London will host the third and final NFL International Series game this Sunday at 9:30 AM ET at Wembley Stadium. This week it will be another pair of disappointing squads hoping that a trip across the pond can turn their fortunes.
The NFL week 8 odds list the Kansas City Chiefs as 6-point betting favorites over the Detroit Lions. The game will be broadcast live on FOX and streamed live via Fox Sports Go.
A Closer At How To Bet The Detroit Lions at Kansas City Chiefs NFL Week 8 Odds From London & My Betting Analysis
What: Detroit Lions (1-6) at Kansas City Chiefs (2-5)
When: Sunday, November 1, 2015
Kickoff: 9:30 AM ET
Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Weather: 64° F | Morning Clouds
Spread: Chiefs -6
Moneyline: Detroit +190 vs Kansas City -230
Game Total: 45.5
Stream: Fox Sports Go
Listen: Detroit vs Kansas City
If You Are Betting On The Detroit Lions Odds At +6 Over the Kansas City Chiefs
The Detroit Lions are 1-6 straight up and against the spread so far this season. Their offense averages 19.6 (30th) points, 278.6 passing yards (7th) and 68.0 (32nd) rushing yards per game. They are coming off their second loss of the season to the Minnesota Vikings by a 28-19 score. QB Matthew Stafford was sacked a combined seven times in those two games.
“We’ve shown we can play inspired ball in London and we’re hoping for that again,” cornerback Rashean Mathis said. “But we’d rather get on top of the Chiefs early. No more dramatic comebacks. We just want to dominate from the first snap Sunday.”
The last time the Detroit Lions visited London, they emerged with a stirring victory and were tied for the best record in the NFL.
Stafford has struggled all season. He has thrown for 1866 yards, 12 touchdowns, and nine interceptions while posting a 86.8 passer rating this season.
What’s wrong with the Lions’ offense? A lack of protection, bad play calling and a run game stuck in neutral cost three coaches, including offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, their jobs. They replaced him with 31-year-old quarterbacks coach Jim Bob Cooter, a pupil of coach Jim Caldwell who has worked with QB Matthew Stafford for two years.
“He’s been great,” Stafford said. “But the more he starts talking football, you understand his intelligence and his understanding of the game. That garners respect from guys.”
Cooter is also hoping to re-open the much feared Stafford to Megatron connection that has given opposing defenses fits for years. WR Calvin Johnson (43 rec, 574 yards, 3 TDs) should have a good matchup against a Kansas City defense that has given up the most points to wide receivers in the entire league. RB Theo Riddick (36 rec, 318 yards, 2 TDs) has become an important part of their offense, catching passes from the backfield. After a successful 2014 campaign WR Golden Tate (34 rec, 318 yards, 1 TD) has struggled as well.
Rookie RB Ameer Abdullah (62 att, 222 yards, 1 TD) was drafted to take the lead rushing gig, but has struggled with ball security. Joique Bell could see an increased work load. He missed three games with an ankle injury and was limited to three carries for 21 yards against Minnesota
Detroit’s defense allows 28.6 points (29th), 269.0 passing yards (24th) and 123.4 rushing yards (24th) per game. Stephen Tulloch leads the team with 56 tackles, Ezekiel Ansah has 6.5 sacks, and Darius Slay has seven passes deflected.
If You Are Betting On Kansas City Chiefs Odds At -6 Over the Detroit Lions
The Kansas City Chiefs are 2-5 straight up and against the spread so far this season. Their offense averages 21.4 points (21st), 239.9 passing yards (19th), and 106.3 rushing yards (18th) per game. They beat a banged-up Pittsburgh Steelers team by a 23-13 score last week.
QB Alex Smith has thrown for 1824 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions this season, completing 62.8% of his passes. He has a 90.3 passer rating after seven games.
WR Jeremy Maclin (39 rec, 531 yards, 1 TDs) may be back after missing one game with a concussion. TE Travis Kelce (34 rec, 489 yards, 2 TDs) ranks third among tight ends with 489 receiving yards, and after finishing sixth with 862 yards last season, it’s clear Kelce is already among the top players at the position in his third NFL season.
Rookie RB Charcandrick West (43 att, 191 yards, 1 TD) was thrust into the starting gig early after Jamaal Charles season ended to a blown out knee.
Kansas City’s defense allows 24.6 (18th) points, 265.0 passing yards (23rd), and 103.4 rushing yards (11th) per game. Derrick Johnson leads the team with 38 tackles; Allen Bailey has 4.5 sacks and Marcus Peters has three interceptions.
Betting Trends Related To This Matchup:
- Detroit Lions 1-2 On Road or Neutral this season
- Detroit Lions 4-8 On Road or Neutral since last season
- Detroit Lions 1-4 As Underdog or PK this season
- Detroit Lions 3-8 As Underdog or PK since last season
- Kansas City Chiefs 7-5 As Favorite since last season
- Detroit Lions 1-3 When Line was 44 to 47 since last season
- Detroit Lions 1-2 As Road Underdog this season
- Detroit Lions 1-2 O-U On Road or Neutral this season
- Detroit Lions 2-10 O-U On Road or Neutral since last season
- Kansas City Chiefs 5-7 O-U On Road or Neutral since last season
- Kansas City Chiefs 2-6 O-U When Line was 44 to 47 since last season
- Detroit Lions 1-6 O-U vs Teams Averaging 21 to 25 PPG since last season
- Kansas City Chiefs 1-2 O-U vs Teams Averaging <21 PPG this season
The Lions are 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a S.U. loss, 1-4 ATS in their last five games following an ATS loss, 1-4 ATS in their last five games as an underdog, 1-6 ATS in their last seven games overall, 0-8 ATS in their last eight games on grass and 11-24-1 ATS in their last 36 games in November.
The Chiefs are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games in Week 8, 5-2 ATS vs. a team with a losing record, are 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last five games after allowing less than 15 points in their previous game.
My NFL Week 8 Betting Pick: Lions +6.
PLAYERS OUT OR DOUBTFUL:
- Detroit: Zach Zenner, DeAndre Levy, Alex Carter.
- Kansas City: Jamaal Charles.