Monday Night Football Odds – Double the Excitement as San Diego visits Kansas City on ESPN

We get two games in Monday Night Football odds for Week 1 with the late game in Kansas City as the Chiefs host the San Diego Chargers.

It would make more sense if this game was in San Diego since it will be a 9 pm Central start time in Kansas City.  If the Chiefs get the football betting win it won’t matter to the fans that the game ends after midnight.

Kansas City is a home underdog in this game at SBG. The Chiefs are 4.5 point underdogs and the total on the game is listed at 45.  San Diego has a very potent offense led by quarterback Philip Rivers and even without wide receiver Vincent Jackson, the Chargers are going to score a lot of points. San Diego led the AFC last season at 28.4 points per game.  They released LaDainian Tomlinson in the off-season but they have a great replacement in rookie Ryan Mathews who is expected to have a great season. 

Chargers Own the Chiefs - The Chargers have simply dominated the Chiefs recently.  They have won five straight overall in the series and many of the games have not been competitive.  Last year the Chargers won their two games against Kansas City by a combined score of 80-21. Rivers threw for 585 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions. Now the Chargers have Mathews to go along with the passing game and he will go against a Kansas City defense that was 31st against the run last season. The Chargers have won their last three games at Arrowhead Stadium against the Chiefs.

Is Kansas City any Better? The question to answer is whether the Chiefs are better than they were last season.  The Chiefs went 4-12 last year but they did bring in a new offensive coordinator in Charlie Weis and a new defensive coordinator in Romeo Crennel.  This game in Monday Night Football odds will be a huge test for the Chiefs to see if they are going to be competitive this season.

Monday’s Football Betting Trends – The Chargers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games while the Chiefs are 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 home games. There are some good trends on the over in this contest.  21 of the last 33 San Diego road games have gone over.  15 of the last 22 Kansas City home games have gone over.