Patrick Mahomes via Jeffrey Beall [CC BY 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0)] for Sunday Night Football

Sunday Night Football for Week 16 features one of the most exciting offenses and one of the most feared defenses. Having already won their division, the Chiefs look to lock up the #3-seed in the AFC. For the home team, DAAAAA Bears have already been eliminated from playoff contention and it may benefit them to lose this game.

Sunday Night Football

Kansas City Chiefs at Chicago Bears

Soldier Field

Chicago, IL

Betting

The Chiefs enter this game as -7.0 favorites and I like that number up to -8.5 points. The Bears offense hasn’t been and won’t be able to keep up with the scoring that the Chiefs can do. Also, the Chiefs defense has been surprisingly good against QB’s for the last month of the season. Keep in mind that they’re facing Trubisky tonight and his wildly inaccurate throws. 

Injuries

The Bears will be without WR Taylor Gabriel, RT Bobby Massie, and DL Akiem Hicks tonight on Sunday Night Football. More notably, CB Prince Amukamara is listed as questionable with a hamstring injury. If you ask the fans and reporters, this may be a “good thing” for the Bears.

On the Chiefs side of things, LG Andrew Wylie and CB Morris Claiborne are the only guys listed as OUT with injuries tonight. This means for the first time in quite a while, the Chiefs backfield enters a game at 100% health.

Chiefs Offense vs. Bears Defense

The former MVP, Patrick Mahomes, looks to continue where he left off last week. Mahomes is arguably the most talented QB in the NFL right now and is even starting to use his legs more often.

He may not be Lamar Jackson running ability good, but Mahomes’ elusiveness has proven to get him out of enough binds. The Bears can easily counter with Kahlil Mack on the edge alongside Leonard Floyd, but Akiem Hicks injury leaves a gaping window for Mahomes. Expect the Bears pass rush and front-7 to keep the Chiefs rushing attack in control, but Mahomes will still easily get his 250+ passing yards. Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce will expose the poor coverage of the Bears secondary that gets burned despite their awesome pass rush. I’m honestly surprised the Cowboys-Eagles game wasn’t flexed into this Sunday Night Football slot. The Chiefs offense should be able to have their way tonight and this game will not be that close. 

Bears Offense vs. Chiefs Defense

The Chiefs defense has been on a tear against opposing QB’s as of late. With Mitchell Trubisky on deck, I fully expect this streak to continue. The Bears offense has struggled all year long and is not in a prime spot to alter that tonight. Allen Robinson has remained productive despite his QB play, which is really an anecdote of his career thus far. With Taylor Gabriel missing action again, Anthony Miller is once again an excellent sleeper fantasy play tonight. He’s received double-digit targets in 3 of his last 5 games. The Bears are going to have to run the ball despite probably losing early on in this one. The Chiefs are allowing over 130 rushing yards per game and David Montgomery is the lone ball carrier for the Bears. I predict Montgomery to get 15+ touches and 80+ yards on the ground in this one. He hasn’t been overly productive during his rookie season but tonight is an opportunity to showcase to the Bears front office that he is the guy.

Predictions

Chiefs: 24

Bears: 12

Guaranteed Touchdown Scorer: Travis Kelce

Dart Throw Touchdown Scorer: Sammy Watkins

Best Fantasy QB: Patrick Mahomes, don’t get cute.

Better Fantasy RB: David Montgomery, the Chiefs backfield is too crowded for any 1 guy to standout tonight.

Better Fantasy WR: Tyreek Hill, don’t get cute.

Best Fantasy TE: Travis Kelce, don’t get cute.

Better Fantasy D/ST: Chiefs, the Bears are the better defense but it’s the Trubisky-effect tonight.

Conclusion

Who do you think wins tonight on Sunday Night Football? Will the Chiefs lock up the #3-seed? Let me know in the comments below! Also, check out the shop and other content by clicking here. Oh, and there’s also a giveaway going on.

-Mitchell Seefeldt

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