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The Chiefs made history with Sunday’s betting line against Arizona

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes closing in on Len Dawson’s touchdown record

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is closing in on the single season passing touchdown record of former Chiefs great Len Dawson. Mahomes is one shy of tying the record and two shy of setting a new record.
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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is closing in on the single season passing touchdown record of former Chiefs great Len Dawson. Mahomes is one shy of tying the record and two shy of setting a new record.

The Chiefs are not only plowing through most of their 2018 schedule — they’re making winners out of their supporters in Las Vegas, too.

But this is an entirely new challenge in that realm.

The Chiefs are favored 16 1/2 points against visiting Arizona on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. It’s the largest favorite the Chiefs have ever been, or at least since betting lines became widely available in 1985, according to BetDSI, which tracks the historical data. It surpasses a 1992 meeting with the New England Patriots in which the Chiefs were favored 16 points.

There is no sure thing in the NFL, but this is about as close as it gets. Over the past 10 seasons, there have been 21 teams favored by at least 16 points, and all but one of them won the football game, per BetDSI. The Buffalo Bills broke the perfect record earlier this year, upsetting Minnesota in Week 3.

That’s it. The lone blemish.

The Chiefs aren’t just winning football games. They have a knack for covering the betting lines, too. They are 7-2 against the spread after surpassing the 10-point number against the Browns last weekend in Cleveland. Both losses against the spread were against the Broncos. The bettors have taken notice of the Chiefs’ good fortune. On some books, that 16 1/2-point line has already moved to 17 points after the early action was on Kansas City.

The bettors are on a bit of a roll, too. On Sunday, Bovada said it suffered its worst single day “in the history of its operation.” The sportsbook is in its 23rd year. Bettors have bested the website in three straight weekends.

The Chiefs-Cardinals over/under line Sunday is 50 points. Five of the Chiefs’ nine games this season have reached the over.

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Sam McDowell

Sam McDowell covers Sporting Kansas City, the Royals, Chiefs and sports enterprise for The Star

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