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NFL Betting Preview: Kansas City Chiefs vs. New Orleans Saints

August 13, 2023


The Kansas City Chiefs finished last season with a record of 14-3 which led to an AFC West Division Championship and the best record in the AFC. Kansas City defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 27-20 in the Division round, the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20 in the AFC Championship, and defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 38-35 in the Super Bowl.

Meanwhile, the New Orleans Saints finished last season with a record of 7-10 which led to a 3rd place finish in the NFC South and the Saints missing the playoffs for the 2nd consecutive season.

BookMaker has the New Orleans Saints listed as 3-point favorites at home against the Kansas City Chiefs and has set the total for the over/under plays at 37.5 points. Which team will get their first win of the preseason with a win in this matchup? Let’s take a closer look at how these teams played last year.

Kansas City Chiefs Team Preview

The Kansas City Chiefs finished with the best record in the AFC in the regular season and won the AFC West Championship. The Chiefs defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars in the Divisional Round and the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Championship before winning the Super Bowl by defeating the Philadelphia Eagles by a score of 38-35. The Chiefs finished 8-11-1 ATS overall, 4-5 ATS on the road, and 2-1 ATS as an underdog last season.

Offensively, the Kansas City Chiefs were the highest-scoring team in the NFL with an average of 29.2 points per game. Kansas City ranked 20th in rushing yards with an average of 115.7 rushing yards per game. The Chiefs ranked 1st in passing yards with an average of 288.85 passing yards per game.

Defensively, the Chiefs ranked 18th in scoring defense with an average of 22.2 points allowed per game. Kansas City ranked 8th in rushing yards allowed with an average of 107.65 rushing yards allowed per game. The Kansas City Chiefs ranked 20th in passing yards allowed with an average of 225.05 passing yards allowed per game.

New Orleans Saints Team Preview

The New Orleans Saints finished in 3rd place in the NFC South and missed the playoffs for the 2nd consecutive season with a record of 7-10. The Saints were 7-10 ATS overall, 3-5 ATS at home, and 2-4 ATS as a favorite last season.

Offensively, the New Orleans Saints ranked 22nd in scoring in the NFL with an average of 19.41 points per game. New Orleans ranked 19th in rushing yards with an average of 116.76 rushing yards per game. The Saints ranked 16th in passing yards with an average of 217 passing yards per game.

Defensively, the Saints ranked 9th in scoring defense with an average of 20.29 points allowed per game. New Orleans ranked 24th in rushing yards allowed with an average of 130.47 rushing yards allowed per game. The New Orleans Saints ranked 2nd in the NFL in passing yards allowed with an average of 184.35 passing yards allowed per game.

Series Trends and Game Pick

Kansas City has won four of the last six games in the series and has won by an average score of 25.17 to 24 while New Orleans is 3-2-1 ATS in those matchups. The Chiefs have won the last three games in the series and have won by an average score of 28.67 to 24.67 while both teams are 1-1-1 ATS in those contests.

The under has hit in four of the last six games in the series with the teams combining for an average of 49.17 points per game in those contests. The under has hit in two of the last three games in the series with the teams combining for an average of 53.33 points per game in those matchups.

Kansas City is the better team this season and has been the better team in the series, winning four of the last six including the previous three matchups in a row. The Chiefs have won by an average margin of 1.17 over the last six and 4 points per game over the last three games in the series. As a result, I am taking the money line for the Kansas City Chiefs at +137 on BookMaker for this matchup on Sunday.

Spooky Express Pick: Kansas City Chiefs Money Line (+137)