It doesn’t feel right to say the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles (instead of San Diego) Chargers are renewing their AFC West rivalry this Sunday, but that’s the case as the Chiefs take on their rivals in the City of Angels for the first time ever.
The Chiefs look like the real deal at 2-0 and set as favourites again on the NFL odds board.
Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Chargers
When: Sunday, 4:25 PM ET
Where: StubHub Center, L.A.
Point spread: Chiefs opened -2.5, moved to -3
Point Spread and Betting Analysis
How interesting is the AFC West through two weeks? It might be the best division in football with Kansas City, Oakland and Denver all 2-0 and looking like legit Super Bowl contenders. Then you have Los Angeles at 0-2 but could easily be 2-0. The Chiefs have won six straight in this series, covering in four. Last season as 6.5-point home favourites in Week 1, Kansas City staged an incredible rally to win 33-27 in overtime. The Chargers led 24-3 late in the third quarter and 27-10 with just over nine minutes left. Blowing games late has become a franchise bugaboo. The Chiefs were 5.5-point favourites in their final trip to San Diego and the final-ever game there in Week 17 and won 37-27 to clinch the AFC West title. The Chargers fired Coach Mike McCoy after the game. The Chiefs are 8-2 SU and 5-5 ATS in the past 10 as at least 2.5-point road favourites in the series. Heavy early action is on Kansas City here — this line thus could jump to 3 or even 3.5.
Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs have arguably the best early resume in the NFL thanks to their shocking Week 1 victory in New England and then a 27-20 Week 2 home win over Philadelphia. The clear early leader for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year is Kansas City running back Kareem Hunt. He has 229 yards rushing and three scores (long of 58), while catching eight balls for 126 yards and two TDs (long of 78). Hunt’s 355 yards from scrimmage are the fourth most in league history by a rookie in his team’s first two games. His five scrimmage TDs are tied for second most. Kansas City lost Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry to a season-ending injury in Week 1 and likely will not have starting center Mitch Morse for at least this game. He suffered a sprained foot vs. the Eagles.
Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers were always going to have a very unique home-field advantage for the next few seasons playing in the 30,000-seat StubHub Center, home of MLS’ L.A. Galaxy. Many fans in San Diego are too angry at the team for leaving to drive up to Los Angeles to watch the games. And most L.A. fans, if they identify with a hometown NFL team at all it’s the Rams. When the Chargers played their home opener in Week 2 vs. Miami, a 19-17 loss, the stadium still wasn’t full and it was louder when the Dolphins made a good play. Chiefs fans always travel well, and they should fill at least half the stadium Sunday. By the time you read this, the Bolts could have a new kicker. Undrafted rookie Younghoe Koo missed a 44-yard field goal with five seconds left to beat the Dolphins. He had a 44-yard attempt (maybe don’t kick from that distance?) blocked with one second remaining that would have tied the game in the Chargers’ Week 1 loss to Denver. Koo is 1-for-4 overall thus far, and Coach Anthony Lynn hinted the team could bring in a guy or two this week to compete with Koo.
Chiefs at Chargers Prediction
Chiefs 21, Chargers 19
Jump on this before it reaches 3 — Chiefs will cover the 2.5.