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Kansas City Chiefs vs. Los Angeles Chargers Pick & Prediction DEC 16TH 2021

NFL | FOOTBALL
TV: Amazon | NFL | FOX
Logo Kansas City Chiefs
VS
Logo Los Angeles Chargers
0
OPENNER
52

-3 -120
CURRENT
48.5o -105

-170
MONEYLINE
+150

34
SCORE
28

Week 15 of the NFL season kicks off with one of the biggest games of the entire season. The 9-4 Kansas City Chiefs face off against the 8-5 Los Angeles Chargers.

It’s a battle for the AFC West that could decide playoff positioning. Each of these teams is coming off a win; however, the Chiefs just demolished the Raiders. Are the Chargers the next team to feel the Chief’s wrath?

The Los Angeles Chargers come off of a win over the Giants, making it two straight wins. A win over the Chiefs here would really put them in a good spot. A win would drop the Chiefs to 9-5, and the Chargers would go to 9-5, essentially a tie.

This could lead to the taking over the division if they play well enough. However, beating the Chiefs isn’t as simple as that.

Chiefs vs. Chargers Betting Odds

TV: FOX

MONEY LINE: Chiefs (-181) vs. Chargers (+161)

SPREAD: Chiefs +3.5 (-105) vs. Chargers +3.5 (-115)

GAME TOTAL: Over 50.5 (-110) vs. Under 50.5 (-110)

Chiefs vs. Chargers Preview and Betting Trends

The Chiefs have really turned their season around after a rough start. They’ve gone 6-0 over the last six weeks and now look to make it seven. Of course, most of this is due to Patrick Mahomes, but we can’t discredit their defense.

Through the last six weeks, no team has scored over 20 points on the Chiefs. This is a remarkable improvement over the beginning of the year.

In their game against the Raiders, the Chiefs allowed nine points while scoring 48. They’ve found a way to yet again establish themselves as the best team in the AFC. The Chargers wish to take that title for their own, but the Chiefs have a firm grip on it.

To stop the Chargers, the Chiefs have to focus on one player, Justin Herbert.

It’s hard to imagine anyone derailing the Chiefs right now. They’re red hot and playing with a purpose. However, plenty of red hot teams has been beaten before.

The question is, how exactly can the Chargers find a way to beat the Chiefs. For starters, we believe the time of possession will be huge in this game. The Chargers need to control the pace of this one.

If they can do this, they’ll establish dominance early and force the Chiefs to attack quickly. They also need to find ways to slow the threat of Patrick Mahomes.

One of the ways they can do this is by not allowing him to escape the pocket. Putting a spy on him will help with this, but it’ll be much better if they collapse the pocket around him.

Chiefs at Chargers Prediction (Point Spread)

Chiefs 30 - Chargers 24

We do believe that the Chargers are talented enough to win this game. However, we don’t believe that the Chargers are going to be able to do everything right in this one.

This means a window of opportunity will be open for the Chiefs. Since they only need to cover by 3.5-points, the Chiefs shouldn’t have trouble covering.

Kansas City is 4-1 ATS in their last five games and 7-3 against Los Angeles in the last ten. They know how to beat the Chargers because they’ve seen other teams do it. Plus, their defense is playing lights out right now, which will be the deciding factor.

Take the Chiefs to win this game on the road and cover the 3.5-point spread.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Kansas City is 4-1 ATS in their last five games.

2. The total has gone OVER in 5 of the LA Chargers' last seven games.

3. LA Chargers are 1-4 ATS in their last five games against an opponent in the AFC.

Best Bet: Kansas City Chiefs -3.5

PREDICTION
Kansas City Chiefs
29
26
Los Angeles Chargers

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Patrick Mahomes passed for two touchdowns, and Harrison Butker's franchise record-tying 58-yard field goal in overtime spoiled Justin Herbert's impressive debut, as the Kansas City Chiefs beat the AFC West-rival Los Angeles Chargers 23-20 on Sunday at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif.

The winning kick with 1:55 left was Butker's second 58-yarder of the day. He matched the club record set by Nick Lowery, who kicked 58-yard field goals in 1983 and 1985.

The Chiefs (2-0) fell behind 17-6 in the second half, but erased the deficit with 11 unanswered points in the fourth quarter. The run capped when Mahomes threw for 54 of his 302 yards on a one-footed toss to Tyreek Hill for a touchdown.

Hill finished with 99 yards on five receptions.

A successful two-point conversion pass to Mecole Hardman made up for an unsuccessful PAT in the second quarter after a 10-yard Travis Kelce touchdown reception. Jerry Tillery broke through to block the kick.

That was the sole misfire for Butker on a historic day. His 30-yard field goal as time expired forced overtime.

Mahomes helped set up Butker's game-tying field goal with a 12-play, 63-yard drive spanning the final 2:27 of regulation. Facing a third-and-20 late into the possession, Mahomes found a seam up the middle to run for 21 of his team-high 54 rushing yards.

Los Angeles (1-1) -- which went 2-9 in one-score games last season but opened the 2020 campaign with a 16-13 win in Cincinnati -- won possession to open overtime. Herbert threw for the final seven of his 311 yards, gained on 22-of-33 passing, helping set up a fourth-and-1.

The Chargers opted to punt, however, setting up Kansas City's game-winning drive.

Herbert, the team's first-round draft choice, was a late insert into the lineup with Week 1 starter Tyrod Taylor scratched just before kickoff due to a chest injury. Herbert led the Chargers on an opening 79-yard, eight-play drive, capped on a 4-yard run for a touchdown.

His 14-yard connection with wide receiver Jalen Guyton in the late second quarter marked Guyton's first career touchdown, and made Herbert the first player to both rush and pass for a touchdown in the first half of his debut since Bobby Clatterbuck of the New York Giants in 1954.

Herbert finished with 18 yards rushing, complementing the duo of Austin Ekeler (93 yards on 16 carries) and Joshua Kelley (64 yards on 23 carries). Keenan Allen led the Chargers with 96 yards on seven receptions.

Kelce had 90 yards on nine receptions for Kansas City.

--Field Level Media

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