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Chiefs-Packers Week 13 predictions from Arrowhead Pride

Let’s see what AP staffers (and readers) think about Sunday’s game between Kansas City and Green Bay.

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Before the Kansas City Chiefs’ AFC West matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 12, Arrowhead Pride contributors turned in a good batch of picks. Pete Sweeney’s call for a 31-13 Kansas City win had just eight points of error — the season’s second-best individual prediction — while five staffers made predictions that were 14 points removed from the Chiefs’ 31-17 road win. While 63% of our contributor panel thought Kansas City would win in a blowout, just 21% of our readers thought so — and 11% predicted a Las Vegas victory.

In Week 13, the 8-3 Chiefs face the 5-6 Green Bay Packers at their house: historic Lambeau Field. According to DraftKings Sportsbook, Kansas City is favored by six points.

Let’s see what the staff — and our readers — think about the matchup.


Nate Christensen (@natech32)

Green Bay has looked a lot more competent recently, but good two showings against the Los Angeles Chargers’ and Detroit Lions’ defenses don’t change my mind too much for this game. I think the matchup between defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and Jordan Love is one that Green Bay can’t overcome — and the Kansas City offense will stack another nice performance.

Chiefs 27, Packers 20


John Dixon (@Arrowheadphones)

Now that Packers quarterback Jordan Love has thrown for 590 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions in the last two games against the Chargers and Lions, there’s been a lot of talk about Green Bay making a stretch run. Unfortunately for the Packers, they’re hosting one of the league’s best teams down the stretch. Since Patrick Mahomes took over the offense, the Chiefs are 19-3 in December.

Chiefs 27, Packers 20


Ron Kopp Jr. (@Ron_Kopp)

I’ve been impressed with the Packers’ recent turnaround. That should lead to a competitive game. Green Bay has playmakers on both sides of the ball, along with a coaching staff that has won big games. That said, the Packers’ offense hasn’t yet faced a unit like the Chiefs’ defense. I think that leads to trouble for Jordan Love. I see Kansas City holding it down — and taking care of business — on Sunday evening.

Chiefs 27, Packers 10


Rocky Magaña (@RockyMagana)

The Packers are riding high on a pair of back-to-back performances in which starting quarterback Jordan Love looked like he might actually be able to helm an NFL offense. But Love hasn't yet faced a defense of the Chiefs’ caliber, either. Green Bay wide receivers Christian Watson and Jayden Reed are going to have a tough test when they line up across from cornerbacks L’Jarius Sneed and Trent McDuffie — not to mention the rest of the Kansas City secondary. Stopping the run will be crucial to the Chiefs’ success. If they can shut down Aaron Jones, then the Packers are going to have a hard time scoring. The Kansas City offense should continue to run the ball — and look to hit Rashee Rice on quick underneath routes. I think the Chiefs win this one by two scores.

Chiefs 27, Packers 13


Jared Sapp (@TrumanChief)

The Packers have heated up during the season’s second half, but the Chiefs should be able to carry momentum from Week 12’s big win into Lambeau Field. Kansas City’s rediscovery of running back Isiah Pacheco could prove to be a devastating blow to a Packers team that has been becoming increasingly susceptible to the run. Green Bay also appears to be nursing key injuries on offense — which is suboptimal against Kansas City’s stout defense. On a night where we may see snow showers at Lambeau, an interesting story will be that visiting quarterback Patrick Mahomes has more experience playing through the elements than Green Bay’s Jordan Love. Expect the Chiefs offense to take a step back — and for Andy Reid to be satisfied with grinding this one out.

Chiefs 24, Packers 13


Stephen Serda (@StephenSerda)

The Packers are a young team that’s shown a lot of promise in recent weeks — but I think the Kansas City defense will be a different monster for it to face. It’s true: Jordan Love made some big-time throws against a banged-up Lions defense on Thanksgiving. But after its slow start against the Raiders, I fully expect the Chiefs’ defense to bounce back on the Sunday night stage. I’m not totally ready to buy into Kansas City’s offensive performance in Las Vegas, but Sunday night should be another national showcase displaying the talent of the Chiefs’ defense. I think the pass rush is going to give Love a lot of problems — and the offense will be good enough.

Chiefs 24, Packers 13


Matt Stagner (@stagdsp)

We could be optimistic, saying that the Chiefs figured out their offensive identity against the Raiders — and they'll be able to exploit a weaker Green Bay rushing defense with Isiah Pacheco. We can hope they’ll continue to feed Rashee Rice as their No. 1 wide receiver. We can also hope the Kansas City defense will play like it did for the final three quarters in Las Vegas, proving that the first quarter was a fluke. Or... we can focus on all of the flaws that have been exposed this season: drops, penalties and turnovers. If these pop up again, we should worry. But if not, the Chiefs are gearing up for another big playoff run. I choose optimism.

Chiefs 35, Packers 17


Pete Sweeney (@pgsween)

I think the year of not-so-exciting primetime games will continue on Sunday night in Green Bay. Especially after watching the Chiefs’ offensive breakthrough against the Raiders, I believe they are better than the Packers on both sides of the ball. If Kansas City continues to play mistake-free football, this shouldn’t be much of a contest.

Chiefs 30, Packers 10


Prop bets (from Pete Sweeney)

Head on over to DraftKings Sportsbook and take... everything Isiah Pacheco.

  • Isiah Pacheco anytime touchdown (+100)
  • Isiah Pacheco over 66.5 rushing yards (-115)
  • Isiah Pacheco over 16.5 receiving yards (-120)

Poll

Which team wins Chiefs (8-3) at Packers (5-6)?

This poll is closed

  • 16%
    Chiefs in a blowout (14 or more points)
    (84 votes)
  • 48%
    Chiefs in an easy win (8-13 points)
    (246 votes)
  • 27%
    Chiefs in a close game (7 or fewer points)
    (141 votes)
  • 3%
    Packers in a close game
    (20 votes)
  • 0%
    Packers in an easy win
    (5 votes)
  • 1%
    Packers in a blowout
    (8 votes)
504 votes total Vote Now

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