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The Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs will both be looking to bounce back from their respective Week 6 crushing losses when they square off at Arrowhead Stadium in an intriguing Week 7 Sunday Night Football matchup of playoff contenders.

Cincinnati was on the wrong, but predictable, end of a stunning loss against a longtime division rival while Kansas City came up just one possession short in a seesaw battle that had everyone on the edges of their seats.

Okay, let’s get to my expert pick on this highly intriguing Sunday night showdown.

Sunday Night Football: Cincinnati Bengals at Kansas City Chiefs

Sunday Night Football: Cincinnati Bengals at Kansas City Chiefs

Cincinnati Bengals (4-2)

The Bengals played some solid football, but they ended up losing a 28-21 heartbreaker against Pittsburgh on a Ben Roethlisberger TD pass to Antonio Brown with just 10 seconds remaining in regulation.

Andy Dalton completed 26 of 42 passes for 229 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions while running back Joe Mixon rushed for 64 yards and one score on 11 carries. Still, it wasn’t enough to overcome a Steelers team that has dominated them at home during coach Marvin Lewis’ tenure. The loss dropped Cincinnati to 2-16 against the Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium in Lewis’ 16-years.

“Imagine how we feel,” Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick said. “I imagine how the fans feel.”

Sunday Night Football: Cincinnati Bengals at Kansas City Chiefs Andy-Dalton

Kansas City Chiefs (5-1)

The Chiefs suffered their first loss of the season, but they didn’t go out like chumps, that’s for sure. Kansas City gave Tom Brady and the New England Patriots everything they could handle in their 43-40 last-second loss to the Pats on Stephen Gostkowski’s 28-yard field goal.

Patrick Mahomes II completed 23 of 36 passes for 352 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions while wide receiver Tyreek hill caught seven passes for 142 yards and three touchdowns. Still, the Chiefs came up just short after trading blows with the Patriots in a fourth quarter that produced 30 points.

“The last two weeks it seems like we just can’t punch it in there and I feel like the second half we finally started getting it in the end zone,” Mahomes said.

Sunday Night Football: Cincinnati Bengals at Kansas City Chiefs_Patrick-Mahomes-II

Expert Pick and Prediction

I’m just going to get right to the point by saying, oddsmakers did a great job setting the line for this game at six points. Still, I’m going to take the Chiefs to narrowly cover it because of their explosive offense and Cincinnati’s penchant for underachieving at the worst time. I mean, when Tom Brady says this…you know you’re good.

“It’s tough to slow those guys (the Chiefs) down, they’ve been scoring a lot of points all year,” Brady said. “They’re gonna be pretty tough to stop. Glad we had our last shot and glad we took advantage of it.”

Cincinnati has been very good this season, just as I predicted, but Kansas City has been phenomenal. The Chiefs average 6.8 points per game more than the Bengals, and although they allow 2.4 points per game more than Cincinnati does defensively, I like the Chiefs to cover the spread at always difficult Arrowhead Stadium.

The Bengals are 4-0 ATS in their last four games against a team with a winning record and 4-1 ATS in their last five games following an ATS loss. However, Kansas City has gone 4-0 ATS in their last four games in the month of October, 5-0 Ats in their last five games against teams from the AFC and an incendiary 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall. Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs get the touchdown win to cover.

Predicted Score: Chiefs 35 Bengals 27

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