The 2023 NFL season opens per usual with the Kickoff Game, this year hosted by the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs as they welcome the Detroit Lions for their first-ever appearance in the game.
Detroit Lions vs Kansas City Chiefs Odds, Analysis and Prediction | 2023 NFL Expert Analysis by MyBookie Sportsbook
NFL Regular Season: September 7, 2023 – January 7, 2024
How to Bet Detroit at Kansas City NFL Odds & TV Info
When: Thursday, 8:20 PM ET
Where: Arrowhead Stadium
Stream Option: Peacock
Opening NFL Lines: Chiefs -6.5 (total 57)
The teams haven’t played since 2019. It’s Detroit’s first trip to Arrowhead Stadium since 2003 and the second time the Lions have opened their season against the defending Super Bowl champions, with their only other occurrence coming in 1967 against the Green Bay Packers, who were coming off a victory in Super Bowl I.
Why Bet on Detroit?
The Lions played incredibly well in the second half of last season and nearly snuck into the playoffs. Now they are NFC North favorites for the first time. The Lions have gone 31 seasons without a postseason win, the longest active streak in the NFL.
Behind a strong offensive line, which is returning Pro Bowlers Penei Sewell and Frank Ragnow, the Lions averaged the fifth-most points scored (25.7) in 2022. They have added running backs Jahmyr Gibbs and David Montgomery and rookie tight end Sam LaPorta.
QB Jared Goff had 15 passing TDs and zero picks in the final nine games last year and went 324 straight passes without an INT (longest streak in team history). This will be the first matchup between Goff and Patrick Mahomes since Goff’s Rams beat Kansas City in 2018. It was the only game in NFL history where both teams scored 50+ points.
The Lions have lost seven straight games vs defending Super Bowl champions, the second-longest active streak in the NFL behind the Giants’ nine straight losses. Detroit’s last such win was Week 5 in 1997 vs Green Bay. Wideout Amon-Ra St. Brown has the most receptions through 2 seasons in Lions history with 196. St. Brown was banged up a bit in camp/preseason but will be good to go.
Defensively, rookie end Aidan Hutchinson last year became the first NFL 1st player with 9.5 sacks & 3 picks in a season since Richard Dent in 1990. Fellow end James Houston has the most sacks by any player through 7 career games (8.0) since sacks became an official stat in 1982. Hutchinson & Houston ranked 1-2 among rookies in sacks last season.
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Why Bet on Kansas City?
The Chiefs will try to do something that hasn’t been done since 2004: repeat as Super Bowl champions. Only eight times have there been repeat Super Bowl winners overall, with the 2003-04 Patriots being the last team to accomplish the feat.
Kansas City has won seven straight AFC West titles, tied for the second longest such division streak in NFL history, and is a solid favorite to win it again. The Chiefs have made the playoffs in each of the last 8 seasons. No other team currently has more than 4 consecutive playoff appearances. With a playoff appearance this season, Chiefs can become the 4th team in NFL history to have 9+ consecutive seasons in the playoffs (2009-19 Patriots, 1975-83 Cowboys, 2002-10 Colts).
QB Patrick Mahomes led NFL in passing yards and TDs in 2022 on the way to winning his second career NFL MVP Award. The Chiefs boasted a 14-3 record and their franchise quarterback racked up a whopping 5,250 passing yards with a 41:12 TD:INT ratio. The Lions ranked 30th in passing yards allowed. Mahomes has won five straight Week 1 games and has at least three TD passes in each, the longest streak in NFL history.
Cornerback L’Jarius Sneed and WR Kadarius Toney are both banged up but expected to play. However, the team’s top defensive player, Pro Bowl lineman Chris Jones, is holding out for a new deal and not expected to go. He is entering the final year of a four-year, $80 million pact, and has been racking up millions in fines for missing offseason workouts, training camp and all three preseason games. Jones tied a career high with 15 1/2 sacks last season, picked up his first postseason sacks and helped the Chiefs beat Philadelphia in the Super Bowl.
Defending Super Bowl champions are 14-4 in the NFL Kickoff Game since 2004. Kansas City has eight straight Week 1 wins and has scored at least 30 points in seven consecutive Week 1 games.
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MyBookie Betting Lines for the Game
Chiefs 33, Lions 27
NFL Odds to Win this Season
|San Francisco 49ers||+300|
|Kansas City Chiefs||+510|
|Green Bay Packers||+7500|
|Los Angeles Rams||+8500|
|New Orleans Saints||+12000|
|Los Angeles Chargers||+14000|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||+16000|
|Las Vegas Raiders||+40000|
|New York Jets||+55000|
|New York Giants||+85000|
|New England Patriots||+125000|
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