At the beginning of the season it looked like the Kansas City Chiefs would run away with the AFC West. However, the Los Angeles Chargers have kicked into high gear to close the gap with KC. Which means the Thursday night matchup between the Chargers and Chiefs is among the biggest of the entire season. Kansas City boasts one of the most prolific offenses in the NFL. But their defense has become a potential NFL betting liability. Contrarily the Chargers are a well-balanced team. LA has a strong offense as well but a vastly superior defense to Kansas City.
Los Angeles Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Date and Time: Thursday, December 13, 2018, 8:20 p.m. ET
Location: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
NFL Betting Online Odds at SBG:
|Chargers||+3½ (-115)||53 (-115)|
|Chiefs||-3½ (-105)||53 (-105)|
Chargers vs. Chiefs TV Coverage: FOX
Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City is winning big but also suffering from a drop in NFL betting value. Consider the Chiefs are 5-1 straight up with just one payout in their last six games. Public betting money and attention is driving down their board value. The Chiefs lead the AFC West with a record of 11-2 straight up, 8-4-1 vs. the odds, and 8-4-1 over the total. Last week KC scored a 27-24 overtime home win over Baltimore as 6.5-point overlays. Naturally quarterback Patrick Mahomes is the point man for the Chiefs. Mahomes has a 115.2 rating with a whopping 43 touchdown passes.
Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers are red hot with nine wins in their last 10 games. As a result, Los Angeles has an offshore betting record of 10-3 straight up, 7-6 against the spread, and 7-6 over the total. Last game was a 26-21 home victory over Cincinnati as 17-point chalks. For all that the Chargers are one game behind the Chiefs in the AFC West. Quarterback Philip Rivers has a 114.5 rating with 29 touchdowns passes and just six interceptions.
Stats to Consider
LA has been a strong wagering value as a road team. For example, the Chargers have covered the spread in 10 of their last 14 away matchups. Four of their last six in that situation have gone over the total. In the same way Kansas City has been highly profitable at home. The Chiefs have gotten the money in six of their last nine appearances at Arrowhead Stadium. And nine of their last 10 home games have gone under the total.
Team vs. Team
The Chiefs have dominated this head to head series. To illuminate KC has paid in eight of their last 10 games against the Chargers. Three of the last five between these teams have gone over the total. However, LA has had their best success at Kansas City. The Chargers have gotten the money in four of their last six visits to Arrowhead Stadium. Also three of the last four in this series at KC have gone under the total.
Matchup to Watch
A clear difference in this NFL betting matchup is the LA defense. To illustrate, the Chargers rank sixth in the NFL for points allowed. Contrarily the Chiefs rank 28th for scoring defense. As strong as the Chiefs offense is the defense is leaving the back door wide open.
Chargers vs. Chiefs NFL Betting Odds Pick
To conclude the Chargers are the more complete team here.
Chargers vs. Chiefs NFL Betting Online Pick: Los Angeles Chargers
Chargers vs. Chiefs NFL Betting Online Score Prediction: Chargers 30, Chiefs 31
Catch highlights of the Chargers win over the Bengals last week!