That dismal start to the season was just a mirage. The Kansas City Chiefs have turned things around and will take a six-game winning streak into their Thursday Night Football matchup with Los Angeles Chargers to get the Week 15 betting slate underway.
The Chiefs have a slim lead over the Bolts as they look to secure a sixth straight AFC West title. LA is playing good football as well having won two straight and three of their last four games and they can even the records at the top of the division with a victory. LA won the first meeting 30-24 back in Week 3, their second straight triumph in the series.
The Week 15 game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers will take place at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA at 8:20 p.m. ET on Thursday, December 16 and will be televised on FOX and NFL Network.
Chiefs vs Chargers Odds
Kansas City Chiefs -3 | Los Angeles Chargers +3 [BET NOW]
Chiefs vs Chargers Over/Under
Over/Under 50 [BET NOW]
The Chiefs are dialed in with that sluggish start a thing of the past. They won again on Sunday taking down Las Vegas 48-9 for their sixth straight victory and fourth consecutive cover. They hit the board for this division showdown laying 3-points. KC has chewed up the division during their run of five straight AFC West titles but have had difficulties against the Chargers losing the previous two meetings while going 0-3 ATS in the last three.
The Chiefs are getting the job done defensively holding each of their last three opponents to exactly nine points with the UNDER 6-2 in their last eight games. LA is hanging close in a tight division race keeping pace with a 37-21 win over the Giants on Sunday. They won and covered the last two games. This will be the first time the Bolts play as a home dog should the line hold. They are 4-3 SU and 3-4 ATS at SoFi Stadium this season.
Kansas City Chiefs
Now that it appears the issues on the defensive side of the ball that plagued the team during their 3-4 start are behind them, the Chiefs have to work on the offense. Apparently they did ahead of Sunday’s game. The Chiefs had their highest scoring game of the season in the 48-9 romp over the Raiders. And they’ve been paying off their backers with four straight covers. It’s almost too bad they don’t play Vegas more often since they outscored the Raiders 89-23 in both games.
It was the kind of dominant performance we’re used to seeing from the Chiefs. Patrick Mahomes was on fire hitting 20 of 24 pass attempts for 258 yards and a pair of scores. And the ground game produced 132 yards and three touchdowns. The Chiefs amassed 372 yards and averaged 6.5 yards per play. But the scary thing is that the offense wasn’t even the highlight of the day.
Once again the defenders made a stand allowing fewer than 10 points in a third straight outing. And the ball hawking play of Tyrann Matthieu sparked the rout. Matthieu had an interception and fumble recovery as the Chiefs forced five turnovers scoring four touchdowns off the miscues. They had a 35-point lead midway through the third quarter and pulled many starters to get rested ahead of the short turnaround.
Los Angeles Chargers
Coming off blowout wins over Cincinnati and the Giants, and having already beaten the Chiefs this season on the road, the Chargers should be full of confidence. They can beat lesser teams like the Giants without the services of Derwin James and Keenan Allen, who both missed Sunday’s game. The short week leaves their status in doubt, and the Bolts could be without Austin Ekeler, who sustained an ankle injury and retreated to the bench in the second half. Beating KC again without those players makes the job more difficult.
Getting contributions from Justin Jackson and Joshua Kelly in the run game and with Jalen Guyton catching three passes for 87 yards and a touchdown, the Bolts have players stepping up. And they have a cocky quarterback in Justin Herbert, and I mean that in a good way. Herbert showed off against New York with three scoring passes and the Bolts averaged nearly 40 points in their last three wins.
The division has been trying to catch up with the Chiefs for a few years now and the Chargers are the closest to getting there. Herbert tossed four touchdown passes in the 30-24 win in Week 3 outdueling Mahomes. It was LA’s second straight win in the series. This one will be different, though. In last season’s finale the Bolts faced a lineup that consisted of reserves and KC looked out of sorts earlier this season.
Chiefs vs Chargers Predictions
The Chiefs aren’t ready to pass the torch and they’ve been playing their best football of the season for over a month. They figured things out defensively and Mahomes has the offense looking like the group that won the last two AFC crowns. I like the Chargers but injuries and inconsistent play on defense have me backing the visitors.
Prediction: Kansas City Chiefs -3 and UNDER 50