Kansas City Chiefs vs Arizona Cardinals Prediction, 9/11/2022 NFL Picks, Best Bets & Odds Week 1
Game: Kansas City Chiefs vs Arizona Cardinals
Date: Sunday, September 11, 2022
Location: State Farm Stadium in Glendale, AZ
Odds/Point Spread: Cardinals (+3.5)
The Kansas City Chiefs (12-5 last year) are traveling to State Farm Stadium on Sunday where they will try to beat the Arizona Cardinals (11-6 last season). Arizona opens this contest as 3.5-point underdogs from Vegas oddsmakers. The over/under has been set at 53.
The Kansas City Chiefs ended the year with a 12-5 record. In their last game of last year, the Chiefs played against the Bengals and went home with a loss by a final score of 27-24. Patrick Mahomes connected on 26/39 with 275 yds passing and 3 touchdowns. He had a quarterback rate of 91.3 and ended the game with 2 picks. Travis Kelce had an average of 9.5 yards per reception by recording 95 yards on 10 receptions. Jerick McKinnon was the rushing leader for the Chiefs with 12 attempts for 65 yards (5.4 yds per attempt). In all, they ran 67 plays which gave them a total of 375 yds. The Kansas City Chiefs ran the football 24 times and recorded 139 yards, which earned them an average of 5.8 yards per attempt. Against the rush, the Chiefs gave up 116 yds on 27 tries, which is an average of 4.3 yds per rush allowed. Kansas City relinquished 23 pass completions on 38 tries for 243 yards, and a completion percentage of 60.5%.
The Chiefs tallied 6,746 yards in total for the prior campaign. Kansas City recorded 267 1st downs offensively, and they were called for 111 penalties for 925 yards. Kansas City earned 37 passing touchdowns and 16 rushing touchdowns. They turned the football over 25 different times (13 picks and 12 fumbles lost). As a unit they averaged 115.0 yds via the ground game, which had them sitting 16th in the league. Concerning putting the ball in the endzone, the Kansas City Chiefs averaged 28.2 points per game.
The Chiefs were ranked 8th in the NFL regarding team defense, conceding 21.4 PPG. They allowed 4.8 yards per tote and 117.6 rushing yards per contest for the previous season. In total, they conceded 1,999 yards via the ground game in 17 contests. Regarding yards through the air, the Chiefs allowed 4,273 yards which ranked them 27th in football. During their 17 games, they relinquished 251.4 yards per game via the pass and relinquishing a completion percentage of 65.7%. They surrendered 368.9 yards per contest putting them 27th in the NFL. They conceded 27 touchdowns through the air and 15 rushing touchdowns.
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The Cardinals ended the season holding a 11-6 record. When they last played last year, the Cardinals took a defeat with a final score of 34-11 when they faced the Rams. Kyler Murray ended the game with 137 yards on 19/34 passing while his QB rate was 40.9. He threw 2 picks and his average yds per pass attempt was 4.03 yds. Christian Kirk had the best day in terms of receiving for the Cardinals, hauling in 6 balls for 51 yds (8.5 yds per catch). Chase Edmonds ran the football 8 times for 28 yds, ending the game with 3.5 yds per carry for Arizona. The Cardinals finished the game with a total of 183 yds while they ran 54 plays (3.4 yards per play). Arizona ended up running for 3.4 yards per attempt, totaling 61 yards on 18 carries. Arizona relinquished 38 run attempts for 140 yds (3.7 yds per carry). The Cardinals pass defense allowed a completion percentage of 77.8%, surrendering 235 yds on 14 out of 18 passing.
The Arizona Cardinals had an average of 373.6 yards/outing which had them ranked 8th in the league. They averaged 122.1 yards per game on the ground and rushed for 2,076 yards for last year. The Arizona offense racked up 990 yards of penalties on 114 violations, which had them ranked 4th in the NFL in terms of giving up free yards. They threw 11 picks while surrendering 4 fumbles and they obtained 214 1st downs. Last season, the Cardinals racked up 4,276 yards via the pass in addition to an average of 251.5 passing yards per game, putting them at 10th in the league. When it comes to their scoring prowess, the Cardinals ranked 11th in the league with an average of 26.4 points per outing.
Arizona conceded a total of 1,952 yards via the ground game (114.8 yards per contest) in addition to 10 touchdowns via the rush last year. They yielded 30 touchdowns via the pass and 214.4 yards/game, which had them in 7th in the NFL. They tallied 27 takeaways (14 fumbles and 13 interceptions) over the course of last season. Over the course of the season, they surrendered 366 points in total. The Cardinals defense took the field for 1,028 plays, which ranked them 3rd in the league. The Cardinals allowed 21.5 points per contest, which had them in 11th of all teams in the NFL.
Who will win tonight's Chiefs/Cardinals NFL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Chiefs -3.5
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