The Kansas City Chiefs would rather the regular season just end right now. They are 2-0 and playing great football. Too bad for them that the first couple of weeks don’t mean much. It’s still a feeling out process for everybody, and we’ll find out in a few weeks if the Chiefs are for real. We’ll get to know a little more about them today in Los Angeles, but either way, three weeks is a small sample size and a lot can change between now and December. This isn’t going to be as easy as it looks this afternoon. Travelling to California to play a decent team is never so simple. The Chargers are on the opposite side of the coin in this matchup. They’re 0-2 and searching for answers to what has gone wrong.
The Chargers haven’t been far off. A missed field goal late week led to a 19-17 loss against the Dolphins. In Week 1 against the Broncos on the road, the Chargers played the Broncos tough. A couple of things go their way, and they could be going into this game 2-0. The margin for error is thin in the NFL, and that can be the difference between a playoff team and a bad record. I guess, more than a couple of things go wrong for teams like the Browns, Colts, and Jets, though.
LAC won last week for 10 seconds or so. Younghoe Koo connected on the field goal attempt, but a timeout to ice him was called before they got the snap off. Koo with some more time to think about it, missed and the Chargers went to 0-2. The Charger defense played a good game, and they also played well in Week 1 so that’s been a great sign for them.
Philip Rivers really needs to put together a complete game, though. He’s had a couple of tough defensive matchups the first two weeks, and has another decent defense in Week 3. The Chiefs are down All-Star safety Eric Berry, though. Carson Wentz had a nice day passing on their secondary, completing 25 balls for 333 yards and 2 touchdowns. Alex Smith has found a new dimension to his game this season, though, as the Chiefs are going downfield more than we’ve seen before. The Chiefs have also seemed to luck out by drafting Kareem Hunt. We’ll see if the Chargers can contain those two. Head below for our Chiefs vs. Chargers pick.
K.C. Chiefs vs. L.A. Chargers Betting Odds:
Chiefs -3.5 (-110)
vs. Chargers +3.5(-110)
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Chiefs vs. Chargers Pick:
It was clear from the Eagles game that Kansas City is missing Eric Berry already. The Chiefs may have won 27-20 but it could have gone either way, before the last 5 minutes. I give them credit for going out and playing focused football after defeating the Patriots the week before. There are teams who get too comfortable after wins like that, but Andy Reid and the Chiefs made sure there wasn’t a letdown spot. This is another game where they must be focused and prepared. The Chargers should be hungry after two tough losses.
If the Chargers come up just short again, their team moral is going to be at a low. This is their most important game of this young season. Rivers has to put a game on in his own hands and take it over. He hasn’t thus far, the defense kept them in it against the Broncos and Dolphins. Defensively they haven’t been excellent or anything, but enough to give Rivers an opportunity to win games. They have allowed 21.5 points per game for 16th in the NFL.
The Chiefs have been giving up yardage this season. Despite the Patriots and Eagles wins, they allowed an average of 388.5 yards per game. That is 28th in the NFL. Alex Smith has looked great, with 5 touchdowns and 0 interceptions, but he will have off games. The defense must do better to help out and pick up for the absence of Berry. The Chiefs also lost another member of the secondary, Steven Nelson. Note, that starting center for the Chiefs, Mitch Morse, will be not playing due to a foot sprain. I expect a spirited effort by the Chargers this afternoon. The Chiefs come back to earth and have a minor slip in Los Angeles on Sunday. This line should be a pick instead of -3.5 KC.
PICK: CHARGERS +3.5 (-110)