The Los Angeles Chargers (5-10) travel to Missouri this weekend for an AFC West clash against the Kansas City Chiefs (11-4). Kickoff is set for 1:00 PM EST on December 29th at Arrowhead Stadium and the game will be televised on CBS.
Oddsmakers opened this game up with the Chiefs listed as 9-point home favorites. The spread has decreased by half a point after early betting, as Kansas City is currently available at -8.5. The total for this matchup is 45.5 points. Click here for a full look at the Week 17 NFL odds and for more links to our individual game previews.
Chiefs vs Chargers Game Odds & Betting Preview
Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers lost their second straight game last weekend, falling 24-17 at home against Oakland to drop to just 5-10 on the season overall. Los Angeles trailed 14-7 at the half and couldn’t find a way to pull off a comeback over the final two quarters, allowing the Raiders to tack on ten more points down the stretch. QB Philip Rivers went 27/39 for 279 passing yards but failed to find the end zone while RB Melvin Gordon found the end zone twice on the ground despite rushing for only 15 yards on nine carries. Keenan Allen also chipped in, making five catches for 71 receiving yards. Overall, the Chargers generated almost 300 total yards of offense and scored two touchdowns in the loss.
Los Angeles was below average defensively against the Raiders, giving up close to 400 total yards of offense and three touchdowns. The Chargers couldn’t find a way to slow down Oakland WR Hunter Renfrow, allowing the speedster to rack up 107 receiving yards and a touchdown on seven catches.
Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs have now won five consecutive games after beating the Bears 26-3 on the road last weekend to improve to 11-4 on the season overall. Kansas City scored 17 unanswered points in the first half and never looked back, giving up just a single field goal the entire game. QB Patrick Mahomes went 23/33 for 251 passing yards and two touchdowns through the air while also finding the end zone on the ground once as well. RB Damien Williams averaged 4.1 yards per carry to lead the way on the ground but it was WR Tyreek Hill who caused the most issues for the Chicago defense, recording five catches for 72 yards. As a whole, the Chiefs gained over 350 total yards of offense and scored three touchdowns in the victory.
Kansas City had a fantastic outing on the other side of the ball against the Bears, surrendering just over 250 total yards of offense and no touchdowns. The Chiefs were especially strong defending against the pass, yielding only 157 yards through the air the entire game.
Free NFL Betting Predictions and Pick: Chiefs -8.5
With Kansas City needing to win this game outright in order to secure a first-round bye, I feel comfortable that their starters will see enough action to grind out a cover at home on Sunday afternoon. The Chiefs have really been on an upswing as of late, winning four out of their last five games by at least a full touchdown. Los Angeles hasn’t been nearly as impressive, going an embarrassing 4-10-1 against the spread through their first 15 outings.
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Kansas City has been dominant against the spread in this AFC West rivalry in recent years, as they have now covered the number in five out of their last six meetings with the Chargers. They have also just lost one game outright against Los Angeles over that same time span. On the other side, Rivers and Co. are a brutal 1-7 against the spread in their last eight meetings with opponents from the AFC. They are also only 1-5 ATS over their last six games overall. I’ll lay the 8.5 points and eat the chalk in this matchup, as I like Kansas City to cover the number here in Week 17 en route to clinching a much-needed bye week to start the playoffs. Give me the Chiefs!