Kansas City Chiefs (8-5) vs. New England Patriots (3-10)
As bettors and fans alike prepare for an intriguing Week 15 NFL clash between the Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots – both currently struggling teams – bettors are closely scrutinizing every detail to make informed NFL betting predictions for both games. While the Chiefs seek to strengthen their playoff credentials while adding another win to an otherwise challenging campaign.
The Chiefs have had an exciting offensive unit this season. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes continues his stellar performance by boasting an outstanding 66.9% completion rate and 3,398 passing yards – totalling 23 touchdowns! Rashee Rice has made invaluable contributions with her 59 receptions for 663 yards (an integral component of their passing game), while Isiah Pacheco provides a balanced ground game which matches up well against Mahomes’ aerial attack perfectly. Such an offensive unit will prove critical against Patriots defensive forces!
The Patriots, on the other hand, have struggled this season on offense. Quarterback Mac Jones has struggled for consistency this year – throwing for 2120 yards with 10 touchdowns and 12 interceptions; Rhamondre Stevenson led running game has led by Rhamondre Stevenson with 619 rushing yards and four touchdowns; Demario Douglas made 36 receptions totalling 410 yards that have provided Jones an important target – although this won’t change their fate against Jacksonville Jaguars.
Kansas City Chiefs vs. New England Patriots Game Info
|Sunday, December 17, 2023 at 1:00 PM ET
|NFL Game Pass
Patrick Mahomes QB vs. Mac Jones QB
Patrick Mahomes is putting together another MVP-caliber campaign in his sixth NFL season. He has the Chiefs offense operating on an elite level once again, as they lead the league in yards per game. Mahomes is one of the frontrunners for NFL MVP with over 3,300 passing yards and 23 touchdowns through 13 games. He is lethal at extending plays with his legs and can deliver precision passes to all areas of the field. Mahomes faces a Patriots pass defense that ranks 20th in opponent quarterback rating allowed. While Belichick will have a plan to try and confuse Mahomes, he has the improvisational skills to counter those schemes.
Mac Jones set extremely high expectations after an impressive rookie season that saw him lead the Patriots back to the playoffs. However, he has failed to take a step forward in year two. Jones has battled inconsistency and turnovers this season, partially due to working with limited weapons in the passing game. He is not currently playing at 100% after missing time recently with an ankle sprain. Jones faces an uphill battle against a fierce Chiefs pass rush that has produced 37 sacks already. He lacks the mobility to evade pressure and could be under frequent duress at the hands of Chris Jones and company on Sunday.
NFL Odds/Point Spread: Kansas City Chiefs -500, Total Odds: 38.5
The betting odds heavily favor the Chiefs, reflecting their strong season performance and the Patriots’ struggles. The spread of 11.5 points is significant, indicating expectations of a dominant performance by the Chiefs. The total odds set at 38.5 points suggest a game that might not be particularly high-scoring, likely due to the Patriots’ offensive issues.
Kansas City Chiefs Betting Trends
The Chiefs are 15-5 straight up over their last 20 games overall. Kansas City is also 8-2 SU on the road this season. The total has gone UNDER in seven of the Chiefs’ previous nine matchups. Andy Reid’s squad is 4-1 ATS in their last five meetings with the Patriots.
New England Patriots Betting Trends
The total has gone OVER in five of the Patriots’ last seven contests against the Chiefs. New England is 7-2 SU in their previous nine home games versus Kansas City. However, the Pats are just 1-5 ATS over their last six games overall. They have also failed to cover the spread in four straight.
Kansas City Chiefs vs. New England Patriots 12/17/23 Betting Picks
The Chiefs are the clear favorites in this matchup, with their dynamic offense poised to take advantage of the Patriots’ weaknesses. The Patriots will need a strong defensive performance and an efficient offense to keep up with Kansas City.
In terms of betting, the Chiefs are likely the safer pick, especially considering their overall performance and the Patriots’ struggles at home. Prop bets on individual player performances, especially Mahomes and Pacheco, could be worthwhile. The over/under is a tougher decision, but given the trends, the under might be more likely.
Expect Kansas City to control the game, making them a solid choice for top live betting opportunities. For bettors, exploring various options including spreads, moneylines, and totals at the best online betting would be prudent.