The NFL returns as the Detroit Lions head to Arrowhead for a Week 1 showdown with the reigning Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs.
Odds for the game will be available on all NFL betting sites featuring a mixture of spreads, moneylines, totals, and props.
Here's a closer look at this compelling Week 1 clash, and some of the best betting apps to place a wager.
- Game Time: Thursday, September 7, 8:20 P.M
- Location: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO
Head-to-Head: Detroit Lions vs Kansas City Chiefs
The 2023 NFL season kicks off with a tale of two very different teams.
The Chiefs have been a perennial Super Bowl contender ever since they handed the reigns over to Patrick Mahomes. Kansas City has now won two Super Bowls over the past four seasons and appeared in the big game three times. They figure to be right back in the mix this year, and every year for the foreseeable future as long as Mahomes is under center.
The Lions enter the new season with a lot of hype after a strong finish to the 2022 season. Among the highlights included eliminating arch-rival Green Bay from playoff contention in the last game of the regular season. Quarterback Jared Goff showed major progress down the stretch in his second season with head coach Dan Campbell as the Lions look poised to feature one of the league's more explosive offensive units in 2023.
As these two franchises play in opposite Conferences, Detroit vs Kansas City is not a matchup with a ton of history. They last met back in 2019, in a game the Chiefs eeked out by a 34-30 margin. They have only faced off five times over the last 20 seasons.
How to Bet on the Detroit Lions vs Kansas City Chiefs
The NFL draws massive attention from bettors every season, and 2023 will be no different. There will be plenty of betting options for Lions vs Chiefs.
Pay attention to the odds in the week leading up to the game. Track line movement, and see how the player prop market develops once injury reports have been released.
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Detroit Lions vs Kansas City Chiefs Odds
The Kansas City Chiefs are currently listed at -6.5, according to most sportsbooks, making them fairly significant favorites. You can grab Kansas City on the moneyline at around -275.
Inversely if you like the upset, the Lions are priced at around +230.
It's always worth shopping around at various betting sites to ensure you are getting the best available odds.
Betting Tips for Detroit Lions vs Kansas City Chiefs
Even though the Chiefs won the Super Bowl last year, and the Lions failed to make the playoffs, that does not mean this game is a foregone conclusion, especially when looking at the spread for this contest.
The Detroit Lions were the second-best team in the NFL against the spread in 2022, going an impressive 12-5.
Even though Kansas City piled up wins in 2022, they failed to cover most of the time, going just 8-11-1 ATS, including the postseason.
Here are some other betting trends from last season to keep in mind:
- Detroit was 5-2 ATS as a road underdog
- Detroit was 4-3 straight up as a road underdog
- Kansas City was 3-5-1 ATS as a home favorite
- The Over was 10-7 in all Detroit games last season (tied for second-best in the NFL)
Detroit Lions vs Kansas City Chiefs Predictions
Week 1 is always tricky, as both teams enter the new season with a clean slate. Both of these teams have plenty of reason for optimism, and each squad figures to be firmly entrenched in the playoff picture as the year goes along.
Ultimately, Detroit (+6.5) looks to be the best play here. The Lions were excellent against the spread in 2022, including an impressive 5-2 ATS mark on the road. Look for their high-octane offensive attack to keep pace with a Chiefs team that looks more limited at wide receiver than in years past.
Even at their best, Kansas City has struggled to cover the spread as a home favorite, especially when that number gets up around a touchdown or higher.
Prediction: Detroit +6.5