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Quest for perfection
goes through Caesars

Nov 4, 2003 4:17 AM

The Caesars Palace sports book has posted a proposition bet on its betting boards called "Quest for perfection."

It has nothing to do with Don Larson’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series, Mary Lou Retton’s performance in the 1984 Olympics, or how Halle Berry looks in a bikini.

"We have made the Kansas City Chiefs 100-1 to register a perfect undefeated record this season," reported Chuck Esposito, Caesars Palace assistant vice president of race and sports operations.

The Chiefs, 8-0 and enjoying a bye week, are attempting to become the first NFL team to go undefeated since the 1972 Miami Dolphins

The proposition bet does not end with one choice. Esposito and his staff have also provided odds for all of Kansas City’s possibilities for the remainder of the season, including 500-1 odds on the squad not winning any of its last eight outings.

"The Chiefs have been getting a lot of attention," said Esposito. "And though this is just the halfway point in the season, we thought this proposition wager would generate some interest."

Of course, to intelligently handicap this ”˜prop,’ bettors must study Kansas City’s remaining schedule.

"It’s conceivable that none of the teams Kansas City plays in the next four weeks will have a winning record," noted Esposito. "The Chiefs will be favored during the next four outings against Cleveland, Cincinnati, Oakland and San Diego.

"The two keys to the Chiefs attaining their perfect season will be Dec.7 against the Broncos - with the possibility of Denver’s Jake Plummer being back at quarterback - and Dec.20 against the Vikings.

"It’s hard to project two months from now, but that Minnesota game on Dec.20 might be the lone contest where the Chiefs will be a slight underdog. The game will on the carpet and in the dome, which favors the Vikings and isn’t the Chiefs’ forte.

"Kansas City’s defense has been getting better each week and the club’s special teams - with Dante Hall leading the way - have been outstanding. The team has been making big plays on both sides of the ball, and Dick Vermeil is a Super Bowl-winning coach."

So what kind of team would give the Chiefs trouble?

"I think a real good rushing team might give Kansas City its stiffest challenge," offered Esposito. "If the Chiefs do have an Achilles heel, it might be their rush defense. And that would certainly favor Denver running back Clinton Portis.

"Conversely, I really haven’t seen a defense that has given Kansas City’s offense any problems. As long as running back Priest Holmes isn’t completely shut down, the offense should continue to roll.

"There is one thing to keep in mind when betting this proposition. If the Chiefs lose their undefeated season anywhere along the road, the remaining games on their schedule will be influenced as far as the betting line is concerned. They may even rest some of their starters to get ready for the playoffs."

There are times when a bye week will hurt a team that is on a long winning streak, stopping some positive momentum. However, that might not be the case here.

"I think the bye week comes at a good time for the Chiefs," said Esposito. "They are off perhaps their best game of the season with that win over Buffalo, so their confidence level is high.

Every team in the league needs a week to take care of the bumps and bruises, and the midway point of the season is the perfect spot."

Kansas City’s remaining eight games, along with Esposito’s estimated opening lines, appear above.