The 11-2 Kansas City Chiefs are already locked and loaded with a spot in the playoffs, but they have more work to do if they are to clinch the division title. That’s because the 10-2 Los Angeles Chargers are still breathing down their necks in the AFC West division. Read on for a preview of this marquee matchup below where the sportsbook favors the Chiefs by a field goal.
Betting Preview for the Los Angeles Chargers vs Kansas City Chiefs NFL Week 15 Game on December 13, 2018
Where: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City
When: Thursday, December 13, 2018, 8:20 PM ET
Line: Los Angeles Chargers (+3) vs Kansas City Chiefs (-3) – view all 2018 NFL lines
TV Broadcast: FOX
Betting on the Los Angeles Chargers (10-3)
The Chargers took care of business on Sunday, defeating the struggling Cincinnati Bengals at home, 26-21. That win showed once again that the Chargers have enough to stay competitive despite missing their top rushing weapon in Melvin Gordon. The running back missed another game in Week 14 due to a knee injury, but his absence was mitigated by the performance of Austin Ekeler, who led the team in the Bengals game with 66 rushing yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. However, Ekeler sustained a stinger in that game, leaving his status for the upcoming rematch with the Chiefs up in the air. If neither Gordon and Ekeler can’t go in Week 15, Justin Jackson will be promoted into the No. 1 RB role, while quarterback Philip Rivers will have added load in the passing attack. In the first meeting with Kansas City in Week 1, Rivers threw for 424 passing yards and three touchdowns against an interception on 34-of-51 completions, albeit in a 38-28 home loss. Patrick Mahomes lit them up in the previous meeting, but he also didn’t have to deal with Chargers pass rushing beast in Joey Bosa, who’s now healthy and raring to go at the Chiefs’ offensive line.
The Chiefs are 4-0 against the spread (ATS) in their last four road games.
Betting on the Kansas City Chiefs (11-2)
The Chiefs continue to have success even without running back Kareem Hunt for good. As long as they have quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs look like they are going to be just fine, as evidenced once again in Kansas City’s 27-24 overtime win at home against the Baltimore Ravens last Sunday. Mahomes racked up 377 passing yards and two touchdowns with an interception against the Ravens’ stout defense. Wide receiver Tyreek Hill and tight end Travis Kelce made huge impact downfield in the Ravens game with 139 and 77 receiving yards, respectively. One area worth monitoring for the Chiefs is their backfield situation. Spencer Ware, who has stepped up in lieu of the dismissed Hunt, sustained a shoulder injury against the Ravens. Should he miss time to heal from his injury, the Chiefs will likely ask Damien Williams to be their No. 1 running back for the meantime.
Kansas City is No. 1 in the NFL in scoring offense with a dizzying output of 36.2 points per game.
The Chiefs are 6-0 SU and 3-3 ATS in their last six home games.
Kansas City wins, 30-27.
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