The Kansas City Chiefs host the Miami Dolphins at Arrowhead Stadium in Week 9 and most people are predicting a KC victory. (Spoiler alert: So am I.) I've got five predictions on today's game involving the Chiefs receivers, Brandon Marshall, Reggie Bush along with a score prediction.
Give us your five predictions in the comments....
A Chiefs receiver blows up. The Dolphins have been without Vontae Davis for almost a month now so they're starting to get used to playing without him. Rookie cornerback Jimmy Wilson will be playing and I think the Chiefs receivers take advantage of that. KC showed last week that Jonathan Baldwin can be a big weapon as he amassed 82 yards and a touchdown. Steve Breaston has been consistent the last month and he's got the speed to turn a short catch into a long gain. Dwayne Bowe, meanwhile, is Dwayne Bowe. We know what he can do. One of these guys blows up and passes 100 yards receiving on the day and catches a touchdown.
Chiefs win the turnover battle. I'm probably going to end up predicting this every week for the rest of the year. The Chiefs haven't lost the turnover battle since Week 2. I think the secondary comes away with a pair of interceptions today and the Chiefs protect the football, something the offense hasn't done very well the last couple weeks.
Brandon Marshall has a big day. He usually does pretty well against the Chiefs. In six games in which he's recorded a catch, here's Marshall's stat line against KC: 44 receptions, 483 yards and six touchdowns. So, yeah, he has the Chiefs number. A lot of those came with Jay Cutler at quarterback but Marshall is still a beast. I see him picking up seven receptions for about 90 yards and a touchdown. Brandon Flowers plays well but Marshall is too good.
Reggie Bush does nothing. Bush had 100 yards on the ground last week for the first time in forever (or since 2006, his rookie year) so I think the Dolphins are going to want to feed him the ball a little more. The problem? Bush just isn't that good. He gets 15 total touches but doesn't do anything with it today.
Chiefs win. There's a zero percent chance of me picking against the Chiefs during a winning streak. Let's go with 17-13. Go Chiefs!