Chiefs at Chargers Betting Preview: Chiefs (-8.5/-110), Chargers (+8.5/-110)
Kansas City Chiefs Odds
The Chiefs have only one loss to the Chargers dating to the 2013 season, but Anthony Lynn’s crew has done well against Patrick Mahomes. That’s saying a lot considering the rate at which Mahomes is picking the rest of the league apart.
The test now for the Chargers is whether they can deal with Mahomes while also accounting for rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire. The Chiefs’ first-round pick was a do-it-all dynamo in the opener, rushing for 138 yards and routinely reaching and exceeding the linebacker level of the defense before taking on contact.
The Chargers could be without one of their top defenders. Defensive end Joey Bosa missed Wednesday’s practice with a triceps injury but he’s aiming to return after recording a QB sack at Cincinnati last week.
Los Angeles Chargers Odds
The leash could grow shorter for Tyrod Taylor with another uneven performance like the one he delivered against the Bengals. Cincinnati was playing without key personnel but the Chargers mustered only 16 points.
Lynn expects better with two key offensive linemen due to return in guard Trai Turner and center Mike Pouncey. Turner is back at practice while Pouncey figures to be a game-time decision with a hip injury.
The Chargers got a jolt from rookie running back Josh Kelley, who scored the team’s only touchdown. Taylor was 16 of 30 passing but did connect with deep threat Mike Williams. Kansas City’s defensive line could throttle the Chargers without their top blocking unit intact. But if Los Angeles can protect Taylor, the Chiefs are beatable over the top.
Chiefs at Chargers Betting Pick for September 20, 2020
Kansas City’s offense appeared to be in postseason form in Week 1 while the Chargers might need time to find second gear. Keeping up with KC proves too much for the disjointed Chargers in the second half.
Chiefs at Chargers Betting Pick:
Chiefs 29, Chargers 17
Chiefs at Chargers Best Bet for Sept. 20, 2020
At +300 the only team with a higher Week 2 moneyline play is the Jacksonville Jaguars (+320 in Tennessee). The upset is beyond doubtful but the Chargers’ history of containing Mahomes implies keeping the score in check.
Chiefs at Chargers Best Bet: UNDER 47.5 (-110)
–Field Level Media