NFL Free Pick: KC/CIN

There’s not much on the line outside of pride when the Cincinnati Bengals host the Kansas City Chiefs this week at Paul Brown Stadium.

Who will we give the nod to in our NFL Free Pick for this game?

Our team of writers and handicappers break down the matchup and hand out a Free NFL Pick for Week 17.

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Oddsmakers from online sports book Sportsbook.com have made the Bengals -3 point spread favorite. The over/under for this game has been set at 38.5 total points.

Key Trend: The Chiefs are 6-3 against the spread in their last nine games and 7-3 against the number in their last 10 games when playing Cincinnati. The Bengals meanwhile, are just 3-11-1 straight up in their last 15 games.

Key Stat: Both of these teams are allowing over 20 points per game. The Bengals are surrendering 23.9 points per game, while the Chiefs are allowing 28.3 PPG. Both teams have issues scoring, too, as the Chiefs are averaging 19 points per game, while Cincinnati has only mustered 12.5 PPG.

Game Outlook: There’s not much to this matchup because nothing is on the line but dignity for both teams, although Herman Edwards could be fighting for his job. The Bengals come into this game on a two-game winning streak, although they might have peaked. Kansas City has had some success in Cincinnati in previous seasons and we think this is a game they can win outright. The Chiefs have been right there all season, but have trouble finishing opponents off. They fought the Dolphins hard in KC last week and should be able to score on a Cincinnati defense that is allowing 23.9 points per game. We lean towards the Chiefs in this matchup, but suggest making the under your main play. Both of these teams have brutal defenses, but the weather should be bad in Cincinnati and the Bengals have trouble scoring against everybody. For the rest of our NFL Free Pick, see below.

Our Free NFL Pick for the Week 17 matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals is

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS +3

TheSpread.com Projected Final Score

Kansas City Chiefs 16

Cincinnati Bengals 13

We also predict that this game will GO UNDER THE TOTAL (38.5 Sports Interaction.com) SET BY ODDSMAKERS

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Posted: 12/28/08 10:00AM ET

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