The NFL is the biggest game in town at online sportsbooks. Even without a local team to root for, that remains true at legal and regulated sports betting sites in Iowa. Rooting interests may be a little divided, but several teams in neighboring states are atop the charts.
Stop us if you heard this before: The Kansas City Chiefs are hosting the AFC Championship Game Sunday. They’ll have home-field advantage for their third consecutive Super Bowl trip. Located to the south in Missouri, the Chiefs enjoy a lot of support in the Hawkeye State. Each Chiefs game will attract a lot of betting action, and the same holds true for props on star players including Patrick Mahomes.
It’s super simple to start betting on the Chiefs and everything else in the NFL. We have all the information you need to know, including where you can find the best Kansas City Chiefs odds and some free bets. Here’s our complete guide to betting on the Chiefs as the playoffs roll on.
Below find the latest odds as posted at the best online sportsbooks in Iowa for this week’s Chiefs game. The odds below include the best available point spreads, current Chiefs Super Bowl odds plus selected player props. Click on any odds to go right to the sportsbook, claim the posted bonus and get started betting on the NFL.
There are many ways to bet on the Chiefs this season, as well as the rest of the NFL. Two popular areas you should check out are live sports betting and props. Here’s the scoop on how you can get in the game with these bet types.
For live betting, you can wager right along as the action plays out on the field. Sportsbooks will post updated odds on the game outcome, as well as a slew of other opportunities as the game moves along. Here are a couple of wagers you might see:
Sports betting apps in Iowa are the way to go for live betting. It’s an offering with the top sportsbooks, and the various platforms are designed to work well with live bets. You can stay on top of the latest odds and bets without issue, while payouts happen in a flash for winners.
A prop bet is basically like a side wager on something that may or may not happen during the game. You can find props by clicking on the individual listing for each Chiefs game. There will be some that revolve around the team or game, and a bunch based on players. Here are some examples:
Many prop bets have a fantasy sports feel to them, so they make for a great entry point for bettors with experience in that realm. Between props, live betting and all other top ways to wager, you’ll have plenty of ways to remain engaged with the Chiefs all season long.
There are some outstanding options for legal and regulated sportsbooks in Iowa. Two names at the top of the list are DraftKings and BetMGM Iowa. These are two of the leading sportsbooks in several legal states, and it’s not too tough to see why.
BetMGM has a significant presence across the US. There’s a lot of experience behind the scenes, and it shows up in an awesome betting platform and odds and lines that are always competitive.
DraftKings made its bones in DFS but quickly jumped into sports betting once states like Iowa received the green light to offer it. The interface is slick and user-friendly, and it seems to always offer a lot of intriguing promotional opportunities.
These are two great places to play, so which one is the better of the two comes down to user preference. If you’re looking for a clean platform and plan to stick to the basics, BetMGM Sportsbook Iowa is a top spot. For those interested in live betting and flashier displays, then DraftKings Sportsbook Iowa may be the choice.
Once upon a time, there was only one place to look for the best sports betting odds. That was in Las Vegas, the recognized sports betting capital of the world and the only place for legal betting in the US. It’s a different world these days.
It’s now legal to bet on sports in a growing number of states, including Iowa. The Hawkeye State has attracted many of the top sportsbooks, and they’ve been doing a fantastic job with odds and lines. In fact, the numbers are comparable to what you’ll find out in the desert.
When comparing odds from different sportsbooks, you may find that they’re in the same range for games and events, but not always the same. It’s the same story when you compare Iowa odds to Vegas odds. The numbers at different books can and will move based on market action.
Since the amount of action will be different at various sportsbooks at any point in time, that naturally translates into some discrepancies. You can use that to your advantage by shopping around for the best possible prices. As for which odds are better, feel free to check the Vegas odds on what you want to bet on, but know that you’ll find similar numbers at Iowa sportsbooks.
As the defending AFC champs, the Chiefs entered the 2021 campaign as one of the favorites to win the Big Game. Now, Kansas City is just two steps away from that Super Bowl champion reality. Fans might have been worried early on. The Chiefs stumbled to a 3-4 start, but they bounced back with an eight-game winning streak. The club wrapped up the regular season with a tricky road win at Denver in Week 18. Their 12-5 mark was good enough for the second seed in the AFC.
They won the AFC West for the sixth consecutive year. If the Chiefs hoist the Lamar Hunt trophy as AFC Champions, they’ll be making their third consecutive trip to the Super Bowl.
Here’s a look back at the regular season.
|Week||Date||Opponent||Result / Time|
|1||Sun. Sept. 12||vs. Cleveland Browns||W — 33-29|
|2||Sun. Sept. 19||@ Baltimore Ravens||L — 36-35|
|3||Sun. Sept. 26||vs. Los Angeles Chargers||L — 30-24|
|4||Sun. Oct. 3||@ Philadelphia Eagles||W — 42-30|
|5||Sun. Oct. 10||vs. Buffalo Bills||L — 38-20|
|6||Sun. Oct. 17||@ Washington Football Team||W — 31-13|
|7||Sun. Oct. 24||@ Tennessee Titans||L — 27-3|
|8||Mon. Nov. 1||vs. New York Giants||W — 20-17|
|9||Sun. Nov. 7||vs. Green Bay Packers||W — 13-7|
|10||Sun. Nov. 14||@ Las Vegas Raiders||W — 41-14|
|11||Sun. Nov. 21||vs. Dallas Cowboys||W — 19-9|
|13||Sun. Dec. 5||vs. Denver Broncos||W — 22-9|
|14||Sun. Dec. 12||vs. Las Vegas Raiders||W — 48-9|
|15||Thu. Dec. 16||@ Los Angeles Chargers||W — 34-28|
|16||Sun. Dec. 26||vs. Pittsburgh Steelers||W — 36-10|
|17||Sun. Jan. 2||@Cincinnati Bengals||L — 34-31|
|18||Sat. Jan. 8||@ Denver Broncos||W — 28-24|
|Wild Card Round||Sunday, Jan. 16||vs. Pittsburgh Steelers||W — 42-21|
|Divisional Round||Sunday, Jan. 23||vs. Buffalo Bills||W — 42-36 (OT)|
The Chiefs dispatched the Pittsburgh Steelers 41-21 in wild card weekend. On Sunday, they pull off a miraculous 13-second drive to get within field goal range to force overtime. Then they won the OT coin toss and drove right down the field for a memorable 42-36 win over the third-seeded Buffalo Bills.
With the win, the Chiefs host the Cincinnati Bengals for the AFC Championship.
As the most popular selection on the overall wagering menu, you won’t have any trouble finding odds for NFL games at Iowa sportsbooks. All Chiefs games will attract plenty of betting action. When you visit an online sportsbook, you’ll come across the basic listing for each game on the docket:
|Houston Texans||+5.5 (-110)||+190||O 53.5 (-110)|
|Kansas City Chiefs||-5.5 (-110)||-240||U 53.5 (-110)|
For NFL games, the featured listing revolves around three main bet types: point spreads, moneylines and totals. Next to the two team names are the odds and lines for each bet. When reading through, negative numbers point to favorites, while positive numbers are for underdogs.
In our example, the Chiefs are 5.5-point favorites on the spread. They are also favored on the moneyline with an estimated total of 53.5 points. For spread and total bets, you’ll see the number posted by oddsmakers along with the actual odds for the bet. Here’s how the wagers work:
Moneyline bets are a great starting point for new NFL bettors due to the simplicity. All you have to do is choose which side you think will win the game.
Experienced bettors can also find appeal with these wagers. When examining lines, pay attention to the range between numbers as that indicates the closeness of the matchup.
The point spread is a bit more complicated as you have to factor in the line set by oddsmakers into your decision. The side you select has to cover the spread.
If you pick the favorite, they have to win by an amount larger than the spread. When you bet on the underdog, they have to keep it closer than the spread or pull out the upset.
You can bet on the amount of total points that the two teams will combine for. Oddsmakers set the bar with an estimated number for bettors to decide on.
For Over bettors, the goal is for the bar to be cleared, such as 54 points on a 53.5 O/U. Under bettors are hoping for less than the estimate, such as 53 points for our example.
All three of these bets will see a lot of action. As a result, there’s a good chance you’ll see some movement in the odds right up until kickoff. You can shop around at online sportsbooks to find the best odds whenever you’re ready to place some bets.
Make no mistake: Odds for Super Bowl LVII in Glendale, AZ, will be set faster than the confetti can be bagged after Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium in LA.
The end of the regular season helps the NFL set opponents for 2022. That includes teams like the Kansas City Chiefs who are still playing.
Chiefs fans can count on home-and-home games against their three AFC West rivals. That adds up to six games in the 17-game schedule:
That leaves 11 games to round out the 2022 schedule. The NFL rotates teams from another AFC division every three years.
With that background here are the Kansas City Chiefs 2022 opponents:
Home — Broncos, Chargers, Raiders plus:
Away — Broncos, Chargers, Raiders plus:
The NFL released the 2021 NFL schedule on May 12 for the season that just ended, so look for a similar timeline this upcoming spring. If the NFL follows the same calendar pattern, watch for a team schedule in the mid-week after Mother’s Day in 2022. ESPN and NFL Network both plan hours of programming around the schedule announcement.
Also starting in 2022, all 32 NFL teams have to play an international game at least once every eight seasons.
Barring changes to the current NFL scheduling formula we know who many of Kansas City’s home-and-away opponents will be in future years. We already know Denver, Las Vegas and the LA Chargers are locked in as home-and-away division rivals so we won’t list them below.
Fans won’t know the 2022 Kansas City Chiefs draft position until their postseason ends. No need to use a first-rounder on a quarterback. The franchise has a likely NFL hall-of-famer behind center.
As for 2022 draft picks:
The NFL Draft is April 28-30 in Las Vegas.
In recent seasons, the Chiefs’ offense has been absolutely prolific, while the defense hasn’t been too shabby, either. The fact that a lot of talent has been on the sidelines in Kansas City has certainly helped. Here’s a look back at the leaders in several top categories over the past five seasons.
|Year||Passing Yards||Rushing Yards||Receiving Yards||Tackles||Sacks|
|2021||Mahomes - 3,839||D. Williams - 558||Hill - 1,239||Bolton - 112||Jones - 9|
|2020||Mahomes - 4,740||Edwards-Helaire - 803||Kelce - 1,416||Sorensen - 91||Jones - 7.5|
|2019||Mahomes - 4,031||D. Williams - 498||Kelce - 1,229||Hitchens - 88||Jones - 9|
|2018||Mahomes - 5,097||Hunt - 824||Hill - 1,479||Hitchens - 135||Jones - 15.5|
|2017||Smith - 4,042||Hunt - 1,327||Hill - 1,183||Sorensen - 89||Houston - 9.5|
|2016||Smith - 3,502||Ware - 921||Kelce - 1,125||Johnson - 90||Ford - 10|
There has been a lot of consistency at QB in Kansas City in recent times. The Alex Smith era transitioned over to Patrick Mahomes seamlessly, and the club has soared since the youngster began lining up behind center. Here’s a look back at the starting QBs for the past several seasons and the team record for those campaigns:
Mahomes was drafted in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft with the 10th pick by Kansas City. Alex Smith was still the starter for his rookie season, with the transition taking place the following year. He won league MVP in his first year at the helm and helped lead the team to a Super Bowl crown the following year.
A talented prospect out of Texas Tech, Mahomes was highly regarded heading into the draft, but even the most optimistic projections couldn’t have predicted how he has evolved. He’s one of the best players in the NFL, and it’s already clear that the nine teams who passed him up in the draft made quite an error.
Kansas City has been a strong contender for several years running. It’s not a coincidence that the team has also done a solid job in the NFL draft over that span. As with all teams, there have been some hits and misses, but the sum of the parts has been solid. Here’s a recap of whom the team drafted in 2021:
|4||Joshua Kaindoh||DE||Florida State|
Andy Reid has been at the helm of the Chiefs since 2013. It has been a successful run with seven playoff appearances, five division titles, three AFC Championship game appearances, and one Super Bowl title. Here are the other members of the coaching staff in Kansas City.
The Chiefs have been playing home games in the same spot since 1972. The franchise was founded in 1960 as the Dallas Texans and joined the American Football League as one of its charter members. The club relocated to Kansas City in 1963 and assumed its current name, initially playing home games at Municipal Stadium. Here’s the scoop on the current digs:
Catching a Chiefs’ game in person at Arrowhead can be a good time, but tickets aren’t always easy to come by and may not be financially practical for all situations. If you’re looking for a more affordable way to soak in the game-day atmosphere, here are a few options:
For a local spot with that highly sought-after neighborhood vibe, this is the place to go. There are lots of screens, plenty of food and beverage selections and other fun things to do like darts and shuffleboard.
Quite simply, The Well does Sunday right. There’s brunch available, featuring a build-your-own bloody Mary bar, as well as TVs galore. It’s a festive and lively spot that translates into an awesome atmosphere on game day.
Back here at home, there are plenty of popular watering holes that kick things up a notch when NFL games are on tap. You’ll also be able to bet on mobile from anywhere within state lines for even more of an added bonus. Here’s a pair of spots to consider visiting.
Dubbed an American sports grill and pizzeria, The Other Place is a regional chain that features game-day specials whenever the Chiefs are on. You’ll have plenty of screens to choose from and great grub to dine on.
A local favorite, Wellman’s is a huge sports bar with a rooftop deck. There are screens aplenty, a full food and beverage menu and an all-around awesome atmosphere whenever there’s a Chiefs game happening.
The NFL is a fixture on the tube, so you won’t have much trouble finding Chiefs’ games. When the team is scheduled for a Sunday afternoon tilt, you can find those games on FOX or CBS, both of which have affiliate stations across Iowa. Keep in mind that the game in your area may be different.
That said, the defending Super Bowl champs are a marquee attraction, so there’s a good chance they’ll be among the featured offerings. For other options, DirecTV has the full Sunday Ticket package, but this is a satellite service that requires its own subscription. NFL RedZone provides all-day coverage on Sundays, but it’s an add-on with cable and streaming providers.
The primetime games are carried by national outlets, so whenever the Chiefs are on one of those slots, you’ll get the game. Thursday Night Football will be on FOX, NFL Network or Amazon Prime. Sunday Night Football is broadcast by NBC, while ESPN takes over for Monday Night Football.
Also, Yahoo and the NFL app provide mobile coverage for select local and primetime games, so be sure to check what’s available in your area. On the radio side, the broadcast of Chiefs games is available on several stations across Iowa, including KBGG 1700 AM in Des Moines and KRXL 94.5 FM in Bloomfield.
Mike Holthus takes care of play-by-play duties on the radio, while Rich Gannon joins in for color commentary. The audio feed of games is also available on the web and via mobile, with radio-centric sports such as Radio.com and TuneIn.
In 1960, the American Football League was formed. The Dallas Texans, owned and founded by Lamar Hunt, were one of the charter members. The team would go on to win the league championship in 1962, but it wasn’t long for the state of Texas.
The franchise packed its bags in 1963 and was re-christened as the Kansas City Chiefs. Another AFL crown came in 1966, and the team would go on to play the NFL’s Green Bay Packers in the first edition of what would come to be known as the Super Bowl.
The Chiefs lost convincingly to the Packers, but the club remained strong and returned to the big game in Super Bowl IV with a win over the Minnesota Vikings. The team of this era featured stars such as Len Dawson and Willie Lanier, with Hank Stram roaming the sidelines.
The ’70s and ’80s were rather lean in Kansas City, but another competitive run took place in the ’90s. From 1990-97, the team made the playoffs in seven of eight years, but it never managed to get past the AFC title game. Joe Montana was on board for part of the run, along with stars such as Marcus Allen and Derrick Thomas.
Following the turn of the century, there were a few playoff appearances here and there. Business picked up with the hiring of Andy Reid as head coach in 2013. After being contenders for several seasons, the club put it all together with a win in Super Bowl LIV over the San Francisco 49ers. The team returned to the Big Game the following year, but came up short with a loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Chiefs franchise dates back to 1960. Over the six decades that have followed, Kansas City has been home to numerous NFL legends. The franchise has retired 10 numbers, welcomed dozens of members into the team Hall of Fame, and seen 23 players and contributors enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Here’s a look at some of the team record holders:
The franchise was initially founded by businessman Lamar Hunt and remains in the control of the family to this day. Initially known as the Dallas Texans of the AFL upon its debut in 1960, the team moved to Kansas City in 1963. Lamar’s son, Clark Hunt, serves as chairman and CEO.
Forbes‘ latest annual NFL franchise valuations places the Chiefs’ current value at $2.5 billion. That places them in 23rd place out of 32 teams. The Dallas Cowboys tops the list, currently pegged at $5.7 billion and closed out by the Cincinnati Bengals at $2.0 billion.
Current captains for the Chiefs are as follows:
The Chiefs have won the Super Bowl twice. The team defeated the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV and came out on top of the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV. Kansas City has made the postseason 23 times altogether and claimed a total of 13 division crowns.
To date, the team has retired 10 numbers. Here’s the list:
You can keep up with all of the latest news surrounding the team by following @Chiefs on Twitter. The club is also on the other major social media platforms. The team’s official website, Chiefs.com, is also a fantastic resource for keeping up on the latest happenings.