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Week 13 Opening Odds: Packers open as 6.5-point underdogs at home

Defending Super Bowl champs come to Title Town as the heavy favorites.

Syndication: Journal Sentinel Mark Hoffman / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / USA TODAY NETWORK

The Green Bay Packers will be taking on the Kansas City Chiefs this Sunday in Lambeau Field. The tilt between these two teams avoided being flexed out of its position, and they will play in the primetime slot with a 7:20pm kickoff (central time). According to the opening lines over at DraftKings, the Chiefs are favored over the home team by 6.5 points.

In their last home game, Green Bay opened as the underdogs. The LA Chargers opened as the 3-point favorites. The Packers’ response was to win a very tight game 23-20. The following week, a Thanksgiving trip to Detroit opened with the Lions favored by 7.5 points. After a serious first-half beatdown, the Lions failed to rally in the second and Green Bay went home victorious.

The last two weeks were not as kind to Kansas City. They opened as the favorites in both of their contests; however, they dropped one to the Philadelphia Eagles during Monday Night Football. Their second game started as being the 9.5-point favorites against the Las Vegas Raiders. The Chiefs delivered by defeating the Raiders 31-17.

The Packers' offense has continued to improve week after week. Three weeks ago Jordan Love had a downright abysmal performance against the Steelers which included two picks and a passer rating of 71. He followed that up by shredding an admittedly mediocre Chargers passing defense for a career-high yardage mark of 322 to go along with his two touchdowns. The following week was more of the same story. The game opened with a deep shot to Christian Watson that set the pace for the rest of the contest. Love finished with a career-high complete game passer rating of 125.5 and three touchdown passes.

The Chiefs seem to be struggling with consistency. Patrick Mahomes is still an absolute force along with Andy Reid spinning up an incredible scheme. The wide receivers, however, appear to be the team’s Achilles heel. Drops and mental mistakes plague the unit and heavily contributed to the loss against the Eagles.

With that said, the Chiefs are still the defending Super Bowl champs and appear to be one of the “teams to beat” in the AFC. The money line was set for the Packers at +235, which means they are expected to win this matchup just under 30% of the time. The over-under is set at 42.5, so oddsmakers expect a similar score to the Thanksgiving contest against the Lions.