There's a 16.5-point spread in tonight's Monday Night Football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots and judging by what the analysts are saying about the game that's an accurate line. It's be easier to list all the people actually picking the Chiefs to beat the Patriots (which isn't many).
Everyone with ESPN is picking New England on Monday night, as is all the CBS Sports experts. Peter King of SI.com predicts a 21-point Patriots victory while The Sporting News has a 45-10 final. Mike Florio and Gregg Rosenthal of Pro Football Talk both pick Patriots blowouts as does Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times and Peter Schraeger of FOXSports.com.
Boomer Esiason went on the Dennis and Callahan Show on WEEI on Monday and summed up what it seems most people are thinking about the Chiefs entering this game.
"This is a team that has no chance offensively," Esiason said of the Chiefs. "Offensively they're terrible. They get no big plays. They have guys that are capable of it. Dwayne Bowe, certainly, Steve Breaston are both capable players. But the fact that they're going to be playing with Tyler Palko tonight, he's going to make his first start as an NFL quarterback, leads me to believe that there's not going to be a lot of offense generated."
"On the other side, it's Romeo Crennel who's the defensive coordinator. I think he's not very creative. He just sits back. And I would imagine that Tom Brady should have one of his highest completion percentage nights assuming that the weather is going to be OK, which I think it is."
We have found one person picking KC tonight: Chris Gasper of the Boston Globe. Let's hope he's right.
Let's add another little nugget into this: the 16.5 point spread on the game ties the biggest line of any game in the NFL this season.
So, yeah, the Chiefs can wear those underdogs shirts this week.