Sunday vs Green Bay
08/19/18 LB Leonard Floyd Hand is questionable Sunday vs Green Bay
08/03/18 TE Zach Miller Knee is out for season
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 Chiefs defense last season, ranking them 9th and 27th in the league. The Kansas City 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 Chiefs 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.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Chicago Bears were 29th in the NFL in points scored with 264 last season. They ran 934 plays last year for 4,599 yards, which ranked them 30th in the league in total offense. The Bears averaged 4.9 yards per play, which was 26th in the National Football League. As a team they accumulated a total of 266 1st downs last year, placing them 32nd overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Chicago ran for 1,788 yards as a team, which ranked 16th in the NFL. They ran 422 times last year, averaging 4.2 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Bears were penalized on offense 115 times for 943 yards last season, which had them 8th in the league in penalties. Mitch Trubisky threw for 2,193 yards last season. He completed 196 passes on 330 attempts for a completion percentage of 59.4%. His quarterback rating last year was 77.5. He averaged 6.6 yards per pass attempt and 11.2 yards per completion.
Chicago was 9th in the league in points allowed on defense with 320 last year. They surrendered a total of 5,106 yards on D, which was 10th in the NFL. The Bears were ranked 12th in yards per play allowed with 5.1. Their pass defense gave up 5.9 net yards per pass attempt, placing them 13th in the league as a unit. Opposing offenses completed 343 passes on 529 attempts against the Chicago defense last season, placing them 17th and 10th in the National Football League. The Chicago Bears pass defense also gave up a total of 3,376 yards through the air, which was 7th overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense allowed 432 attempts for 1,730 yards last year, putting them in 11th place in the league against the run. The Bears committed 118 penalties for 910 yards on the defensive side of the ball last season. That ranked them 17th in the NFL. They gave up a score on 33.1% of possessions on defense, which was 13th in the league.
Special Teams Stats
Chicago was ranked 20th in the league in punt returns last season with 32. They accumulated 337 punt return yards and averaged 10.5 yards per return, which was 3rd in the NFL. Their longest punt return last year was 61 yards. They returned 46 kicks for 969 yards on special teams, ranking 4th in kick return yardage. The Bears averaged 21.1 yards per kick return and had a long of 46 yards last year. They were 26th in the league in all-purpose yards with 6,179. The Chicago Bears attempted 22 field goals last season and made 16, which was 30th in the National Football League. Their kickers had a field goal percentage of 72.7%. Chicago kickers made 93% of their extra points, going 26 for 28 last year. Their punters totaled 4,087 yards on 87 punts, averaging 47 yards per punt. That placed them 7th in the NFL in punting average.
Who will win tonight's Chiefs/Bears NFL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Bears -1
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