Signing Le’Veon Bell Improves Chiefs’ Super Bowl Odds Slightly – Does He Make Them Much Better?

Kansas City Chiefs running back Le'Veon Bell

The Kansas City Chiefs signed RB Le’Veon Bell two days after he was released by the New York Jets. Photo from @BleacherReport (Twitter)
  • The Kansas City Chiefs signed free agent running back Le’Veon Bell
  • Bell was released by the New York Jets on Tuesday
  • The Chiefs Super Bowl Odds improved slightly with the signing but could be on the move again after Monday’s game against Buffalo

Talk about moving from the outhouse to the penthouse.

Le’Veon Bell signed with Kansas City two days after being released by the New York Jets. The signing caused a slight improvement in the Chiefs’ Super Bowl odds.

Kansas City’s Odds to Win the Super Bowl

Team Odds Before Bell Signing Current Odds
Kansas City Chiefs +450 +430

Odds taken Oct. 15th from FanDuel

Kansas City is averaging 29.8 points per game which is tied for seventh in the NFL. This signing has the potential to boost that number in a big way and here’s why.

Andy Reid Will Make Most Out of Bell’s Skill Set

While many believe Bell was being held back by the Jets coaching staff, he’s now in prime position to rack up stats. Playing under Andy Reid and Eric Bienemy will feel like a whole new world after struggling under Jets head coach Adam Gase.

Prior to signing in New York, Bell was one of the most efficient running backs in the league. In five seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, he totaled 7,996 yards and 42 touchdowns. A player capable of numbers like that doesn’t lose his talent overnight.

Breaking down Bell’s numbers further, of the nearly 8,000 yards he put up, 2,660 came in the passing game. Instead of catching passes from a struggling Sam Darnold, he’ll now be a feature in an offense led by Patrick Mahomes.

It’s not known how many snaps Bell will take on early downs but he’ll almost certainly be used in passing situations. His skill set is a perfect match for the Chiefs offense.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire Struggling in Certain Areas

The Chiefs burned a first-round pick on former LSU standout Clyde Edwards-Helaire. This is not an indication they don’t have faith in him in the long term. That said, there are certain areas of the game he has struggled with so far.

The 5’8, 209-pound running back has only found the end zone once through five games. He’s shown a constant inability to punch the ball into the end zone when Kansas City is deep in the red zone. A back like Bell who is listed at 6’1, 225 pounds could spell him in goal line situations.

Bell vs Edwards-Helaire in 2020

19 Attempts 81
74 Rushing Yards 344
3.9 Average 4.2
0 Touchdowns 1

Comparing the numbers between the two isn’t necessarily fair. While Edwards-Helaire has outproduced Bell, he’s done so playing in the Chiefs offense. Had he been running for the Jets I imagine his stats would look much like Bell’s or maybe even worse.

Expect Edwards-Helaire to still get his fair share of carries early in possessions, but on third downs and inside the red zone, he’ll likely be watching Bell from the sidelines for at least the near future.

Consider Betting on the Chiefs Prior to Sunday

The Chiefs’ futures barely moved after what could turn out to be a pretty significant signing. Should the Chiefs rebound from their loss to the Las Vegas Raiders with a convincing win this Monday over the Buffalo Bills, the odds will come back closer to the +325 they were listed at prior to their first loss of the season.

If you’re a believer that this signing could help Kansas City repeat as champs, make your move sooner rather than later.

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