- The Kansas City Chiefs are -135 on the moneyline and two-point betting favorites over the Arizona Cardinals.
- The total for the game is set at 41.0 points, on the higher side from what preseason games have had thus far.
GLENDALE, Ariz. – The Arizona Cardinals will host the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday in Week 2 of the NFL preseason. Both teams will be sending their top units on the field for at least a portion of the game as both coaches have said so.
Will The Winner Come Down To Which Starters Play Longer?
At times, betting on the preseason can be a shot in the dark as there are so many variables going into each game such as how many reps the first team will play before stepping aside for the players lower on the depth chart. Online gambling sites may believe the Kansas City Chiefs will have their starters play more than the Arizona Cardinals.
Chiefs vs Cardinals Moneyline Odds
- Kansas City Chiefs -135
- Arizona Cardinals +115
Andy Reid has confirmed that the starters will play the first half against the Cardinals while the second and third-string players will finish up the game.
Kliff Kingsbury has also said that he will give Kyler Murray some reps, which then leads to a fair assumption most of the other starters will see some field time as well, but likely less than what the Chiefs plan to do.
A full half of first-team Chiefs may be enough to secure a win which leaves the line of -135 set by online sportsbooks in question. From what we’ve seen thus far in the preseason, points are hard to come by and if getting the full-throttle Chiefs offense for two quarters is real, Kansas City should be able to win the game.
Betting The Total: 41.0 Points
The Under went 13-3 in the first week of the preseason, but as teams get more reps under their belts, the totals are only rising. NFL betting sites have the total for this matchup north of 40 points.
Chiefs vs Cardinals Total Odds
- Over 41.0 -115
- Under 41.0 -105
The reason the total is set this high is likely because of the aforementioned duration of which the starters will be on the field.
However, last week proved that points are tough to put on the board in the preseason, even with the starting unit on the field. It’s a case of either following the trends or following the news. At the end of the day, it’s up to the individual.