Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs Analysis and Prediction: AFC West Rivals Kickoff Week #2 on Thursday Night Football
In possible MVP battle, Star QBs Justin Herbert and Patrick Mahomes face off for early division lead
Last Thursday night's NFL season opener featuring the Buffalo Bills and Los Angeles Rams was certainly an A-List game and this week's midweek clash looks just as equally as attractive.
The Los Angeles Chargers (1-0) fly into Kansas City (1-0) in a battle of two AFC West powerhouses. Given that Denver and Las Vegas were both losers in Week #1, the Chargers-Chiefs matchup becomes an early de facto battle for first place in what's arguably pro football's toughest division. The winner will likely become the team to beat as the season progresses.
Spreads.ca lists Kansas City as -3.5 point favourites. The betting total (O/U) is 54.
Kickoff takes place at Arrowhead Stadium at 7:15 CDT.
Here's a glance at just part of the betting menu available for this game at Spreads.ca:
Prediction (powered by Pointspreads.ca):
Both teams were equally impressive in the first week. Kansas City blew out the Cardinals 44-21 while Los Angeles had a tougher time against the Raiders, winning 24-19. Both teams covered the spread.
Now, this is a short week. The lack of preparation time usually favours the home team. In fact, home teams playing on Thursday night boast a record of 69-47 SU since 2012, which was the first season the NFL went to a regular Thurs.-game format.
Moreover, Kansas City has been a reliable bet dating back to last season. The Chiefs are 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games. Based on these trends, this makes the home favourite an attractive play.
The total has also hit the over in 7 of the previous 8 Kansas City's games. With two of the NFL's best offenses, this game could be high scoring and easily top 54.