The Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers clash on NFL Thursday Night Football in the most important AFC West game so far this season. Heading into the Dec. 16 clash, Kansas City is at 9-4 while the Chargers are at 8-5. The winner takes the lead in the deeper than expected AFC West. Keep reading for NFL odds, analysis, and a free pick for Chiefs at Chargers.
Chiefs vs. Chargers Game Information
- When: Thursday, December 16, 2021, 8:20 PM ET
- Where: SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, California
- TV: FOX
- Radio: WDAF 106.5 FM (Chiefs) / KYSR 98.7 FM (Chargers)
- Live Stream:NFL Game Pass
- NFL Odds: Chiefs (-3) / Chargers (+3)
Why Bet on the Kansas City Chiefs?
The Chiefs have climbed to fourth in yards per game. Kansas City is good for 389.6 yards per. The yards have translated to blowout victories. The Chiefs beat the Raiders 41-14 on Nov. 14. In their Week 14 game, Kansas City destroyed Las Vegas 48-9. Patrick Mahomes picked it up in the second victory over the rival Raiders. The Kansas City quarterback threw for 258 yards and a pair of touchdowns while completing over 83% of his passes.
Although KC’s offense gets most of the press, what the Chiefs’ D has done is nothing short of remarkable. Stats don’t tell the story because the Kansas City defense has turned it around from being one of the worst units to the start the season to being one of the best units in the league heading into the final month.
No team, including the high-scoring Dallas Cowboys, has scored more than 9 points in the Chiefs’ last 3 games. In fact, all three opponents, Dallas, Denver, and Las Vegas have scored exactly 9 points.
Why Bet on the Los Angeles Chargers?
The Chargers offense has become one of the best in the NFL. Everything starts with quarterback Justin Herbert, who completes 67% of his passes and has thrown 30 TDs to 11 interceptions. Herbert should easily eclipse the 4,500 yardage mark. When Herbert is on, like he has been the past couple of weeks, the Bolts are difficult to beat.
The Chargers’ defense remains one of the worst units against the rush. The Bolts allow 140 yards on the ground each game. But although teams have success rushing the ball against Los Angeles’ D, they have limited success passing it. Opponents average 207.3 passing yards per, which ranks fourth in the NFL.
Chiefs vs. Chargers Betting Trends
- Chiefs are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 games.
- Kansas City is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 games as a favorite.
- Under is 6-2 in Kansas City’s last 8 games.
- Chargers are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 Thursday games.
- LAC is 1-4 ATS in the last 5 versus the AFC.
- Under is 11-3 in LAC’s last 14 games as a home dog.
Chiefs vs. Chargers Expert Betting Predictions
The Bolts have played great in their last couple of games, beating the Cincinnati Bengals 41-22 and handling the New York Giants 37-21. But although LAC has played well, they face a much different opponent on Thursday night than either Cincinnati or NYG. Simply put, the Kansas City Chiefs are dominating. KC’s defense has become the second best unit in the league. Only New England’s appears capable of holding opponents to a low score.
During Kansas City’s 6-game winning streak, the defense has allowed 14 points just once, and that was in the 41-14 victory over the Raiders. Justin Herbert is a good quarterback, but he’s going to find it difficult to move the football versus such a fantastic defense. The Chiefs win and cover.
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