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NFL Betting Preview: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Los Angeles Chargers

January 7, 2024



The Kansas City Chiefs will travel to Inglewood, California to face the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium with the game scheduled to start at 4:25 PM ET on Sunday afternoon in week 18 of the NFL season.



Kansas City will be the 3 seed in the AFC this season and will rest the majority of their starters this week before the playoffs begin next weekend as they enter this game with a record of 10-6 and have won two of their last three games including a 25-17 win at home against the Cincinnati Bengals last weekend.

 

The Chiefs are an above-average scoring team but are not even close to having the offense they have had the previous few years as they enter this game averaging 22.38 points per game while having one of the better passing offenses as they are averaging 252.75 passing yards per game which ranks 5th in the NFL. 



Patrick Mahomes continues to be one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL despite throwing 14 interceptions which is the most he has thrown in a season in his career and enters this game having completed 401 of 597 attempts for 4,183 yards and 27 touchdowns while rushing for 389 yards. 



However, the defense has been one of the best defenses in the NFL this season as they are allowing the 3rd fewest points per game with an average of 17.63 points allowed per game. The Kansas City Chiefs will look to build momentum following the win against the Bengals when they travel to face the Los Angeles Chargers.



The Los Angeles Chargers were one of the most disappointing teams in the NFL this season as they will finish in last place in the AFC West after making the playoffs last season. Los Angeles enters this game with a record of 5-11 while losing seven of their last eight games and are on a four-game losing streak following a 9-16 loss on the road against the Denver Broncos in week 17 of the NFL season. 



The Chargers had one of the most explosive offenses last season, however, they are a below-average scoring team this season as they enter this game averaging 20.88 points per game which is below the league average of 21.96 points per game, and have one of the worst scoring defenses in the league as they are allowing the 8th most points per game with an average of 24.06 points allowed per game. The Los Angeles Chargers will look to end their four-game losing streak when they host the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday afternoon.



BookMaker has the Los Angeles Chargers listed as 3.5-point favorites at home against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday afternoon in week 18 of the NFL season. Kansas City has won seven of the last ten including the previous four meetings. The Chargers are 6-4 ATS in the last ten and 2-1 ATS in the last three games in the series. The Kansas City Chiefs are 8-7-1 ATS overall, 3-3-1 ATS on the road, and 3-2 ATS in division games this season while the Los Angeles Chargers are 6-10 ATS overall, 3-5 ATS at home, 4-4 ATS as a favorite, and 1-4 ATS in division games on the year.



Kansas City will be resting the majority of their starters which is why they are the underdog in this matchup, however, they have won seven of the last ten games in the series. The Chiefs have also been the better team at covering the spread this season as they are 8-7-1 ATS overall and 3-2 ATS in division games while the Chargers are 6-10 ATS overall and 1-4 ATS in division games which is why I am buying the .5 point and taking the points with the Kansas City Chiefs when they travel to face the Los Angeles Chargers.



Spooky Express Pick: Kansas City Chiefs +4