Big Al's Daily Angle: EPL and NFL Preview

by Alec McMordie

The Monday sports card features an NFL football doubleheader along with two matches in the English Premier League.

The opening NFL game has the Kansas City Chiefs travel to Buffalo to play the Bills in a contest of two AFC playoff teams from the last season that are looking to rebound from upset losses last week.

Kansas City lost their first game of the season last Sunday at home to Las Vegas by a 40-32 score despite being an 11-point favorite. The Chiefs allowed the Raiders to gain 490 yards in what was their worst defensive effort of the season. Kansas City is 20th in the league by allowing 382.8 yards per game. If the Chiefs need to outlast the Bills in a scoring fest, they will have to do this without wide receiver Sammy Watkins and guard Kelechi Osemele, who are out for this game with injuries. Running back Le’Veon Bell signed last week, but he is not eligible to begin playing with the team until next week.

Buffalo lost by a 42-16 score at Tennessee as a 3-point favorite last Tuesday. The Bills held the Titans to just 334 yards but allowed them to score a touchdown in all six of their trips to the red zone. Quarterback Josh Allen completed 26 of 41 passes in that game for 263 yards with two touchdown passes and two interceptions. Allen’s improvement this season remains remarkable. After finishing last in completion percentage and 30th in passing yards per game, Allen began Week 6 ranked 6th in the NFL with his 69.3% completion percentage, and his 317.8 passing yards per game average is second-best in the league.

This game was previously scheduled as the Thursday night game to begin Week 6 before the COVID issues with the Titans caused this rescheduling. Fox still has the broadcast with the NFL Network, with the kickoff scheduled for 5 PM ET. Kansas City is a 5-point favorite with the total set at 56.5 (all odds from BetOnline).

The prime-time Monday Night Football game on ESPN this week has the Arizona Cardinals traveling to Dallas to face the Cowboys. 

Dallas is just 2-3 on the season, but that still puts them in first place in the NFC East. The Cowboys come off a 37-34 victory over the New York Giants last week in a bittersweet victory for Dallas nation. Quarterback Dak Prescott suffered a season-ending ankle injury in that game that changed the complexion and expectations for the franchise. Andy Dalton played well in relief as he completed 9 of 11 passes for 111 yards to lead the Cowboys to victory. 

Arizona has started the season 3-2 after their victory on the road against the New York Jets. However, the Cardinals find themselves in perhaps the most competitive division in the league along with an undefeated Seattle team and the NFC’s last two representatives in the Super Bowl in the Los Angeles Rams and the San Francisco 49ers.

This game is a pick ‘em with the total set at 55. Kickoff is at  8:15 PM ET.

The English Premier League has two matches broadcast on the NBC Sports Network. At 12:30 PM ET, West Bromwich hosts Burnley. West Brom is a -0.25 goal line favorite with the over/under set at 2.25. At 3:30 PM ET, Wolverhampton is on the road at Leeds United with the match listed as a pick ‘em with the total set at 2.5.

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