Upcoming Free Picks

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Los Angeles Chargers,
9-24-2017 - Prediction & Preview

This is a past game! View all upcoming NFL games instead!

Game Snapshot with Current Line

#483 Kansas City
Chiefs
#484 Los Angeles
Chargers

Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 4:25pm

Image licensed from USA Today Sports

Kansas City Chiefs (2-0-0 SU, 2-0-0 ATS, 2-0 O/U) vs. Los Angeles Chargers (0-2-0 SU, 0-1-1 ATS, 1-1-0 O/U)

When and Where: Sunday, Sept. 24, StubHub Center, Carson, Calif., 4:35 p.m. EDT.

Line: Chiefs -3

Over/Under: 46

Seeking their second 3-0 start in four seasons, Alex Smith and the big-play Kansas City Chiefs try to keep pace in the rugged AFC West on Sunday when they face their intradivision rivals, the Los Angeles Chargers, at StubHub Center.

Kansas City’s offense generating lots of points and big yards

Smith and the Chiefs (2-0) showed their season-opening victory at defending champion New England was no fluke by holding off Philadelphia 27-20 in their home opener last Sunday. Smith completed 21 of 28 passes for 251 yards and a touchdown while Kareem Hunt contributed a 53-yard scoring run and a second rushing touchdown as Kansas City kept pace with Oakland and Denver atop the AFC West.

Four of Kansas City’s nine touchdowns have been on plays of 21 yards or longer after having just nine offensive scoring plays of 20 or more yards all of last season.  Smith has completed 77.8 percent of his passes for 619 yards and five TDs without an interception on the young season, while Hunt, a third-round rookie out of Toledo, has averaged 9.1 yards per touch between his 30 carries and eight receptions while scoring five times.

Kansas City’s 7.59 yards per play is more than a full yard better than any other team in the league, and the Chiefs have been at their best on first down, averaging a NFL-best 11.23 yards on 47 plays. No other team is generating more than 7.85 yards per first down play.

While the defense hasn’t put up gaudy statistics, they are getting to the quarterback, evidenced by their nine sacks thus far. Because they’ve been playing with a lead for most of their two wins, the Chiefs have allowed 600 passing yards, but they’ve also allowed just a 50 percent completion rate.

No home-field advantage for the Chargers just yet

Los Angeles began its three-year stint at the StubHub Center with a tough 19-17 loss to Miami last Sunday. Philip Rivers threw for 331 yards and a touchdown, but the Chargers’ bend but don’t break defense allowed three field goals in the final 17:43 before Younghoe Koo missed a potential game-winning 44-yard field goal with five seconds left.

The defeat overshadowed Antonio Gates’ historic milestone as he caught his 112th touchdown pass, setting an NFL record for tight ends. But it was also a case of another tough loss for the Chargers regardless of venue, Los Angeles, San Diego or otherwise, as they’ve lost 11 games by eight or fewer points dating to the start of last season.

Rivers has gotten off to a fast start in his 14th season, completing 53 of 72 passes for 523 yards and four TDs with only one interception. His 318 career touchdown passes are three behind New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning for seventh on the all-time list and he’s 648 passing yards from eclipsing Fran Tarkenton to enter the top 10 all-time in that category.

Trends:

The Chiefs are:

  • 7-0-0 ATS in their last seven road games.
  • 11-1-0 SU and 8-4-0 ATS versus AFC West opponents since the start of 2015.
  • 5-1-0 ATS in their last six road games against the Chargers.

The Chargers are:

  • 0-4-1 ATS in their last five games overall.
  • 0-3-1 ATS in their last four games versus AFC West opponents.
  • 4-7-0 ATS versus the Chiefs at home when Philip Rivers starts at QB.

Right now, the Chiefs have whatever the “it” factor is in the NFL. Smith has completely gone away from the label of “game manager” as coach Andy Reid has added multiple offensive wrinkles thanks to the addition of Hunt on top of the mismatches tight end Travis Kelce creates with his size and speed.

On the opposite end of the spectrum are the Chargers, who have been doing just enough to lose games over the last season-plus. While Rivers has always been a gamer and capable of putting up big numbers regardless of opponents, there’s no reason to believe Los Angeles will match up well with a Kansas City team that enjoyed success on the road previously against the Chargers and should do again in this new venue.

Pick: Chiefs -3

Chris Altruda

A 1994 graduate of Marquette University when they were known as the Warriors and Brooklyn native, Chris Altruda is a freelance sportswriter based in Chicago. He has worked at three major U.S. wire services and also has prior experience in sports handicapping and daily fantasy roster building. Now that the Cubs have won a World Series, he holds out hope the Jets will win a Super Bowl before he dies. Can be followed on Twitter at @AlTruda73.

Login

Forgot Password?
Forgot your password? Enter your email and we'll send you a reset token:

Return to login
Enter the token from your email and a new password. Don't forget to check your spam folder if you didn't get the email.

Upcoming Free Picks

Friday, Sep 21
NCAAF
#305 Owls 71
#306 Knights -13
7:00pm
View Pick
#307 Nittany Lions
#308 Illini
9:00pm
View Pick
#309 Cougars 51.5
#310 Trojans -4.5
10:30pm
View Pick
MLB
#979 Cubs -160
#980 White Sox 9
4:10pm
View Pick
#951 Mets -140
#952 Nationals 8
7:05pm
View Pick
#953 Brewers -125
#954 Pirates 8
7:05pm
View Pick
#965 Orioles 9
#966 Yankees -270
7:05pm
View Pick
#967 Rays
#968 Blue Jays
7:05pm
View Pick
#955 Reds -130
#956 Marlins 7.5
7:10pm
View Pick
#969 Red Sox -125
#970 Indians 8
7:10pm
View Pick
#971 Royals 9
#972 Tigers -115
7:10pm
View Pick
#957 Phillies 8.5
#958 Braves -135
7:35pm
View Pick
#973 Mariners -125
#974 Rangers 10.5
8:05pm
View Pick
#975 Angels 8
#976 Astros -210
8:10pm
View Pick
#959 Giants 7.5
#960 Cardinals -145
8:15pm
View Pick
#961 Rockies 7.5
#962 Diamondbacks -130
9:40pm
View Pick
#977 Twins
#978 A's
10:05pm
View Pick
#963 Padres 7.5
#964 Dodgers -250
10:10pm
View Pick
Saturday, Sep 22
NCAAF
#311 Zips 50.5
#312 Cyclones -19.5
12:00pm
View Pick
#361 Cornhuskers 49.5
#362 Wolverines -18.5
12:00pm
View Pick
#403 Bulldogs -14
#404 Tigers 63.5
12:00pm
View Pick
#373 Midshipmen -5.5
#374 Mustangs 67
12:00pm
View Pick
#365 Golden Flashes
#366 Rebels
12:00pm
View Pick
#319 Golden Gophers 49
#320 Terrapins -1.5
12:00pm
View Pick
#351 Bulls -5.5
#352 Scarlet Knights 57
12:00pm
View Pick
#345 Wolf Pack 66.5
#346 Rockets -10.5
12:00pm
View Pick
#343 Fighting Irish -7.5
#344 Demon Deacons 55.5
12:00pm
View Pick
#339 Bobcats 59
#340 Bearcats -8
12:00pm
View Pick
#323 Eagles -7
#324 Boilermakers 65
12:00pm
View Pick
#329 Panthers -3
#330 Tar Heels 47.5
12:20pm
View Pick
#347 Cardinals 51
#348 Cavaliers -4
12:30pm
View Pick
#349 Broncos -7.5
#350 Panthers 62.5
2:00pm
View Pick
#321 Hilltoppers 50
#322 Cardinals -2.5
3:00pm
View Pick
#333 Redhawks -6.5
#334 Falcons 58
3:00pm
View Pick
#327 Panthers
#328 Hurricanes
3:30pm
View Pick
#331 Huskies 44.5
#332 Seminoles -12
3:30pm
View Pick
#335 Green Wave
#336 Buckeyes
3:30pm
View Pick
#337 Tigers -16
#338 Yellow Jackets 52.5
3:30pm
View Pick
#363 Wildcats 60
#364 Mountaineers -14.5
3:30pm
View Pick
#385 Jayhawks 59
#386 Bears -7
3:30pm
View Pick
#399 Hokies
#400 Monarchs
3:30pm
View Pick
#405 Aggies
#406 Crimson Tide
3:30pm
View Pick
#315 49ers 60.5
#316 Minutemen -7.5
3:30pm
View Pick
#387 Gamecocks -2.5
#388 Commodores 53.5
4:00pm
View Pick
#325 Huskies
#326 Orange
4:00pm
View Pick
#353 Wildcats -6.5
#354 Beavers 75.5
4:00pm
View Pick
#379 Horned Frogs -3
#380 Longhorns 52.5
4:30pm
View Pick
#401 Mean Green -12.5
#402 Flames 65
6:00pm
View Pick
#381 Black Knights
#382 Sooners
7:00pm
View Pick
#359 Bulldogs -9
#360 Wildcats 54
7:00pm
View Pick
#395 Bobcats 53
#396 Roadrunners -7
7:00pm
View Pick
#383 Bulldogs 51.5
#384 Tigers -20
7:00pm
View Pick
#397 Trojans -4.5
#398 Warhawks 62
7:00pm
View Pick
#377 Rebels 68
#378 Red Wolves -7.5
7:00pm
View Pick
#375 Chanticleers 65.5
#376 Ragin Cajuns -4
7:00pm
View Pick
#371 Red Raiders 79.5
#372 Cowboys -14
7:00pm
View Pick
#367 Owls 59
#368 Golden Eagles -14
7:00pm
View Pick
#357 Gators -4.5
#358 Volunteers 49
7:00pm
View Pick
#313 Wolfpack -5.5
#314 Thundering Herd 54.5
7:00pm
View Pick
#317 Spartans -6
#318 Hoosiers 48
7:30pm
View Pick
#369 Razorbacks
#370 Tigers
7:30pm
View Pick
#393 Aggies -3.5
#394 Miners 52
7:30pm
View Pick
#341 Pirates 63.5
#342 Bulls -20
8:00pm
View Pick
#355 Cardinal -2.5
#356 Ducks 55
8:00pm
View Pick
#389 Jaguars
#390 Tigers
8:00pm
View Pick
#407 Badgers -3
#408 Hawkeyes 44
8:30pm
View Pick
#391 Falcons 63.5
#392 Aggies -10.5
10:15pm
View Pick
#411 Eagles 47
#412 Aztecs -12
10:30pm
View Pick
#409 Sun Devils 50
#410 Huskies -17.5
10:30pm
View Pick
MLB
#915 Orioles
#916 Yankees
4:05pm
View Pick
#917 Rays
#918 Blue Jays
4:05pm
View Pick
#927 Twins
#928 A's
9:05pm
View Pick
#913 Padres
#914 Dodgers
9:10pm
View Pick
Sunday, Sep 23
NFL
#461 Colts 48.5
#462 Eagles -6.5
1:00pm
View Pick
#463 Bengals 44
#464 Panthers -3
1:00pm
View Pick
#465 Titans 39.5
#466 Jaguars -6.5
1:00pm
View Pick
#467 Saints 52.5
#468 Falcons -3
1:00pm
View Pick
#469 Broncos 44
#470 Ravens -5
1:00pm
View Pick
#471 Giants 44
#472 Texans -6
1:00pm
View Pick
#473 Raiders 44
#474 Dolphins -3
1:00pm
View Pick
#475 Packers -3
#476 Redskins 47.5
1:00pm
View Pick
#477 Bills
#478 Vikings
1:00pm
View Pick
#479 49ers 54.5
#480 Chiefs -6.5
1:00pm
View Pick
#481 Chargers 48
#482 Rams -7
4:05pm
View Pick
#483 Bears -5.5
#484 Cardinals 40
4:25pm
View Pick
#485 Cowboys 44.5
#486 Seahawks -1.5
4:25pm
View Pick
#487 Patriots -6.5
#488 Lions 50
8:20pm
View Pick
Monday, Sep 24
NFL
#489 Steelers -1
#490 Buccaneers 51
8:15pm
View Pick