Kansas City Chiefs @ Chicago Bears
Sunday Dec 22, 2019 at 8:20 pm
Opening Line: Kansas City -4 with a total of 45
Projected weather: 45 degrees, clear skies, with wind out of the SW at 10 mph
- The Kansas City Chiefs (10-4 SU, 9-5 ATS) have clinched the AFC west division championship for the fourth year in a row. In their final two games they will be trying to get one of the top two seeds and a first round bye. With Buffalo’s loss to New England on Saturday the Chiefs have sole possession of the third seed. They must win out and hope that the Patriots lose to the Miami Dolphins in their final game next week. If this happens the Chiefs would get the two seed by virtue of their 23-16 defeat of New England in their head-to-head matchup two weeks ago.
- The Chiefs claimed seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker Terrell Suggs off waivers from the Arizona Cardinals on Monday. He is expected to be a positive addition to their pass rush and very well could play in Sunday’s game against the Bears. He has had 138 sacks in his 17 year career with the Ravens and the Cardinals. He is familiar with the Chiefs’ defensive system because he played for defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo when they were both with Baltimore. The Kansas City defense has held two straight opponents under 300 total yards and they have created turnovers in each of their last five games.
- Kansas City QB Patrick Mahomes can be the first QB to ever throw for 9,000 yards and 75 touchdowns in his first 30 games. He currently has 8,987 yards and 73 touchdowns in his first 29 games. Two-time Pro Bowl TE Travis Kelce is the first tight end to ever have four straight 1,000 yard receiving seasons.
- The Chicago Bears (7-7 SU, 4-10 ATS) had put themselves back in the playoff conversation with three straight wins before their 21-13 loss at Green Bay last week ended that conversation and their playoff chances.
- QB Mitchell Trubisky has had a less than stellar first three seasons in the NFL since the Bears traded up to draft him with the second overall pick in 2017 ahead of Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes. Watson had made two straight Pro Bowls and Mahomes was the NFL’s MVP last year. Trubisky struggled last week against Green Bay throwing two interceptions and posting a lowly 64.5 passer rating.
- The Bears’ defense ranks third in points allowed but they have had some problems against the pass. Khalil Mack needs two and a half sacks to record double-digit sacks for the fifth straight year but he has had only two sacks in his last seven games.