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Los Angeles Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs Pick & Prediction SEP 26TH 2021

Complete TV: CBS Arrowhead Stadium Kansas City
479Chargers Los Angeles
480Chiefs Kansas City
OP
52.5
-7
CU
54o -110
-7.5 +120
ML
ML: 243
ML: -285
Partials
2 3 4
0 14 0 16
0 3 14 7
Score
30
24
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The Los Angeles Chargers have had an inconsistent start to their season. First, they secured a win over the Washington Football Team, followed by a loss to the Dallas Cowboys. The offense seemed to be out of sync in the second game of the season, costing them the game. Now, they face a team you have to be nearly perfect to beat, the Kansas City Chiefs.

Kansas City has been somewhat inconsistent as well through the first two games of the season. They started with a narrow win over the Cleveland Browns, followed up by a loss to the Baltimore Ravens. The offense isn’t the problem for the Chiefs, it’s the lackluster defense. The entire defense of the Chiefs has been exposed over the first two games of the year. If Kansas City wants to claim a win at home, they better tighten up on that side of the ball.

Chargers at Chiefs Betting Lines

TV: CBS

MONEY LINE: Chargers (+250) vs. Chiefs (-300)

SPREAD: Chargers -6.5 (-105) vs. Chiefs -6.5 (-115)

GAME TOTAL: Over 55.5 (-110) vs. Under 55.5 (-110)

Chargers vs. Chiefs Week 3 Preview

The Chargers are facing a division rival which means they’ll need to be on their A-game. Justin Herbert can’t afford to have the same game as he did against Dallas this weekend. Herbert finished the game against the Cowboys with 338 yards passing, a touchdown, and 2 interceptions. For the Chiefs, turnovers usually mean points, so Herbert needs to do a better job at protecting the ball. The Chargers will also need to focus on controlling the flow of the game, leaving little time for the Chiefs offense.

Had it not been for a late fumble from Clyde Edwards-Helaire, the Chiefs would have beat the Ravens. It’s mistakes such as that the Chiefs will have to avoid against the Chargers. Sure on the surface, the Chargers are the worst team, but the Chiefs haven’t had a dominant win yet. They only narrowly beat the Browns and the defense, along with Edwards-Helaire’s fumble lost the game to Baltimore. If the Chiefs can play good defense and protect the ball, this could be their first big win of the season.

Chargers vs. Chiefs Point Spread Pick

Chargers 23 - Chiefs 35

The Chargers head into this game looking to take down one of the goliaths in the NFL. It’s no easy feat to do and the young QB doesn’t seem quite ready. How the defense performs against the Chiefs will be the main talking point. When considering the history between these two, the Chargers covered the spread in both of the 2 games last season. Kansas City came out with a win in the first match but didn’t cover the -9 point spread.

We believe that it’ll play out differently this time, especially because the spread is smaller. Kansas City only needs to win this game by a touchdown, something they should be able to manage. They’re also coming off a devastating loss, giving them much more of a reason to bounce back.

Extra Points

1. The LA Chargers are 5-10 ATS in the last 15 games against Kansas City.

2. DB Chris Harris Jr. is “questionable” for the game against Kansas City.

3. The total has gone OVER in 6 of Kansas City’s last 9 games.

Best Bet: Kansas City Chiefs -6.5 (-105)

Los Angeles Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs Recap SEP 26TH 2021

Justin Herbert drove Los Angeles to a touchdown with 32 seconds remaining as the Chargers upset the Kansas City Chiefs 30-24 in a wild AFC West division matchup at Kansas City, Mo.

An interception by Alohi Gillman enabled the Chargers to take possession at their 41 with 1:42 remaining. The pick was the second Los Angeles swiped from Patrick Mahomes, who suffered just his third defeat in 19 starts against AFC West opponents.

A false start took Los Angeles out of field goal range, but the Chiefs were called for pass interference on a fourth-down pass before the second of two strikes to Mike Williams resulted in a 4-yard touchdown for the decisive score. Tristan Vizcaino missed the PAT.

Herbert passed for 281 yards, going 26 of 38 with four touchdowns as the Chargers (2-1) dropped the two-time defending AFC champions into last place in the West division by capitalizing on four takeaways. Three of those ended the Chiefs' first three possessions.

Mahomes went 27 of 44 for 260 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. He could not rally the Chiefs (1-2) as their final possession ended on the Los Angeles 49. Mahomes' last three attempts fell incomplete, including a Hail Mary to end the game.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire added 100 yards on 17 carries but lost a fumble as Kansas City amassed 437 yards and 33 first downs.

Los Angeles forced turnovers on each of the Chiefs' first three possessions and led 14-3 at halftime.

Two takeaways came off strips by Tevaughn Campbell and subsequent recoveries by Michael Davis. Asante Samuel Jr. also snagged his second interception in as many weeks after a pass by Mahomes bounded off the hands of target Marcus Kemp.

The Chargers converted the last two takeaways into touchdown drives covering 53 and 51 yards. Herbert hit Keenan Allen and Austin Ekeler with touchdown throws of 4 and 16 yards, respectively, to give Los Angeles a 14-0 lead. Herbert had a string of 10 consecutive completions at one point and finished 15 of 18 for the half.

The Chiefs finally scored with 19 seconds left before the half, though they had to settle for a 34-yard field goal by Harrison Butker after reaching the Los Angeles 17 before stalling.

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