Chargers vs Chiefs – NFL Pick for December 16th

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Los Angeles Chargers (-115)
Kansas City Chiefs (+110)
Total: 46.5

Spread: Chargers -1

All odds referenced in this article were taken from Bovada at 2pm on December 15, 2017. The odds may have changed since this writing.

Few could’ve seen this coming as recently as 2 months ago, but Saturday night’s Chiefs-Chargers tilt at Arrowhead Stadium is one of the biggest games of the season to this point. Both teams enter Week 15 at 7-6 on the season and battling for supremacy in the AFC West. The Chiefs hold a narrow edge in the standings due to their win over the Chargers in Week 3, but things could change in a big way if L.A. manages to steal this game on the road.

The Chiefs snapped a 4-game losing skid with a resounding 26-15 win over the Raiders last weekend. KC jumped out to a 26-0 lead in that one and never looked back. Following a few down weeks, Kareem Hunt finally looked like the guy we saw in the first half of the season. The star rookie carried the ball 25 times for 116 yards with a touchdown against Oakland.

The defense will be key for the Chiefs in this one. The D showed up in a big way in the stomping of the Raiders, limiting Oakland to just 268 total yards of offense and keeping them off the scoreboard until the fourth quarter. The defense was huge in the aforementioned early-season win over L.A. The Chiefs picked off Philip Rivers 3 times on their way to a 24-10 win.

As for the Chargers, there may be no hotter team in football at the moment. Despite starting a dismal 0-4, L.A. has managed to claw their way back into the thick of the AFC playoff picture. The Chargers have won 7 of their last 9 games, and they’re currently riding a 4-game winning streak that includes victories over the Bills, Cowboys, Browns and Redskins.

Obviously, a date on the road in Kansas City will be the team’s toughest test yet. Los Angeles opened as 1-point underdogs before becoming a 1.5-point favorite as of now. The Chargers have averaged nearly 33 points per game during their winning streak, and Rivers, Melvin Gordon and Keenan Allen have been borderline unstoppable.

The Chargers’ offense has more household names, but the defense has been stepping up as of late. Joey Bosa is a stone-cold stud on the defensive line, as the former Ohio State Buckeye has already racked up 11.5 sacks on the year.

It’ll be chilly in Kansas City, but not as cold as some December games we’ve seen in the past. It’s expected to be clear and around 50 degrees around kickoff, which isn’t too bad. The weather shouldn’t have an impact on either offense’s ability to move the ball up and down the field.

That said, the over/under of 46 ½ looks a tad high for a game featuring a pair of solid defenses and teams playing on short rest (by a day). There are enough playmakers on both teams to where this could turn into a shootout, but a more low-scoring affair feels like the more likely outcome. We also aren’t completely sold on the Chiefs being underdogs at home in a prime-time game.

Take the under on Chiefs-Chargers, and consider picking Kansas City as a home ‘dog.
Taylor Smith

Taylor Smith has been a staff writer with since early 2017. Taylor is primarily a sports writer, though he will occasionally dabble in other things like politics and entertainment betting. His primary specialties are writing about the NBA, Major League Baseball, NFL and domestic and international soccer. Fringe sports like golf and horse racing aren’t exactly his cup of tea, bu ...

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