Kansas City Chiefs vs Los Angeles Chargers Prediction, Betting Odds, Picks TNF
- The 9-4 Kansas City Chiefs are on a six-game winning streak thanks to defense
- The 8-5 Los Angeles Chargers are in line for one of the AFC’s wildcard playoff spots
- In four of its last five home games, Los Angeles has gone over the total points line
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The Kansas City Chiefs are on a six game winning streak and it’s due to DC Steve Spagnuolo’s improving defense that keeps opponents to under 21 points per game, a total that QB Patrick Mahomes and his playmakers on offense should be able to outscore even if WR Tyreek Hill and TE Travis Kelce get double- and triple-teamed yet again, a tactic that is starting to wear thin.
On a two game winning streak right now, the 8-5 Los Angeles Chargers are in line for one of the AFC’s wildcard playoff spots and after their Week 14 whipping of the NY Giants, 37-21, QB Justin Herbert will most likely be ready to continue his stellar play if he can cut down on the interceptions that have plagued him recently, a must win that would keep them in the hunt.
These two AFC West rivals have played each other 123 prior times (including 1 postseason game), with the Los Angeles Chargers winning 58 of the games and the Kansas City Chiefs winning 64 of the games, plus there has been one tie.
Kansas City Chiefs vs Los Angeles Chargers Predictions
Can the Chiefs Begin to Play Complimentary Football?
At first this season the Kanas City Chiefs looked broken on both sides of the ball, but gradually HC Andy Reid’s team has begun to resemble a playoff squad with an improving defense and special teams unit that had been shaky in the past.
Now it is up to QB Patrick Mahomes to continue to find himself, which he did in Week 14 with a passer rating of 139.2 in that win over the Raiders, which followed two unsteady weeks where his rating dropped to 71.9 and 57.3, though it’s important to note KC won both of those games.
Now in this final four-week run of games, it’s time for the Chiefs to begin to play complementary football where all three aspects of their game – offense, defense, and special teams – begin cleaning up those mistakes like the penalties and turnovers that haunted them early on.
Can the Chargers’ Offense Light Up Against Kansas City?
The Los Angeles Chargers have an offense ranked 7th in the league and they put 27 points on the scoreboard every game, so they are completely capable of being productive on Thursday night against this Chiefs team whose defense is beginning to gel.
The Chargers’ passing attack led by QB Justin Herbert is solid right now, ranked fifth overall after generating 280 yards through the air each game, but it’s their 21st ranked run game that needs to show up on Thursday night if they have any chance of outscoring these Chiefs.
Watch for big games from WR Keenan Allen and Mike Williams plus some key red zone catches from TE Jared Cook, but it’s RB Austin Ekeler who must contribute in this one if they have any chance of sneaking a Week 15 underdog win.
Chiefs Key Player: (RB) Clyde Edwards-Helaire
It’s just his second season in the NFL but running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire has become one of the better dual threats out of the backfield and is now a huge part of HC Andy Reid’s offense, a counter attack to Mahomes’ passing game that helps his play-action work.
Edwards-Helaire was an LSU star, and at 5’ 8” and 209 pounds, he uses his speed and quickness and sudden bursts to evade tackles and find the creases that his offensive linemen create, so far with 117 touches on the season for 565 yards from scrimmage and 5 touchdowns.
Since all defensive eyes are typically focused on QB Patrick Mahomes, the run game of Edwards-Helaire becomes a critical counter-punchy and when he is productive, the Chiefs’ offense is tough to defend since they can attack you from every angle.
Chargers Key Player: (EDGE) Joey Bosa
Make sure to keep an eye on Chargers’ EDGE rusher Joey Bosa, a beast to block and a prolific sacker of enemy quarterbacks, he is arguably one of the best players on the Los Angeles Roster, a six-year veteran with a high football IQ and a nonstop engine on the field.
Bosa is a 6’ 5” 280-pound OSU alum who has had a head-turning career in the NFL, so far with 56 career sacks and 128 total quarterback hits, any offensive coordinator he faces must immediately game plan for him.
This season Bosa has been effective, so far with 8.5 sacks, 10 quarterback hits, 5 forced fumbles, and 38 total tackles with four of those for a loss, so expect him to be all over the field on Thursday night making the Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes think twice about scrambling.
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How to Watch Chiefs vs Chargers
|Chiefs vs Chargers Information|
|What||Kansas City Chiefs vs Los Angeles Chargers|
|Where||SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA|
|When||Thursday, December 16, 2021; 8:20 PM ET|
|How to watch||FOX / NFL Network|
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