Kansas City Chiefs vs Cincinnati Bengals Prediction, 1/2/2022 NFL Picks, Best Bets & Odds Week 17
Game: Kansas City Chiefs vs Cincinnati Bengals
Date: Sunday, January 2, 2022
Location: Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Bengals (+4.5)
Paul Brown Stadium is the site where the Cincinnati Bengals (9-6) will attempt to defeat the Kansas City Chiefs (11-4) on Sunday. Cincinnati opens this matchup as 4.5-point underdogs. The total is set at 49.5.
The Kansas City Chiefs step onto the field holding a record of 11-4 for this season. In their last game, the Chiefs stepped onto the field against the Steelers and walked away with a win by a score of 36-10. Patrick Mahomes connected on 23/30 with 258 yds passing and 3 touchdowns. He had a QB rate of 135.1 and ended the contest with no picks. Byron Pringle left with an average of 12.5 yards per catch by earning 75 yards on 6 catches. Darrel Williams was the rushing leader for the Chiefs with 11 totes for 55 yds (5.0 yds per attempt). In all, they ran 67 plays which totaled 381 yards. The Kansas City Chiefs ran the rock 35 different times and had 127 yards, which had them averaging 3.6 yds per attempt. Against the run, the Chiefs gave up 130 yds on 25 tries, which is an average of 5.2 yards per rush allowed. Kansas City allowed 28 pass completions on 43 attempts for a total of 173 yds, and a completion rate of 65.1%.
When it comes to scoring, the Kansas City Chiefs hold an average of 28.1 points per outing. As a team they're averaging 111.0 yards via the ground game which is 17th in the National Football League. The Chiefs have earned 5,942 yards in total for the year. Kansas City has accumulated 237 1st downs as a unit, and they have committed 96 penalties for 797 yds. They have turned the ball over 25 different times (13 interceptions and 12 fumbles). In terms of getting the ball in the endzone, Kansas City has compiled 33 touchdowns through the air and 14 rushing touchdowns.
The Chiefs are ranked 6th in the league concerning team defense, giving up 20.4 points per game. The opposition is running for 4.7 yards per running attempt and 116.5 yards on the ground per game over the course of this year. Overall, they have allowed 1,748 rushing yards through 15 games. Regarding yards through the air, the Chiefs have surrendered 3,685 yards which puts them in 25th in the league. They have yielded 245.7 yards per contest via the pass and allowed a completion percentage of 65.7%. Overall, they have relinquished 362.2 yards/outing which has them ranked 21st in the NFL. They have surrendered 23 touchdowns through the air in addition to 12 touchdowns pounding the rock.
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The Bengals come into this game with a record of 9-6 this year. In their last game, the Bengals walked away with a victory by a final of 41-21 against the Ravens. Joe Mixon carried the ball 18 times for 65 yards, walking away from the game with 3.6 yds per attempt for Cincinnati. Tee Higgins was a featured target for the Bengals, bringing in 12 throws for 194 yards (16.2 yards per reception). Joe Burrow (4 TDs) ended the game with 525 yds on 37/46 through the air while his QB rate was 143.2. He didn't toss any interceptions and his avg yards per attempt was 11.41 yds. Cincinnati surrendered 16 rush attempts for 39 yds (2.4 yds per rush). The Bengals pass defense conceded a completion rate of 70.0%, surrendering 295 yards on 28 out of 40 through the air. The Bengals finished with 575 yds while they ran 70 plays (8.2 yds per play). Cincinnati ran the ball for 3.7 yards per carry, finishing the game with 77 yds on 21 attempts.
In terms of how much they score, the Bengals currently rank 7th in the NFL by tallying 27.3 points per outing. For the year so far, the Bengals have thrown for 3,885 yards via the pass as well as holding an average of 259.0 throwing yards per outing, which is ranked 8th in the league. They hold an average of 106.9 yards per game on the ground and have rushed for 1,603 yards for the season. The Cincinnati Bengals maintain an average of 365.9 yards per game which is good for 12th in the NFL. The Cincinnati offense has racked up 526 yds of penalties on 63 violations, which has them ranked 32nd in the league in terms of making mistakes. They have tossed 14 picks while allowing opponents to recover 7 fumbles and they have tallied 192 1st downs.
The Bengals are allowing 21.6 PPG, which has them ranked 13th in football. Cincinnati has conceded a total of 1,382 rushing yards (92.1 yards/game) and 12 touchdowns by ground for the year. They have surrendered 22 touchdowns via the pass in addition to 252.8 yards per outing, which has them in 29th in the NFL. The Bengals defense has taken part in 951 plays, which is 19th in football. In total, they have allowed 324 points in total. They have compiled 19 takeaways (7 fumbles and 12 picks) on the season.
Who will win tonight's Chiefs/Bengals NFL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Chiefs -4.5
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