Chargers vs. Chiefs Point Spread: NFL Predictions, Week 17 Odds

Payton Matthews | Mon. Dec 23 2019, 10:12 am

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Could Sunday be the end of the road for Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers? His disappointing team visits the Kansas City Chiefs.

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December 29, 2019, 1:00 PM ET
Arrowhead Stadium
Pointspread +10.5 -115
Moneyline +360
Over / Under o +46

22%

Betting Action

78%

Pointspread -10.5 -105
Moneyline -444
Over / Under u +46

22%

Betting Action

78%

While Philip Rivers has never reached a Super Bowl in his career, there’s little doubt that the 38-year-old is bound for Canton and the Pro Football Hall of Fame someday. Rivers ranks sixth all-time in passing yards, ahead of two guys who also were taken in Round 1 of the 2004 draft: Eli Manning (Giants) and Ben Roethlisberger (Steelers). Those guys each won two Super Bowls, though.

Rivers doesn’t have a contract for next season and it’s widely expected the Chargers will draft one. They could opt to bring Rivers back for one more year as a mentor or could simply decide to go in another direction. Rivers might choose to play somewhere else or retire and watch over his flock of nine children. He still commutes from San Diego to Los Angeles.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

The Chargers lost a “home” game on Monday night Week 11 in Mexico City to the Chiefs 24-17. L.A. largely dominated but had four turnovers – all Rivers interceptions, including in the Kansas City end zone in the final seconds. Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes was kept in check for the most part in throwing for only 182 yards with a touchdown and interception.

The road team has covered eight of the past nine in this series.

Los Angeles Chargers

With all due respect to Cleveland, the AFC’s most disappointing team, if not the NFL’s, this year is the Chargers. They finished 12-4 in 2018 and won a playoff game but are 5-10, although every loss but one has been by seven points or fewer.

This past Sunday, the Bolts played their final “home” game in that 28,000-seat soccer stadium outside L.A. and were upset 24-17 by the Raiders. The Chargers ran for just 19 yards on 16 carries, although Melvin Gordon did have two short TD runs. Rivers at least didn’t throw an interception (he has 18 on the year) but had his fourth game this season without a TD pass. Rivers has said he wants to keep playing.

Coach Anthony Lynn probably survives this debacle but enters 2020 squarely on the hot seat. The Chargers are 0-5 ATS in their past five vs. the AFC West.

Kansas City Chiefs

Interesting dilemma for Chiefs coach Andy Reid here. Kansas City has won the AFC West and right now would be the third seed in the playoffs, which means a home game next weekend. The Chiefs could get to No. 2 and a first-round bye with a win and a Miami victory in New England, but the Dolphins are nearly 17-point underdogs.

So might Reid rest Mahomes and other key guys on the assumption the Patriots win? Then again, if the Chiefs lose and Houston beats Tennessee, the Chiefs would slide to No. 4 in the AFC and a tougher first-round playoff matchup vs. a good Buffalo team. Mahomes threw for two scores and ran for one in an easy Week 16 victory in Chicago. It was Kansas City’s fifth straight win, and the defence has been spectacular in that run in allowing just 48 combined points.

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