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- Red-hot division rivals clash Thursday at Arrowhead Stadium when the Chiefs host the Chargers. Los Angeles enters the week with nine wins in its past 10 games, and Kansas City has similar momentum with six wins in its past seven. The Chiefs’ only two losses all season have both been by three points—43-40 at New England and 54-51 in Los Angeles to the Rams. Since 2009, NFL favorites that have won three of their four games are 30-7-1 against the spread when going up against an opponent that has won at least eight of its previous 10 games, which includes a 25-5-1 ATS mark when the favorite has been the home team. Kansas City comes into this one having won nine straight regular-season home games. In 2018, the Chiefs have won their six home games by an average margin of two touchdowns while holding opponents to an average of 18.7 points per game.
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- The Chiefs have dominated this series in recent seasons with nine straight victories over the Chargers, during which time K.C. has gone 7-2 against the spread. Only two of those nine games have been decided by single digits, with Kansas City winning the past four meetings by 10, 13, 17 and 10 points, with the last of those meetings having been earlier this year. L.A.’s Philip Rivers has a 114.5 passer rating that ranks second among AFC quarterbacks behind only the Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes (115.2), but Rivers has thrown only two touchdown passes with six interceptions over his past four trips to Arrowhead Stadium while leading the Chargers to a total of just 50 points over those four games. When Mahomes faced Los Angeles in the 2018 season opener, he threw for 256 passing yards along with four touchdowns with no interceptions.
- Los Angeles ranks ninth in the NFL in passing yards per game (268.8), and the team’s 8.8 yards per pass attempt is second only to Kansas City. The Chiefs defense, however, has matched up well in recent seasons against opponents that move the ball effectively through the air, going 9-1 straight up and 8-0-2 ATS since the start of 2016 when facing an offense that throws for an average of at least 260 yards per game. Kansas City is 20-1 straight up and 15-6 against the spread when facing AFC West opponents since the midway point of the 2015 season.
A sluggish Chargers offense was bailed out last week by rookie kicker Michael Badgley, who scored the team’s final 12 points on four field goals against the Cincinnati Bengals. A field-goal fest won’t get it done against the high-scoring Chiefs. The Chargers, who average 28.2 points per game, can compete in a shootout, but they might not have running backs Melvin Gordon (knee) and Austin Ekeler (neck/concussion). Quarterback Philip Rivers and his receiving corps could have big performances against a Chiefs defense allowing a league-worst 281.8 passing yards per game. But what makes the Chiefs defense dangerous is their ferocious front seven with Justin Houston and Chris Jones. There’s a real chance Kansas City gets back former All-Pro safety Eric Berry, who hasn’t play all season because of injury. EDGE: Chargers
CHIEFS OFFENSE VS. CHARGERS DEFENSE
In his first season as a starting quarterback, Patrick Mahomes is putting up historic numbers. Mahomes leads the NFL in passing yards (4,300) and touchdowns (43). His quarterback rating of 115.2 ranks second, slightly ahead of Rivers’ 114.5. What makes Mahomes special is his arm strength, which fits perfectly with speed demons Sammy Watkins and Tyreek Hill. But both wideouts are nursing injuries. Hill, who injured his foot last week, has a good chance of playing, according to reports. Running back Spencer Ware has stepped up since the team released Kareem Hunt. If that wasn’t enough weapons, Mahomes has arguably the best tight end to throw to in Travis Kelce. Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa didn’t play in the first meeting against the Chiefs in Week 1. Bosa and Melvin Ingram will try to make life difficult for the MVP candidate. EDGE: Chiefs
Hill also impacts games as a punt returner. The Chargers know that from experience. Hill recorded a 91-yard punt return touchdown just 1 minute, 57 seconds into the game against the Chargers to open the season. Hill is considered by many as the best kick returner in the NFL. The Chargers’ Desmond King isn’t as fast as Hill, but he proved he can get the job done when he went 73 yards on a punt return touchdown against the Steelers earlier this month. Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker missed a field goal last week against the Baltimore Ravens at the end of regulation, but recovered with the game-winning field goal in overtime. Badgley drilled a 59-yard field goal last week against the Bengals to set a franchise record. EDGE: Chiefs
Andy Reid and Anthony Lynn could be the front-runners for Coach of the Year. Reid has had many successful seasons as a head coach, but what he’s doing with the Chiefs this year might be his best job yet. Before the season started, many questioned if Mahomes was ready to start in his second season. No one doubts the move anymore and Reid deserves plenty of credit for getting Mahomes prepared. Lynn has grown from his first season with the Chargers in 2017, when the team finished 9-7. Now the Chargers are in contention for their first division title in nine years and Lynn is a big reason why. EDGE: Chiefs
The mental edge has to go to the Chiefs, who have a nine-game winning streak against the Chargers. The Chiefs haven’t lost at Arrowhead Stadium this season and the Chargers haven’t won there since November 2013. The Chargers can clinch their first postseason berth in five years with a win Thursday, but they’ll need to break the curse against the Chiefs to accomplish that. The Chargers could be better prepared for the environment after defeating the Steelers at Heinz Field in prime time on Dec. 2. EDGE: Chiefs