In a division that seems largely up-in-the-air, you can ill afford to fall behind early in the season. One team in the AFC West gets to make an early statement, as the Los Angeles Chargers visit the Kansas City Chiefs at 4:05 p.m. ET for Week 1 of the NFL season. Vegas odds currently have the Chargers as 3.5-point favorites against the Chiefs, with an over/under line set at 48.
Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid has worked wonders since he was hired in 2013 as the team has finished 1st in the AFC West for two straight seasons. This season, Reid will have to work more of his magic because although the team returns most of the roster that finished 10-7 straight up (10-7 ATS), the Chiefs enter this season with a starting quarterback with only 1 start under his belt.
KC is buzzing over 2nd year quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who is set to take over the reins from long-time starter Alex Smith. The quarterback owns a rocket for an arm and flashed playmaking ability in his only start last year against Denver.
Although the Chiefs enter the game with a little experience at quarterback, Andy Reid coached teams are infamous for starting the season strong. Last year, the team started 5-1 before cooling-off, losing six of seven, but managed to sneak into the playoffs.
Reid won both games against the Chargers last year and the Chiefs covered the spread in both appearances.
The Chargers, who finished last season 9-7 SU(8-7-1 ATS), enter the season as a team many consider a dark horse in the AFC. A team seemingly snake-bitten by injures year-after-year, the 2018 Chargers may finally have the team deep enough to handle if-or-when adversity hits. Second-year Head Coach Anthony Lynn has everything you want on both sides of the ball.
On Offense, the team is still led by Pro Bowl quarterback Phillip Rivers — who finally seems to have enough weapons to threaten even the best defenses in the NFL.
On defense, the team has a ferocious pass rush along with a ball-hawking secondary. Even though Pro Bowl pass rusher Joey Bosa is expected miss the contest, the team still has two very capable pass rushers in Melvin Ingram III and rookie standout Uchenna Nwosu.
The Chargers have a lot of potential, but that’s a statement heard one-too-many times when it comes to this team. Nevertheless, look for this game to be a close one, as the total has gone UNDER in six in the last eight meeting between the two.