The 5-2 Kansas City Chiefs will play the role of home underdogs for the first time in a long while this week. They face the 6-1 Green Bay Packers in the marquee NFL Week 8 Sunday Night Football matchup.
This is mostly due to the fact reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes will not play after suffering a freak kneecap injury in a win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday.
Backup QB Matt Moore will start for the Chiefs in Mahomes’ absence this week.
However, New Jersey sportsbooks may also have the Packers as road favorites because QB Aaron Rodgers is coming off one of the best performances of his 15-year NFL career.
Rodgers threw for 429 yards and five TD passes to push the Packers to a 42-24 dismantling of the Oakland Raiders last week. He also ran for a touchdown, playing his way into the MVP conversation this season, just as Mahomes is possibly limping his way out of it.
Packers vs. Chiefs lines at NJ sportsbooks
Below is a look at the current point spread, moneyline, and over/under lines at the top three NJ sports betting apps.
|Chiefs vs. Packers||DraftKings||FanDuel||William Hill|
|Spread||GB -4.5 KC +4.5||GB -4 KC +4||GB -4 KC +4
|Moneyline||GB -210 KC +180||GB -168 KC +146||GB -200 KC +170|
Packers vs. Chiefs history
There isn’t much history between these two storied franchises.
Although, they did face each other in the first-ever Super Bowl. Vince Lombardi’s Packers beat Hank Stram’s Chiefs 35-10 to win Super Bowl I back in 1967.
All told, the Chiefs and Packers have only met 12 times in the NFL’s previous 99 seasons. Kansas City won five straight from 1989 to 2003 and the Chiefs are 7-4-1 all-time against the Packers.
However, the two teams are 2-2 in this millennium.
The Packers beat the Chiefs 38-28 the last time they played. It was an early-season Monday Night Football game at Lambeau Field in Green Bay in 2015. The Packers built a 24-point lead in the fourth quarter, and it took two late touchdowns by the Chiefs to make it as close as it was.
Rodgers threw for 333 yards and five TD passes against a Chiefs team that looks a lot different than the current one. He’ll be looking to do something similar on the road under the Sunday night lights this week.
A Sunday night full of questions
The big question this week is if Moore can be as steady as he was coming off the bench against the Broncos.
He didn’t make any critical mistakes and will need to avoid making any against Green Bay if the Chiefs hope to compete on Sunday night.
But there are still more questions heading into the game.
The Chiefs defense played better than it has all season against Denver. Will it continue its resurgence, or will Rodgers put together another MVP-like performance for the Packers?
The answers will come soon after the 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City on Oct. 27. NBC will broadcast the game.