Angry Patrick Mahomes and Co. against a vastly underperforming defense? Sign me up! That is exactly what we get this Sunday, as the Kanas City Chiefs visit the Washington Football Team. Here are the NFL odds, live stream and radio options, the TV channel, and a prediction for Chiefs vs. Washington in Week 6.
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Washington Football Team prediction and odds | Week 6
Odds from DraftKings sportsbook.
Spread: Chiefs -6.5
Moneyline: Chiefs -305, Washington +240
The Chiefs are 2-3. The defense has allowed 29+ points in ALL five games this season. Is it time to hit the panic button? Washington owns an identical 2-3 record. Still, with their backup QB under center, a plethora of injuries, and a talented defense not living up to the hype, that’s actually not so bad. However, this game is quietly one that could define the season for each team.
Kansas City needs to right the ship, or else we may witness an uncharacteristic spiral downwards. On the opposite sideline, not many expect Washington to hold a candle to the Chiefs. Yet, if they stand their ground or even somehow win, they will have a shot at the NFC East crown.
Both teams own identical ATS and over/under records
Kansas City and Washington are both 1-4 against the spread. Additionally, the over has hit in four out of five of their games in 2021. So let’s get that second part out of the way — sledgehammer the over in this one. As for the spread, the Chiefs have been favored by more than 2 points in every game this year. However, they only cashed in against the Eagles (42-30, -6.5). While I believe WFT will keep this closer than many anticipate, KC should ultimately throttle past the 6.5 points.
Chiefs vs. Washington prediction
Despite their record, the Chiefs are top 10 in nearly every offensive metric. They are averaging 420.4 total yards (fourth), 292.2 passing yards (fifth), 128.2 rushing yards (seventh), and 30.8 points per game (fifth). Do you know what makes them even scarier? Kansas City is playing on one foot as they keep shooting the other one. They are tied with the Jaguars in turnovers (11) and are 31st behind, you guessed it, Jacksonville in turnover differential (-7).
Mahomes owns the most passing TDs (16) and is tied for the third-most INTs (6). While he and the offense seem slightly off, they still are one of, if not the units in the NFL.
Andy Reid has the best QB, arguably the best WR, and the best TE at his disposal. The offensive line is revamped, and Clyde Edwards-Helaire was playing extremely well — outside a couple of costly fumbles — before spraining his MCL. Oh, and they just signed Josh Gordon off the street. If he is healthy (both physically and mentally), just wait until he acclimates to the NFL again and gets a grasp of Reid’s system.
Two defenses struggling to provide for their offenses
With all that firepower, why is Kansas City only 2-3? Ding, ding, ding — the defense. Although they have dealt with injuries, this squad is getting torched. They are allowing 437.4 total yards per game (31st), 32.6 points per game (32nd), 9.3 yards per pass (30th), and 5.2 yards per rush (30th). To add insult to injury, they have generated the fewest sacks (7) in the league to boot. Kansas City, we have a problem. And it starts with a capital D.
Still, as far as matchups go, this one isn’t so bad. Washington, led by Taylor Heinicke, is averaging the 20th-most total yards (348.2) and the 12th-most points (26.4) per game. The offense is just average, with only Antonio Gibson — playing through a stress fracture on his shin — and Terry McLaurin deserving the defense’s attention. Curtis Samuel re-aggravated a groin injury that plagued his entire offseason, and Logan Thomas was placed on IR.
In the end, even if Washington corrals a few touchdowns against a deflated defense, the Chiefs can air it out against their secondary. Chase Young and that “vaunted” pass rush have not hit home (only 9 sacks), putting more pressure on the DBs. Well, they are bending — and breaking — on more than a few occasions. Washington has conceded a first down on 39.5% of dropbacks, the seventh-highest rate in the NFL.
Mahomes and the Chiefs get the offense back on track this game, while the defense plays above their standards — which isn’t saying much.
Prediction: Chiefs 38, Washington 24
How to watch and listen to Chiefs vs. Washington this week
Start time: 1 PM ET
Hulu + Live TV
NFL Mobile App
NFL Sunday Ticket
Sirius XM Radio
Local Kansas City: 106.5 The Wolf
Local Washington: WTEM 980 AM, WMAL 105.9 FM, ESPN 630 AM