Los Angeles Chargers vs Kansas City Chiefs Week 3 Predictions, Odds & Picks

  • Chargers QB Justin Herbert had 31 completions for 338 yards and a TD in Week 2
  • KC QB Patrick Mahomes just threw a pick and lost a game in Sept for the first time ever

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Los Angeles Chargers +6.5
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The Chargers’ defense is ranked fifth against the pass so if they can contain Mahomes in the pocket in loud Arrowhead they might be able to ‘win’ with the help of this generous spread.

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After the two interceptions thrown by Los Angeles Chargers’ young quarterback Justin Herbert in Week 2, it still took a last-second field goal for the Cowboys to beat them, 20-17, Herbert with 31 completions for 338 yards and a touchdown on a day with a dozen team penalties for almost a hundred backward yards, sloppiness that will lose them the game in Arrowhead.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw an interception and lost a game in September for the first time ever in his career, that surprising loss to the Ravens the result of being unable to stop their rushing attack, allowing 250 yards on the ground, a defense that needs to find itself before they get hit by the Chargers’ Top-5 offense.

These two AFC franchises have played each other 122 prior times (including 1 postseason game), with the Kansas City Chiefs winning 64 of those games and the Los Angeles Chargers winning 57 of the games, plus one tie.

Can the Chargers Offense be Effective at Noisy Arrowhead?

It’s arguably true that Arrowhead is the loudest stadium in the world, the Chiefs’ ancient dojo even with its own record in the Guinness Book of World Records after a 142.2 dB roar during the Sept. 29, 2014 game against the New England Patriots.

That constant roar is what the Chargers young quarterback Justin Herbert is facing when he and his offense take the field on Sunday, so they had the best work out some silent counts and hand signals so they can effectively communicate in the huddle and at the line.

Arrowhead’s noisy home crowds are difficult enough for veteran QBs to handle, but it could be the undoing of a second-year pro like Herbert unless he can get help from some of the veterans on the Chargers roster like center Corey Linsley who has been in the league since 2014.


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Can Chiefs Defense Stop the Chargers Top-5 Offense?

Last week against the Ravens, the Kansas City defense looked might porous, allowing the Ravens 481 total yards of offense as well as 36 points on the board, one more than the Chiefs could muster, thus their first loss of the season.

The Chargers are also quite capable on offense, so far this season ranked fifth overall in production after averaging 416 total yards of offense per game in 2021, so the Chiefs defense must step up at home, their side of the ball ranked last in the league after two games.

KC allows their opponents to gain almost 470 yards per game and score an average of 32.5 points during each matchup, a production that places the pressure on the Chiefs’ offense, especially QB Patrick Mahomes, to have to constantly put more and more points on the scoreboard.

Chargers Key Player: (EDGE) Joey Bosa

Since he entered the league back in 2016, Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa has been putting the fear of sack into opposing quarterbacks, the veteran All-Pro with 48.5 total sacks under his belt already.

So far this season, Bosa has posted a sack, 2 quarterback hits, a forced fumble and 7 total tackles so he is already a force to be reckoned with, a playmaker with 2-digit sack potential in a season where his team is now 1-1.

To beat the Chiefs you must somehow neutralize the movements of their QB Mahomes, and Bosa has the speed, the power, and the never-ending engine to get that job done so keep an eye on how affects the game’s momentum on Sunday.

Chiefs Key Player: (WR) Mecole Hardman

Most of the league has already figured out that to stop the Chiefs, you must take receiver Tyreek Hill and tight end Travis Kelce out of the mix, not easy to do but that’s how the Ravens managed to stay close to them all game and eventually win in Week 2.

That puts the pressure on receiver Mecole Hardman, now in his third NFL season (all with the Chiefs) and finding himself battling mostly single coverage since all the double-teams are getting used up on Hill and Kelce.

Hardman has mostly stepped up, so far in 2021 with 8 receptions for 74 yards but no touchdowns, and if the Chiefs expect to discourage all those Hill / Kelce double teams, then Hardman and Mahomes must take full advantage of defenses letting him run relatively free.

How to Watch Chargers vs Chiefs

Chargers vs Chiefs Information
What Los Angeles Chargers vs Kansas City Chiefs
Where Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO
When Sunday, September 26, 2021; 1:00 PM ET
How to watch CBS

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