The NFL preseason week one matchup on Friday night will feature the Arizona Cardinals as they make the road trip to face the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Cardinals and Chiefs begin from Kansas City at 8PM Eastern Time with tape delayed national television coverage provided by the NFL Network on Monday morning at 10AM Eastern Time.
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The early money has shown on the road team as Kansas City is now favored by -2 ½ points. The total has not moved off the opener of 34 ½ points. Money line bettors on the side of the Kansas City Chiefs will return -140 odds with the Arizona Cardinals returning +130 odds to win this game outright without taking the points.
The number quarterback position is wide open in Arizona. Kevin Kolb is number one on the depth chart and is coming off an unimpressive year in 2011. John Skelton is on Kolb’s heels as the number two man. Both Richard Bartel and first year rookie Ryan Lindley out of San Diego St is competing for a roster spot.
Beanie Wells returns as the Cardinals feature back. Ryan Williams is the number two as the second round pick of 2011 misses all of last season due to a knee injury. LaRod Stephens’s Howling adds value as the third back in rotation with his ability to play on special teams. Second year man Alfonso Smith out of Kentucky is vying for a roster spot.
Matt Cassel returns as the starter for the Chiefs in 2012 and should see limited action in the first preseason game. The Chiefs will take a good look at backup Brady Quinn who is the number two quarterback on the depth chart. Second year quarterback Ricky Stanzi out of Iowa is competing for a roster spot along with Alex Tanney an undrafted rookie out of small college Monmouth.
Kansas City is deep in their running back position. Jamaal Charles returns after a season ending knee injury in 2011. Newly acquired Peyton Hillis will see action in the Chiefs backfield this year along with promising your running back Dexter McCluster. Cyrus Gray a 6th round rookie back out of Texas A&M will compete for a roster spot.
NFL Trend: Kansas City Chiefs are 1-7 ATS in their past eight week one preseason games.
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