Kansas City Chiefs vs Chicago Bears Prediction, 8/13/2022 NFL Picks, Best Bets & Odds Preseason Week 1
Game: Kansas City Chiefs vs Chicago Bears
Date: Saturday, August 13, 2022
Location: Soldier Field in Chicago, IL
TV: NFL League Pass/NFL Network
Odds/Point Spread: Bears (-1)
The Chicago Bears (6-11 last year) will go up against the Kansas City Chiefs (12-5 last season) at Soldier Field on Saturday. Chicago opens this matchup as 1-point favorites. The over/under comes in at 33.5.
The Kansas City Chiefs wrapped up their year holding a 12-5 record. In their last game of last year, the Chiefs took on the Bengals and ended up losing by a score of 27-24. Jerick McKinnon led the offense in rushing for the Chiefs with 12 carries for 65 yds (5.4 yards per attempt). Travis Kelce had an average of 9.5 yards per catch by accumulating 95 yards on 10 receptions. Patrick Mahomes finished 26/39 with 275 yards passing and 3 TDs. He had a QB rating of 91.3 and ended the game with 2 interceptions. On the ground, the Chiefs conceded 116 yards on 27 tries, which averages out to 4.3 yds per rush surrendered. Kansas City conceded 23 pass completions on 38 attempts for a total of 243 yards, and a completion rate of 60.5%. When all was said and done, they ran 67 plays which gave them 375 yards. The Kansas City Chiefs ended up running the ball 24 different times and accumulated 139 yds, earning them an average of 5.8 yds per attempt.
In terms of getting in the endzone, the Kansas City Chiefs held an average of 28.2 points per contest. As a unit they averaged 115.0 yds via the ground game, which ranked them 16th in the NFL. The Chiefs racked up 6,746 total yards for the prior year. Kansas City had 267 1st downs as a team, and they were called for 111 infractions for 925 yards. They surrendered the ball 25 different times (13 interceptions and 12 fumbles lost). Kansas City earned 37 touchdowns through the air and 16 touchdowns on the ground.
The Chiefs ranked 8th in the NFL when it comes to their opponents scoring, giving up 21.4 points per contest. Opposing teams ran for an average of 4.8 yards per rushing attempt and 117.6 rushing yards per contest for the previous year. In total, they allowed 1,999 rushing yards through 17 games. In terms of yards via the pass, the Chiefs allowed 4,273 yards which ranked them 27th in the league. During their 17 games played last season, they conceded 251.4 yards per contest through the air in addition to surrendering a completion percentage of 65.7%. They granted 368.9 yards/outing ranking them 27th in football. They yielded 27 touchdowns via the pass in addition to 15 rushing touchdowns.
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The Bears ended the year with a 6-11 mark. For their last game of last season, the Bears went home defeated by a final of 31-17 when they faced the Vikings. David Montgomery ran the ball 20 times for 72 yds, walking away from the contest with 3.6 yards per carry for Chicago. Darnell Mooney was the leading receiver for the Bears, hauling in 12 passes for 126 yds (10.5 yds per reception). Andy Dalton (1 touchdown) walked away from the game with 325 yds on 33/48 through the air while his quarterback rate was 77.2. He threw 2 interceptions and his avg yards per attempt was 6.77 yards. Chicago surrendered 22 rush attempts for 104 yards (4.7 yards per carry). The Bears pass defense gave up a completion percentage of 63.6%, relinquishing 227 yards on 14 out of 22 through the air. The Bears finished the game with 356 yards on 80 plays (4.5 yds per play). Chicago rushed the ball for 3.6 yards per attempt, finishing with a total of 90 yds on 25 carries.
The Chicago Bears averaged 307.4 yards per outing which was good for 24th out of all teams in the NFL. They averaged 118.7 run yards per game and toted the ball for 2,018 yards overall. The Chicago offense racked up 914 penalty yds on 106 infractions, which ranked them 13th in the NFL in terms of making mistakes. They gave away 20 interceptions while losing 9 fumbles and they obtained 180 first downs. Last year, the Bears threw for 3,207 passing yards as well as averaging 188.6 passing yards per outing, giving them a rank of 30th in football. Regarding putting points on the board, the Bears had a ranking of 27th in football by scoring 18.3 PPG.
The Bears gave up 23.9 points per contest, which had them sitting 22nd of all teams in the NFL. Chicago allowed a total of 2,127 yards via the ground game (125.1 yards/game) as well as 14 touchdowns by ground over the course of last season. They allowed the opposition 31 touchdowns via the pass in addition to 191.6 yards per contest, which put them in 3rd in the league. The Bears defense was on the field for 1,009 plays, which had them ranked 1st in the league. Overall, they gave up 407 points in total. They earned 16 turnovers (8 fumbles and 8 interceptions) last season.
Who will win tonight's Chiefs/Bears NFL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Chiefs +1
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