Week 15 of the NFL schedule kicks off with a pivotal divisional showdown between the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday Night Football. The game is a de facto AFC West Championship game. With a win on Thursday, the Chiefs (9-4) can take a two-game lead over the Chargers with three games left. Los Angeles (8-5), which eliminated Kansas City earlier this season, can overtake the Chiefs as division leader with its second win over Kansas City this year.
Kickoff is at 8:20 p.m. ET. Kansas City is a three-point favorite in Caesars Sportsbook’s latest Chargers vs Chiefs odds while the Over-Under for total points scored is 54. Before you lock in Chargers vs Chiefs picks or NFL predictions, make sure -you you see what SportsLine’s resident charger expert Mike Tierney has to say.
A national sportswriter whose work appears in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, Tierney covered the NFL for decades and reported on seven Super Bowls. He’s used his experience to crush the NFL, going 187-147 ATS over the past three full seasons. Additionally, Tierney is a remarkable 27-14-1 in his last 42 picks involving the Chargers. Everyone who followed him is upstairs.
Now Tierney watched Chiefs versus Chargers from all angles and launched a confident choice against the grain. You can visit SportsLine now to see its Thursday Night Football pick. Here are several NFL odds and Trends for Chargers vs. Leaders:
- Difference between Chargers and Chiefs: Kansas City -3
- Chargers vs. Chiefs Over/Under: 54
- Chargers vs. Chiefs moneyline: Kansas City -160, Los Angeles +140
- KC: Chiefs rank sixth in scoring defense (20.6 ppg)
- LAC: QB Justin Herbert ranks third in passing yards (3,822)
Featured game | Los Angeles Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Why the Chiefs can cover
Kansas City plays championship-caliber defense. Over the past six games, the Chiefs have allowed just 10.8 points and 311.7 yards per game. By comparison, they allowed 29.0 points and 404.6 yards per game in the first seven games of the season. The defense also has 16 takeaways over the past six games, leading the league in that span.
Additionally, the Kansas City offense has an advantage on third downs. The Chiefs have the NFL’s best third offense, converting at 52.2%. That bodes well against a Chargers defense that has the league’s third-worst defense (49.1%).
Why chargers can cover
Los Angeles faces a Kansas City offense that is struggling to match its quick-hitting ability of recent years. The Chiefs are averaging 27.0 points per game, which is tied for eighth in the NFL. However, in the past three seasons with Patrick Mahomes under center, Kansas City has finished with one top-six offense.
Additionally, Los Angeles has had success against the Chiefs recently. The Chargers have won the last two meetings against Kansas City, including a 30-24 win at Arrowhead in Week 3. Los Angeles also beat the Chargers 38-21 in Week 17 of last season, also at Arrowhead.
How to make Chiefs vs Chargers picks
Tierney looks at the total, and he also discovered a critical X-factor that makes him jump to one side of the spread. He shares it only on SportsLine. He shares what it is and which side of the Chargers vs Chiefs has spread only to SportsLine.
Who wins the Chiefs against the Chargers on Thursday Night Football? And what critical X-factor makes a Chiefs vs Chargers side spread a must-see? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Chiefs vs Chargers spread you should jump to, all from the NFL expert who is 27-14 on picks involving the Chargers, and find out.