Travis Kelce Concussion Shouldn’t Derail Chiefs’ Odds
The Kansas City Chiefs, led by Alex Smith (the most underrated quarterback of his generation), are surging. They’re 5-0, they’re the best team in football, and they’re not slowing down. Even while wide receiver Chris Conley went down with a season-ending Achilles injury and a Travis Kelce concussion threatens to rattle the offense, there’s no reason to believe the Chiefs won’t simply keep rolling.
Yes, some of the Chiefs’ passing offense might be impacted as Smith could have two fewer reliable targets for Week 6’s home game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. And yes, there’s no overstating Kelce’s importance as an All-Pro tight end on a pass-heavy team with a gunslinging QB. But remember, Smith has always found a way to put up solid numbers no matter who starts or sits. Plus, the Chiefs have the second-best running game in the NFL. So there’s that.
While the odds at most legal online sportsbooks have yet to be posted, you can assume that – whether the Travis Kelce concussion keeps the tight end out of the game or not – the Chiefs will open as favorites against the struggling Steelers. I’d be wary about a really big spread (say, 7 points or more), but if this matchup hits 2.5-3.5 points, you’ll probably want to put a few bucks on Kansas City.
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