Kansas City Chiefs (0-0) vs Los Angeles Chargers (0-0)Date : 09/09/2018
Time : 4:05 pm EST
Location : StubHub Center, Los Angeles, California
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Kansas City Chiefs vs Los Angeles Chargers
The Kansas City Chiefs will battle the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 1 NFL action from the StubHub Arena in Los Angeles, California, on Sunday beginning at 4:05 pm EST. Both teams finished the preseason with a record of 2-2 as the Chargers would end on a positive note in picking up the 23-21 home win versus the San Francisco 49’ers on 8-30-2018 as they would cash in on the spread as underdogs (+3) while the over was the play with the total at 35 points for the game. The Chiefs would also end the preseason on a high note by winning 33-21 over the Green Bay Packers on 8-30-2018 to where they would cash out on the spread (-3) while the over was the play with the total being set at 36.5 for the game. The last 3 times these teams met, KC was victorious while the under has been the play in 2 of the last 3 games, overall. In their last matchup on 12-16-2017, the Chiefs would get the 30-13 home win as they cashed in on the spread (-1) while the under was the play with 47 points being set for the contest.
Kansas City Chiefs's Latest Performance :
The Kansas City Chiefs would outscore the Packers 16-0 in the second half en route to a 33-21 road victory on 8-30-2018. They would pick up a total of 22 first downs for the game with 71 rushing yards along with 326 passing yards on the night. They would also go 2 for 5 inside the red zone while they held the ball for a total of 33:16 minutes. Chase Litton would go 13 for 21 for 166 yards while Matt McGloin would have 127 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, on 10 for 18 passing. Chad Henne would also get some snaps for the Chiefs as he would end with 33 yards passing, a TD, along with going 4 for 5 in the victory. Aaron Jones (9 rushes, 34 yards, 1 TD) and Joel Buagnon (5 rushes for 19 yards) would lead the rushing attack while Marquez Valdez Scantling would have 3 receptions for 41 yards. Geromino Allison would have a 31-yard TD reception while Robert Tonyan would also have 4 receptions for 31 total yards and a TD for the Chiefs.
The defense, on the other hand, would allow the Pack to pick up a total of 16 first downs with 73 rushing yards along with 184 passing yards. They D did, however, would allow Green Bay to go 2 for 2 inside the red zone while allowing them to possess the ball for a total of 26:44 minutes. Herb Walters would get a pick in the game for the Chiefs while Tyler Lancaster would lead the team with 5 stops for the defensive unit. Raven Greene, Vince Biegel, and Greeer Martini would each have 4 tackles as well.
Los Angeles Chargers's Latest Performance :
A 26-yard field goal by Roberto Aguayo would edge the Chargers to the win in week 4 on Thursday night against the Niners as they were able to pick up a total of 14 first downs for the game with 138 rushing yards along with 54 passing yards, total. They were also 2 of 5 in the red zone while holding possession for 28:55 minutes. Nic Shimonek would go 4 for 4 for 44 yards on the night while Cardale Jones (3/6, 21 yds, TD) along with Gino Smith (4/6, 16 yards) would also receive snaps for the Chargers in the slim victory. Terrell Watson (9 rushes, 40 yards, TD) along with Geno Smith (4 rushes, 35 yds) would lead the rushing attack while Detrez Newsome would also rush for 35 yards on 7 carries in the win. The receiving corps was led by Russell Hansborough (2 rec, 24 yds) along with Andre Patton (3 rec, 22 yds) in the victory.
The defense would hold the Niners to 18 first downs on 93 rushing yards along with 133 passing yards on the night. They would also allow San Fran to go 3 of 4 from inside the red zone while allowing them to hold the ball for 31:05 minutes. Chris Landrum would have 2 sacks for the Charger’s defense while Uchenna Nwosu would also have a sack in the win. Nick Dzunbar (5 tackles), Micah Hannigan (4 tackles), along with D’Juan Hines (4 tackles) would also lead the unit for the Chargers.
How Kansas City Chiefs & Los Angeles Chargers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
In another AFC West showdown, the Chiefs and Chargers will get together with the winner gaining a bit of the inside tract as it relates to not only bragging rights, but, as to division positioning early. The Chargers will have their full compliment of players on display for this game while the Chiefs will usher in the Pat Mahomes era as he will look to continue the type of play illustrated in the preseason against a rebuilding San Deigo defense. As always, look for this contest to be one that will be back and forth, offensively, as neither defense has seemed to find its footing as of yet.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Kansas City Chiefs +3
My reason for the pick :
The chiefs have had the upper hand in this matchup in recent outings and I expect this to be the case on the road in week 1 on Sunday afternoon. The Chargers will have Rivers in the lineup for this matchup as he will certainly try to pick apart the defense for the Chiefs. On the other hand, the Chargers will be tried as well as the Chiefs lit up a pretty good Green Bay team in their last preseason outing. In all, I expect the Chiefs to keep this game close while possibly getting the outright win in this matchup.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over 47.5
My reason for the prediction :
I will pick the over in this contest despite the under being the case in the last 2 games against these two squads. The fact is that the Chiefs and Chargers have both given up some points in the preseason, and until their defense begins to play more consistently, I would expect them to struggle for the time being. Of course, both offenses should really put up some scores throughout the game with Rivers in the Chargers lineup as the total will certainly surpass the set total of 47.5 on Sunday.
Betting trends for Kansas City Chiefs:
- Chiefs are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games in September
- Under is 5-1 in Chiefs last 6 games on grass
- Chiefs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall
- Chiefs are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Los Angeles.
- Chiefs are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 meetings.
Betting trends for Los Angeles Chargers:
- Chargers are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games in September
- Chargers are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 games in Week 1
- Under is 5-0 in Chargers last 5 vs. AFC West.