Fourteen down, one to go.
The only game that remains for Week 8 of the 2021 NFL season is the Monday Night Football matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and New York Giants.
Week 8 has seen underdogs cover in 8 of the 14 games -- with two pushes, and that includes straight-up victories by eight 'dogs. Insane. Meanwhile, the totals have split down the middle, with seven hitting the over and seven going under.
Tonight's matchup of two squads that had vastly differing expectations entering the season -- with the underperforming 3-4 Kansas City Chiefs taking on the 2-5 New York Giants.
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For this piece, our staff will be covering whatever bets they feel strongest about for the Kansas City Chiefs vs. New York Giants matchup -- no limitations. Let’s get to it!
Kansas City Chiefs -10.5 (+105)
This feels like the perfect “get right” spot for Kansas City on national television. They were embarrassed last week by the Titans, as their three-point output was their worst offensive game in Andy Reid’s nine-year tenure as head coach. Teams have been taking away the Chiefs’ big-play ability with two-high safeties, but we trust in Reid’s creative play-calling, and that they will dial up a game plan to not force the issue and to take what the defense is giving them. Without Saquon Barkley for the Giants, New York’s offense has a much lower ceiling.
-- Mike Spector (@MikeSpector01)
New York Giants +10.5 (-107)
The Kansas City Chiefs have allowed 203 points this season, which is an average of 29 points per game allowed. Yet, the Chiefs are favorites by double digits? They'd have to score 40 points to cover if they give up 29 points in this game. The Giants position players are starting to get healthy and now there's more depth than ever before. New York's offense has been sluggish, but with Kadarius Toney and Sterling Shepard potentially playing in this game, the Giants have some serious weapons. The Chiefs' offense will be just fine but that defense will keep the Giants in the game. So give me the points tonight.
-- Jason Radowitz (@Jason_Radowitz)
Devontae Booker Under 51.5 Rushing Yards (-115)
Devontae Booker has yet to eclipse 51 rushing yards this season. It's likely this game will get out of reach for the Giants which will result in a minimal run game for Booker. Prior to giving up 84 rushing yards to Derrick Henry in Week 7, the Kansas City Chiefs did not allow a running back to reach 50 rushing yards in Weeks 4, 5, and 6. The only way Booker reaches the over would be on a huge run. He definitely will not get there due to volume. The game script for the Giants will likely call for Devontae Booker to be more involved in the receiving game than the run game.
-- Nate Hamilton (@DomiNateFF)
Daniel Jones Over 243.5 Yards Passing (-110)
I really think the Chiefs put up about a billion points tonight and cover, but the spread is 10 or 10.5 most places and I just don’t want to lay those kind of points with a team that’s struggling right now. Instead, I’m backing Danny Dimes to throw over 243.5 yards. The Chiefs’ defense is bad. They’ve allowed more than 243 yards passing to the opposing QB in all but two of their games this season, and one of those times came against Taylor Heinicke, who is as much of an NFL QB as you and me. The Chiefs should win big, but, even if they don’t, we’re going to see both teams airing it out.
-- Brian Good (@BeGood1219)
Devontae Booker Over 47.5 Rushing Yards (-115)
Last week against Carolina, Devontae Booker went for 51 yards and a score. In three games since taking over for Saquon Barkley, Booker is averaging 44.7 yards per game, and this week he’s going up against one of the worst rush defenses in the league in the Kansas City Chiefs.K.C. ranks 27th in yards and they’ve already allowed 10 rushing touchdowns on the season. Kansas City has allowed a rusher to go over this number in every single game this year and more than likely Booker is going to have the most attempts for the Giants this week
-- Matt O’Leary (@MattOLearyNY)
Daniel Jones Over 25.5 Rushing Yards (-108)
Since I first looked at this bet, the odds have moved from +125 to -108, but I'd still be all over this. The Chiefs enter this game having ceded the third-most rush yards to opposing signal-callers -- 34.5 per game. In fact, Kansas City has surrendered 47 or more on the ground to a quartreback in three of their last six. Meanwhile, Daniel Jones has been above this number in five of his six healthy games this season. With Saquon Barkley out, the G-Men are going to have to rely on Jones' legs in this one to have a chance.
-- Elisha Twerski (@ElishaTwerski)