Sunday Night Football: Bengals vs Chiefs Preview and Pick

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Chiefs Face Tough Foe in Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals and the Kansas City Chiefs battle at Arrowhead Stadium Sunday night. Two of the best teams in the NFL put it all on the line in primetime. Sunday Night Football is upon us.

TV: 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC. LINE: Chiefs -5.5 O/U: 586

The Chiefs will face a third consecutive AFC contender on Sunday night. The Chiefs put the best record in the conference on the line against the Bengals. Cincinnati is tied atop the AFC North standings.

Both teams are looking to bounce back from crushing losses a week ago.

The Bengals took the lead with 1:18 left against the Steelers. That only led to Pittsburgh drive for a score with 10 seconds remaining and claim a 28-21 victory.

Kansas City phenom Patrick Mahomes led a spirited comeback in the second half at New England. Then Tom Brady struck. The Patriots kicked a field goal in the final seconds for a 43-40 triumph.

Bengals Come in Looking to Get Offense Going

The Bengals are 4-2 and sit atop the AFC North.

Cincinnati ranks just 23rd in total offense. They are  sixth in scoring thanks to a league-best 75 percent touchdown rate in the red zone.

Andy Dalton has thrown seven interceptions but also has 14 touchdown passes. That includes three to veteran star A.J. Green and four to Tyler Boyd. Boyd has emerged as a dangerous secondary target.

With the exception of a Week 3 loss at Carolina, the Bengals have been solid against the run. The secondary has struggled  because of an inconsistent pass rush.

The Bengals have recorded 12 sacks in their four wins and only one in their two losses.

Chiefs Want High-Powered Offense Humming

Kansas City’s offense is producing at a record-setting clip. Mahomes has passed for 1,865 yards with 18 touchdowns. He only has four interceptions through six games.

The second-year quarterback is surrounded with a lot of talent. Running back Kareem Hunt and versatile speedster Tyreek Hill have combined for 13 touchdowns.

The defense has been another story. They rank last in the NFL in total defense and 27th in scoring. The Chiefs have struggled mightily against the pass. They are without safety Eric Berry who is out with an Achilles injury.

Linebacker Justin Houston has a bum hamstring. He could miss his second consecutive game.

Patrick Mahomes is the first quarterback in franchise history to pass for 300 yards in five consecutive games. He is second in the league to do so since 2016. Aaron Rodgers was the other.

Hill has averaged 47.4 yards on his 27 career touchdowns.

PREDICTION: Chiefs 37, Bengals 30

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Next up:
Cincinnati home to Tampa Bay Sunday, October 28
Kansas City home to Denver Sunday, October 28

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