How Bills-Chiefs Officiating Crew Might Impact NFL Betting

How Bills-Chiefs Officiating Crew Might Impact NFL Betting
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The Kansas City Chiefs are heading to Upstate New York this weekend for a rematch two years in the making, as the defending Super Bowl champs square off against a red-hot Buffalo Bills team in the AFC Divisional round.

The Chiefs enter this go-round against the Bills off a 26-7 rout of Miami in the AFC Wild Card round, while the Bills battled the elements to escape a showdown with Pittsburgh a day later than originally intended, 31-17.

Both teams enter this year’s AFC Divisional round on a tear after midseason lulls. The Chiefs have won three straight (Cincinnati, 25-17; the L.A. Chargers, 13-12; and the Dolphins, 26-7), while the Bills won their final five contests leading into the playoffs (the Chiefs, 20-17; Dallas, 31-10; the Chargers, 24-22; New England, 27-21; and the Dolphins, 21-14).

Come Sunday, the Chiefs and Bills will square off inside Buffalo’s Highmark Stadium on CBS. Oddsmakers from ESPN BET Kansas list Kansas City a three-point road underdog.

With referee Shawn Hochuli and his crew announced as the officials for the game, BetKansas.com looked to aid your Kansas sports betting by researching the season statistics of his games this season.

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Shawn Hochuli’s Penalty Statistics This Season

Total Penalties Per GameT-10th of 1713.38 total penalties
Total Yards in Penalties Per Game12th of 1787.19 yards
Total Home Penalties Per Game14th of 175.00 total penalties
Total Away Penalties Per Game8th of 176.00 total penalties

With eight teams remaining in the NFL Playoffs, Kansas sports betting apps list San Francisco as the favorite at +175. Baltimore is second at +275.

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Shawn Hochuli’s Betting Trends This Season

Home Team Average Score22.44 points
Away Team Average Score19.06 points
Against The Spread (ATS) Home Record9-6-1
Over / Under Total Record7-9-0

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What To Expect from Hochuli’s Crew

Of the 17 NFL officiating crews, Hochuli’s team finished in a tie for 10th when it came to total penalties called (13.38) and 12th in penalties yards per game (87.19), per NFLPenalties.com.

In terms of the split of penalties per game called by the 45-year-old Arizona native, Hochuli’s crew ranked 14th overall when it came to home penalties per game at five. His road team penalties per game total of six ranked eighth out of the 17 crews in the league.

For those betting on the contest, the home team's record against the spread in games Hochuli has officiated is 9-6-1 this season. The under has hit nine times. Home teams have averaged 22.44 points per game, and road teams have averaged 19.06 points per game.

The Chiefs and Bills are squaring off for the sixth time in the postseason, with Kansas City looking to improve its all-time record to 4-2. Kansas City has won its last two meetings, 42-36 in the 2022 AFC Divisional round and 38-24 in the 2021 AFC Championship game. BetMGM Kansas lists the over/under for Sunday’s game at 45.5.

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Christopher Boan is a lead writer at BetKansas.com specializing in covering state issues. He covered sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years.

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