The Kansas City Chiefs (11-3) still have a lot to play for the last two weeks, as they now find themselves in a tie for the AFC West lead heading into the Week 16 Sunday Night Football matchup with the Seattle Seahawks (8-6). Kansas City fell 29-28 at home to the Los Angeles Chargers (11-3) in the Week 15 Thursday night game and sits as a 2.5-point road favorite at Seattle on the NFL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
The Chiefs looked like they were going to cruise to the division title and the No. 1 seed in the AFC, but the Chargers have won four games in a row and 10 of 11 to put pressure on them. Despite losing at home to Los Angeles last week, Kansas City has gone an impressive 11-3-1 against the spread in its last 15 prime-time appearances. The Chiefs are also 7-1 ATS in the past eight meetings with the Seahawks, according to the OddsShark NFL Database, who have dropped 20 of 26 straight up in the series.
The New England Patriots (9-5) hold tiebreakers over Kansas City and the Houston Texans (10-4) for the top two seeds in the AFC, but the two-time defending conference champions have work to do the last two weeks and need some help along the way.
At least the Patriots get to play their last two games at Gillette Stadium, where they are the NFL’s lone unbeaten home team at 6-0 SU (5-1 ATS). New England hosts the Buffalo Bills (5-9) first as a 12.5-point favorite in an AFC East game this Sunday and has won 15 of the past 17 home meetings, covering the spread in each of the last four overall.
The Texans have a much more difficult matchup in visiting the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles (7-7) as 2.5-point road underdogs at online betting sites. Philadelphia has beaten Houston four straight times by an average of 13 points and owns a 9-2 mark both SU and ATS in its last 11 home games versus teams with winning records.
The Minnesota Vikings (7-6-1) are battling the Eagles, Seahawks and Washington Redskins (7-7) for the two NFC Wild Card berths after the Chicago Bears (10-4) clinched the NFC North last week. The Vikings visit the Detroit Lions (5-9) as 5.5-point road favorites, but they are just 2-6 ATS in their last eight divisional road games.
The Bears might be due for a letdown when they visit the San Francisco 49ers (4-10) as four-point road favorites after defeating the Los Angeles Rams (11-3) and Green Bay Packers (5-8-1) the previous two weeks. Chicago is 1-8 SU and ATS in the past nine road meetings with San Francisco, which upset Seattle 26-23 in overtime last week.
The Rams are hoping to stay in contention for the No. 1 seed in the NFC too when they visit the Arizona Cardinals as 14-point road favorites. They trail the New Orleans Saints (12-2) by one game and would lose a tiebreaker, but they have won the past three meetings with the Cardinals SU and ATS by an average of nearly 28 points.
The Saints can clinch the top seed with a victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers (8-5-1) as 5.5-point home favorites. In a game that is important to each team, the visitor is 1-4 SU in the past five meetings, and New Orleans has covered its last four at home.