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Preview: Chicago at Kansas City
When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, October 11, 2015
Where: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
After eking out their first win last week, the Chicago Bears hope to make it two in a row when they travel to Kansas City to face the struggling Chiefs on Sunday. It’s the first of back-to-back road games for the Bears, who were blanked 26-0 at Seattle in their first contest away from home this season, while the Chiefs have lost three straight – the last two on the road.
Both teams need a dose of victory to keep their playoff hopes healthy after 1-3 starts, and the Bears bring in some positive momentum after a 22-20 home win over Oakland. “Winning has cured more ills than penicillin, and winning just feels better,” Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio told reporters. a1serviceplays.com The teams haven’t met since 2011, and Chicago hasn’t visited Kansas City since 2003, but Bears coach John Fox is a familiar foe for the Chiefs from his years in Denver. The former Broncos coach is 9-1 lifetime against Kansas City.
TV: 1 p.m. ET, Fox. LINE: Chiefs -9. O/U: 45
ABOUT THE BEARS (1-3): Chicago finally broke through last week when Jay Cutler led a game-winning drive that concluded with Robbie Gould’s 49-yard field goal in the final seconds. Cutler (hamstring) is expected to play despite being limited in practice this week, but top receiver Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) could miss his fourth straight game. The defense turned in its best effort of the season last week, holding the Raiders to 243 total yards and allowing fewer than 100 on the ground for the first time.
ABOUT THE CHIEFS (1-3): Kansas City failed to find the end zone in last week’s 36-21 loss at Cincinnati, settling for seven field goals from Cairo Santos. The Chiefs did manage a season-high 461 total yards, including a career-best 348 through the air by Alex Smith, but the defense endured a second straight rough week. Kansas City has allowed an average of 446.5 total yards the last two games and ranks 28th against the pass.
1. Seven of the 11 all-time meetings between the teams have been decided by seven points or fewer.
2. Cutler needs five touchdown passes to pass Sid Luckman (137) for the most in team history.
3. Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin has topped 140 receiving yards in consecutive games.
PREDICTION: Chiefs 23, Bears 20