King of K.C.:

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - INSIDE - Marc Lawrence Spe­cial to USA TO­DAY

QB Pa­trick Ma­homes might have brought the Chiefs to a new level on of­fense, and he wants more.

When the Buf­falo Bills — aka the sui­cide pool killers — stunned the Min­nesota Vik­ings as 161⁄2-point un­der­dogs last week, they be­came the first team in the NFL since 1995 to win a game as an un­der­dog of 16 or more points. The win snapped a 54-game los­ing skein for such un­der­dogs.

Our data­base re­ports there have been 21 NFL teams that have man­aged to win a game as an un­der­dog of 14 or more points. Those same teams have gone 4-17 SU and 4-15-2 ATS (against the spread) the fol­low­ing game.

The Green Bay Pack­ers fig­ure to be ben­e­fi­cia­ries this week of Buf­falo’s for­tu­itous win.

Stat of the week

The Dal­las Cow­boys are 1-15 ATS as home fa­vorites when com­ing off a SU and ATS loss (as they are af­ter a 24-13 loss to the Sea­hawks).

Lawrence pub­lishes the Play­book Foot­ball Pre­view Guide mag­a­zine and the weekly Play­book foot­ball news­let­ter. You can fol­low him @Mar­cLawrence

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