The news is not great for the Kansas City Chiefs on this Monday following NFL Week 5. The Chiefs were dominated Sunday night at home in a 38-20 loss to Buffalo to fall out of the favored role to win Super Bowl 56. In addition, Pro Bowlers Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce and Joe Thuney as well as running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire all were injured, and their status is up in the air for this Sunday's trip to Washington, which nonetheless is getting 6.5 points.
At Caesars Sportsbook, Tampa Bay is the new betting favorite to win Super Bowl 56 at +550 followed by Buffalo at +600. Some other books have the Bills as favorites, though. Kansas City is now +650 and sits last in the AFC West at 2-3. Sunday was only the second career loss for Patrick Mahomes by more than one possession (the Super Bowl 55 defeat by the Bucs was the other) and the 18-point defeat was the largest for Mahomes at home.
Two clear problems stand out: The Kansas City defense and giveaways. The Chiefs rank second-to-last in the NFL in allowing 437.4 yards per game and dead last at 32.6 points per. They also have 11 turnovers, tied with the winless Jacksonville Jaguars for the most in the NFL. Through five games last year, Kansas City only had three turnovers.
As for all those injured guys, we may not know until Wednesday if they are on track to play this week, although Edwards-Helaire seems unlikely at a minimum. CEH was carried off the field by teammates with a serious-looking knee injury – early reports from the NFL Network are that he will miss a few weeks with an MCL strain. Edwards-Helaire leads the team in rushing with 304 yards on 65 carries. Darrel Williams would become the No. 1 running back. Jerick McKinnon is the only other back on the 53-man roster.
Thuney, the left guard who was signed to an $80 million free-agent deal this offseason, broke his hand on Sunday. Defensive players can play with a cast on their hand but that would seem pretty darn tough to do for an offensive lineman – although Thuney did play through it vs. Buffalo. During his five-year career with the New England Patriots, he never missed a game.
Hill injured his knee "a little bit," according to Andy Reid, and Kelce suffered a stinger, but it seems they are likely to play Sunday. Kansas City and Washington are tied with a few other clubs for the worst ATS record in the NFL at 1-4. Washington is 1-9 against the Chiefs dating to 1971, with its one victory coming at RFK Stadium in 1983.
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