Week 1 Free ATS Betting Preview: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Los Angeles Chargers

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Head Coach Anthony Lynn and the Los Angeles Chargers are projected to win by a field goal when they take on Coach Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs at StubHub Center. Kickoff for this showdown is set for 4:05 p.m. ET and CBS is scheduled to televise the action.

Betting Preview: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Los Angeles Chargers

In this Sunday AFC game, Los Angeles has been tabbed as the favorite and is currently giving up 3 points. The Chiefs are also receiving +130 moneyline odds while the Chargers are -150. If one squad gets out in front early it will create a reasonable live betting scenario. Oddsmakers have set the over/under (O/U) at 47.5 points.

The Chargers finished 9-7 straight up (SU) in 2017 while the Chiefs went 10-7 last season. Against conference competition, the Chiefs were 8-4 SU while the Chargers were 6-6 SU versus American Football Conference teams. The Chiefs were 2-2 SU against teams out of conference and the Chargers were 3-1 SU against such franchises.

When taking the field against American Football Conference opponents, the Chiefs scored an average of 27.8 points and allowed 21.6 points per contest. Offensively, they produced 274.1 pass yards per game and 118.4 rush yards per game.

The Chargers offensive unit posted 20.5 points per game (against AFC teams) by averaging 265.8 pass yards and 96.5 rushing yards. The Chargers defense gave up 16.8 PPG to non-conference foes and 17.1 PPG to teams in conference.

It appears that the Chiefs ought to own the edge in all aspects of the ground game. Their running backs generated 4.7 yards per carry last season while their defense allowed 4.3 yards per rush attempt to opponents. The Chargers rushed for 3.8 yards per carry last year and gave up 4.9 YPC to opponents..

Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Chargers Free Betting Pick

SU Winner: Chargers, ATS Winner: Chiefs, O/U: Under

Betting Notes

  • Kansas City recorded 26 passing touchdowns last season.
  • Los Angeles threw for 28 passing touchdowns last season.
  • Kansas City created 12 rushing touchdowns last season.
  • Los Angeles put up 10 rushing touchdowns last season.
  • The Kansas City O-line allowed 37 sacks last season. Their defense created 31 sacks.
  • Chargers quarterbacks were sacked 18 times last year. Their defense sacked opposing signal-callers on 43 occasions.