The upcoming NFL game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the LA Chargers will be a thrilling Thursday night matchup. The Chargers won 30-23 in the last meeting, and this game determines the AFC West leader. Every game matters, especially with the AFC West so close. There's a lot of betting value in this game.
Chargers On a Roll
The Chargers are having a great season. They have 8-5 and are playing well against outstanding football teams. This was clear when they defeated the Chiefs earlier in the season. The Chargers average nearly 400 yards per game and score 27 points on offense. They're able to score and they love the passing game. Justin Herbert, a great quarterback with 314.6 passing yards per game, is the fourth-best in the NFL.
Recently, the defense has been in trouble, though. The Chargers are giving up 25 points per game. In nine of the last nine games, the Chargers allowed 21 points or more each game. These two teams have dynamic offenses, which means the defense will likely decide who wins this game.
Chiefs Relying on Defense
The Chiefs have been successful this year because of their defense. They give up 20 points per game. In fact, they have allowed just nine points in three of their last three games. Their defense is firing on all the right cylinders. The defense's success can be attributed to the Chief's secondary, which is producing turnovers. It has not allowed a quarterback to throw 300 yards in ten games.
On offense, the Chiefs have averaged 32.5 points per game over their last four matches behind QB Patrick Mahomes. This team is a better team than when they faced the Chargers. The Chiefs have made significant improvements on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball and are currently on a six-game winning streak.
The loss to LA was a big deal for the Chiefs. Things were chaotic at the time, with the offense turning over the ball a lot, and the defense being inept. The turnaround from their early-season struggles could be completed by a victory on Thursday as Kansas City looks for revenge.
Plenty of Lines and Odds Options
This game could be one of the better ones of the year. The Chargers are coming up from behind to threaten the division, while the Chiefs are finding solid ground after a few stumbles. When these two teams meet, anything is possible. The Chiefs are 2-4 against the spread (ATS) in their last six games against the Chargers, but are 6-0 straight up in their last six road games against the team.
The Chargers are 0-6 ATS at home when facing the Chiefs. However, they're also 5-1 ATS in their last six when going up against an AFC West division team. Across their last 12 games, LA has gone 12-5 straight up.
There are plenty of prop bet options on Mahomes. He's averaging 280.2 yards in the air per game off a completion percentage of 65.5. Through Week 14, he has thrown for 27 touchdowns, but added 12 interceptions. Mahomes has been able to gain yardage on the ground, as well, averaging almost 21 yards a game.