The Football Gods smiled upon us all by convincing the NFL to flex out Sunday Night Football odds games this week. Out are the Steelers and Bengals, replaced by the Kansas City Chiefs vs the Los Angeles Chargers.
The Chiefs are heading toward another AFC West title with three straight wins. Meanwhile, the Chargers are second in the division but, at 5-4, are not threatening the Chiefs for the lead.
The Chiefs are becoming increasingly dangerous each week, with Juju Smith-Schuster emerging as a top option for Patrick Mahomes. For most of the season, the Chiefs’ offense relied heavily on Travis Kelce. While that is still the case, Schuster’s underneath routes are becoming more common, with two 100+ yard games in the last four weeks. The bad news is that Schuster landed in concussion protocol and hasn’t been cleared yet to play.
That leaves the Chiefs limited on options for moving the chains. Wideouts Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Mecole Hardman were held out of practice on Wednesday along with running back Jerick McKinnon. If none can go, the Chiefs will be without their four most successful passing options behind Kelce. With a depleted offense, the Chargers’ defense could have a second good game in a row and keep the Chiefs from going off.
Keep an eye on wideout Kadarius Toney, who was traded to the Chiefs from the New York Giants a few weeks back. He caught four of five targets in his second game in KC last week with 57 yards and a touchdown. The Chiefs also got him involved on the ground with two attempts for 33 yards.
Chargers Ailing on Offense
It’s weird to say that a team looked good in a losing effort, but the Chargers impressed me last week versus the San Francisco 49ers. This is particularly true on defense, where the dangerous San Francisco offense was held to 22 points and a 2-for-5 mark in the red zone. Again, not enough for a win, but Brandon Staley’s defense finally looked good against a run-first offense. With the Chiefs’ specific injuries, aside from Kelce and Toney, the Chiefs may be forced to become a run-first offense in Week 11.
While the Chiefs are dealing with several injuries on offense, things may be even worse for LA. Nagging injuries are plaguing their best offensive players, including Keenan Allen, Mike Williams and DeAndre Carter.
With both offenses neutered thanks to lower-body injuries, it’s hard to imagine either team putting up big numbers on SNF odds.
Chiefs vs Chargers Game Injuries
Chiefs vs Chargers Head-to-Head
The Chiefs have won back-to-back games against LA and hold a 14-3 lead in the last 17 meetings. KC already holds a 27-24 win over LA this season, but the Chargers covered as +4 underdogs.
Chiefs vs Chargers Game Information
- Game: Chiefs vs Chargers
- Date: Sunday, Nov. 20
- Time: 8:20 p.m. ET
- Location: SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, CA
- How to watch Chiefs vs Chargers? CBS
Chiefs vs Chargers Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
Chiefs vs Chargers Betting Lines
Chiefs vs Chargers Picks & Prediction
With injuries stacking up for both offenses, I can see a world where this game falls well under the total. Ironic that the NFL moved mountains to get this game in the SNF spot, and it may end up being as slow as the game it replaced.
The total of 51 feels beatable in this spot, so long as only a few guys get healthy between now and Sunday.
Also, look for Toney to go over his receiving yards total as one of the only non-injured pass catchers on the roster.
The Kansas City Chiefs are listed at -260 in our Vegas NFL lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Chiefs, you have a chance to win $38. The Los Angeles Chargers are +210, offering a chance to win $210 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Chiefs a 72.22% chance to win, with the Chargers at 32.26%.
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