Chargers vs. Chiefs Betting Predictions

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Los Angeles vs. Kansas City, NFL Betting Predictions, January 3

There is nothing for the Kansas City Chiefs to play for as the Chiefs are already the No. 1 seed in the AFC and the road to the Super Bowl runs through Arrowhead Stadium. The Los Angeles Chargers are out of playoff contention, but they have a chance to win four straight games to close out the season. With Kansas City resting many starters, I think the Chargers will finish their season with the momentum the franchise covets.

Chargers vs. Chiefs Betting Odds

The Chargers need to be excited about the future of this team with Justin Herbert as the franchise quarterback. The likely NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year has thrown for 4,000 yards and 28 touchdowns with just 10 interceptions, and he didn’t even play in Week 1. He’s shown plenty of guts in leading the team to a big overtime win over the Raiders in Week 15 and he has plenty of good young weapons around him whether it’s Austin Ekeler at running back, wide receiver Keenan Allen or tight end Hunter Henry. The defense could use a tinkering after ranking 24th in scoring defense, but the Chargers still rank 12th in total defense, so they didn’t give up many yards. As bad as the season looked at times this year, the Chargers actually were close to having a special season. Los Angeles lost to Kansas City at home in overtime in the second week of the season after leading much of that game. Seven of their nine losses so far came by one score or fewer, and if some of those early losses went the other way, this would have been an entirely different team.
I won’t waste this space talking about all the wonderful stats for Kansas City’s offense because it’s more than likely the big names I mention aren’t going to play in the game. There is no reason for Andy Reid to risk injury to Patrick Mahomes or Tyreek Hill or Travis Kelce, so I don’t think any of those three will see the field against the Chargers. This is going to be Chad Henne’s offense with a limited batch of receivers and running backs at his disposal. Henne has completed five of his six passes this season and seven of nine with the Chiefs over the last two years, but he hasn’t started a game since 2014 when he was with the Jaguars. His best weapons will likely be Sammy Watkins and Mecole Hardman, who have been solid third and fourth options for the Chiefs this season. It will be curious to see how much Reid runs the ball with Le’Veon Bell as he might try to get the running game going heading into the playoffs. Defensively, the Chiefs are in the middle of the pack in terms of yards allowed, but they rank sixth in scoring defense, which is all that really matters at the end of the day.

Honestly, stay away from the over/under on this game from the New Jersey online sports betting sites. We simply do not know who will play for the Chiefs and how aggressive Reid is going to coach this game to win. The over/under is set at 43.5 points, which is fairly low but the Chargers haven’t shown the ability to score a lot this season. Los Angeles has only reached the 30-point plateau twice in the last eight games and that might be what it takes to hit 43.5 points combined in this matchup. The Chiefs are simply not as dangerous without their main weapons, and though they might still be able to move the ball at times, it isn’t a guarantee with Henne leading the offense. If I had to bet, I would bet the under 43.5 points at -105 odds, but again, I would stray away from it.

Los Angeles to win

The power of Week 17 is in full effect for this matchup between the 14-1 Chiefs and the 6-9 Chargers. On any other day, I would tell you to bet as much as you could at the NFL betting sites in New Jersey on Kansas City as the underdog, but the only reason Los Angeles is favored is because Kansas City is planning to rest starters. That likely means no Mahomes or Kelce or Hill, the three main weapons for the Chiefs offense. It’s unclear what that means for the defense, but you can bet that all of Kansas City’s key players will not be playing the full game. So that leaves Herbert and the Chargers offense to take on the Chiefs’ backups, and I’ll take my chances on Los Angeles to finish the season on a four-game winning streak. Henne doesn’t scare me if I’m the Chargers defense and the Chiefs secondary receivers have been elevated by Mahomes more than their own talent. It won’t be a blowout, though, Kansas City has too much pride for that to happen, so I’ll bet the Chargers to win by 13 or less at +145 odds.

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Josh Walfish is an award-winning journalist who has been covering college and professional sports in the United States. He holds a journalism degree from Northwestern University and his work has appeared in the Miami Herald, Chicago Sun-Times and Providence Journal. He most recently chronicled the UMass hockey teams rise to prominence over the last two years for the local newspaper

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