The Seattle Seahawks (7-7) and the Kansas City Chiefs (11-3) square off for an interesting battle of two potential playoff teams.
Seattle enters this game off a 21-13 home loss to San Francisco last Thursday. Kansas City, on the other hand, battled the Houston Texans and won in overtime 30-24.
Let’s take a closer look at how these two NFL teams match up against each other, along with their NFL Betting Odds.
NFL Week 16 Betting Lines and Prediction for Seattle Seahawks at Kansas City Chiefs
Seahawks Battling for a Playoff Spot in the NFC
Just a few weeks ago, it seemed as though the Seahawks would automatically make the playoffs. Their defense had been playing well enough to keep games close, and their offense was operating at peak efficiency.
Unfortunately, the Seahawks must find a way to win on Saturday in a hostile atmosphere at Arrowhead Stadium, as they are currently 1-4 in their previous five games.
The Seattle Seahawks are 9th in the league in passing offense this season with an average of 241.5 yards per game and 22nd in rushing offense with an average of 108.1 yards per game on the ground.
Seattle’s scoring attack averages 25.4 points per game, which ranks 7th in the league. Despite some injuries, the offense should get a huge boost with star rookie running back Kenneth Walker returning in the backfield.
They will need to get things together on the defensive side of the ball, where they are surrendering almost 385 yards and 25.4 points to opponents per game.
Chiefs Chasing the Top Seed in the AFC Playoffs
The Chiefs’ had trouble defeating one of the worst teams in the league last week, but they still managed to defeat the Houston Texans and improve to 11-3 on the year.
The Chiefs have clinched the AFC West title but still, have plenty to play for as they are chasing the Buffalo Bills for the top overall spot and a bye in the first round of the AFC playoffs.
If Kansas City wants to go far in the playoffs, there are definitely defensive concerns that need to be resolved. Over their past two games against inferior opponents, they allowed the NFL’s worst scoring offense to post 28 points while the Texans sliced through Kansas City’s secondary with two touchdown passes.
The offense, on the other hand, has been no issue as Andy Reid’s offensive unit is pacing the league averaging 29.6 points per game.
In three of his last five games, Patrick Mahomes has thrown for over 300 yards and at least two touchdowns, and the Chiefs’ backfield now features a deadly duo in rookie running back Isiah Pacheco and veteran running back Jerick McKinnon.
Betting Odds and Lines
According to MyBookie, the Kansas City Chiefs enter this matchup as 10-point favorites (-110) in their matchup against the Seattle Seahawks.
In terms of the moneyline, the Chiefs are -475 favorites to win at home, while the Seahawks have NFL odds of +380 as road underdogs. When it comes to the total, the line is listed at 49 (-110) on MyBookie.
Since they recently lost Tyler Lockett to injury, Seattle is a significant underdog in this game against one of the league’s hottest teams. They will face an uphill battle against a strong Chief’s offense, but they will get reinforcements from their starting running back Kenneth Walker, who is set to return. Despite the Chief’s strong and consistent play, Kansas City is 0-6-1 ATS over their previous seven contests.
Seattle has had their own struggles lately; however, recent defensive lapses by Kansas City could allow Geno Smith and the Seahawks’ passing assault to stay in this game.
Ten points is way too many for the Chief’s team that does just enough to win games. The Seahawks are fighting for an NFL playoff spot, and although they might not win this one, they should keep this matchup close.
NFL Week 16 Betting Pick: Seattle Seahawks +10 (-110)