Andy Reid has had the magic touch in close games as his Kansas City Chiefs scrapped and sacked their way to an 17-16 home win against the Houston Texans today. No style points for beating Case Keenum by only a point but KC moves to 7-0 nonetheless. They face another squad receiving shaky play from the quarterback position, welcoming quarterback Brandon Weeden and the Cleveland Browns (3-4) to Arrowhead. Cleveland just fell to 0-4 with Weeden as starter and must shake off a Week 7 clobbering by the Green Bay Packers.
NFL Week 8 Matchup: Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs (1 p.m. ET Sunday)
Predicted Spread: Chiefs by 7 (Early Spread: Chiefs by 7.5)
The Chiefs haven’t gotten the respect of your typical undefeated team heading into late October. This happens when none of your wins came against teams that maintained winning records, as was the case for KC heading into today. Taking care of business against the Texans or the Browns betters their playoff position but still fails to shake the perception of an AFC West bridesmaid. Props in order for Jamaal Charles‘ hard-running and shouldering of the offensive load; call us when Alex Smith and Peyton Manning go head-to-head.
That’s not to say the Browns don’t stand a chance here, and with the Denver Broncos looming in the near future we could have a trap game over the next couple weeks. Cleveland’s defensive unit has improved from one of the league’s worst to among the better ones in the span of one offseason. The switch to 3-4 has gone marvelously and the world is being reminded out much an impact Joe Haden has when healthy. Unfortunately it seems the Brian Hoyer injury is slowly sucking the potential out of this team all around.
Key Matchup: Tamba Hali vs. Joe Thomas
The best pass protector of this generation facing the 2013 league-leader in quarterback pressures.