The Kansas City Chiefs had a tough one last week against the Baltimore Ravens. Spencer Ware had a decent day against one of the best run defences in the league (15 carries for 75 yards). But Patrick Mahomes had a great day against one of the league’s premier pass defences (377 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception).
The Chargers have a very good pass defence (tenth; 231 yards/game). But if the No. 2 pass defence can’t slow down Mahomes, why believe the No. 10 one can?
Easy—because the Chargers are going to have a much better offence helping them out than the Ravens had. Philip Rivers is having a great season. They will likely lose Austin Ekeler to an injury, but they could get Melvin Gordon back.
The Chargers offence could do one of two things—eat up the clock with long, sustained drives and keep Mahomes off the field or match the Chiefs score for score. But that would mean whoever has the ball last could end up the winner.
But with the game being on Thursday, it would not be shocking if the Chiefs were minus Tyreek Hill for this one (advantage Chargers).
Spread: Chiefs by 3.5
Patrick Mahomes is an unstoppable force, but the Chargers have the talent to keep this one close. So, take the Chargers and the points.
With two of the best quarterbacks in the game playing it is probably safe to take the over.
Money line: Chargers +150.00; Chiefs -181.82
The Chargers will make this one interesting, but it is hard to imagine their defence being able to stop Patrick Mahomes. Take the Chiefs to win.
*Odds via Betway.com
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