After winning two of their last three games last season under interim coach Romeo Crennel the Kansas City Chiefs thought they might carry some momentum into this season, with the “interim” removed from the coach’s title.
That did not turn out to be the case.
But KC might have picked up a little “mo” on Sunday, coming back from a 24-6 deficit to beat the Saints in New Orleans 27-24 in overtime.
So, are the Chiefs a good team, on their way to better things later this season? Or was Sunday’s win a fluke, and more indicative of a Saints teams experiencing serious problems in the wake of the bounty scandal?
We’ll get closer to the answers to those questions when Kansas City hosts the San Diego Chargers this Sunday (1 pm ET, CBS).
KC had opened its season with a 40-24 loss at home to Atlanta, then followed that up by getting beat at Buffalo 35-17. Needless to say, there was some concern around Chief-land.
Then Sunday the Chiefs fell way behind and appeared headed for an 0-3 start.
But RB Jamaal Charles ran 91 yards for a score (a new team record), LB Justin Houston tackled Drew Brees in the end zone and K Ryan Succop kicked three field goals, the last one with three seconds left to go, to push the game to overtime. Succop then won the game with a 31-yard FG eight minutes into the extra period.
So instead of being 0-3 going into back-to-back games with San Diego and Baltimore, at least the Chiefs have a victory to their credit.
KC won Sunday as a nine-point underdog on the NFL betting lines, and those who backed them on the NFL money line received a payoff of +320.
The Chargers, meanwhile, got off to a 2-0 start to this season, beating the Raiders up in Oakland 22-14 and topping Tennessee at home 38-10. But Sunday San Diego got punked at home by Atlanta 27-3. The Chargers got outgained by over 100 yards and turned the ball over four times in losing as three-point favorites.
The early NFL pick line for Sunday’s game has the Chiefs getting a point from the Chargers, with a total of 44.
So far this season NFL home underdogs are 11-6 straight-up and 12-5 against-the-spread.