The 1-3 Kansas City Chiefs enter Arrowhead Stadium in Week 5 needing a win against the 1-3 Chicago Bears. The Chiefs are hoping to snap a three-game losing streak where their defense has performed ... not very well. The Chiefs are surprisingly one of the worst defenses in the league statistically but face a Bears team ranked 28th in offense at just 17 points per game. Even better news for the Chiefs, the Bears defense is ranked 31st in the NFL giving up 31 points per game.
The Chiefs need a "get right" game after facing Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers and Andy Dalton in the past three weeks. Jay Cutler led the NFL in interceptions last year and the Bears look like they'll be competing for the No. 1 pick in the NFL this year. The Chiefs are a huge favorite (10 points) so all signs are pointing towards the Chiefs getting back on track this year.
If they can beat the Bears, the Chiefs would move to 2-3 on the season with games coming up against the Vikings, Steelers and Lions in the second quarter of the season. All those games will likely have close point spreads and be winnable ... it just depends which Chiefs team shows up. The one we saw last year with one of the best defenses in the NFL? Or the one we've seen in the past three weeks giving up more than 30 points per game? Cutler is no Rodgers or Dalton so I am predicting the Chiefs win and get back on track this week.
If the Chiefs lose, Kansas City will not be a fun place to be. That would be an awful sign for the Chiefs this season, who had expectations coming into the year.
Here are the game details...
Nuts and bolts
Location: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
Game time: Sunday, October 11, 12 p.m. (Arrowhead Time)
TV channel: FOX (Do I get the game?)
Online streaming: NFL Game Pass (Live audio, replay after it's over)
Matchup history: Bears lead 6-5 (all-time)
Announcers: Sam Rosen, John Lynch, Pam Oliver (sideline)
Enemy blog: Windy City Gridiron
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Week 1: @ Houston Texans (W: 27-20)
Week 2: Denver Broncos (L: 31-24)
Week 3: @ Green Bay Packers (L: 38-28)
Week 4: @ Cincinnati Bengals (L: 36-21)
Week 5: Chicago Bears (Oct. 11, 12 p.m., Fox)
Week 6: @ Minnesota Vikings (Oct. 18, 12 p.m., CBS)
Week 7: Pittsburgh Steelers (Oct. 25, 12 p.m., CBS)
Week 8: Detroit Lions (London, Nov. 1, 8:30 a.m., Fox)
Week 9: BYE
Week 10: @ Denver Broncos (Nov. 15, 3:25 p.m., CBS)
Week 11: @ San Diego Chargers (SNF, Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m., NBC)
Week 12: Buffalo Bills (Nov. 29, 12 p.m., CBS)
Week 13: @ Oakland Raiders (Dec. 6, 3:05 p.m., CBS)
Week 14: San Diego Chargers (Dec. 13, 12 p.m, CBS)
Week 15: @ Baltimore Ravens (Dec. 20, 12 p.m., CBS)
Week 16: Cleveland Browns (Dec. 27, 12 p.m., CBS)
Week 17: Oakland Raiders (Jan. 3, 12 p.m., CBS)