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NFL Pick – Kansas City Chiefs vs Los Angeles Chargers

Big AFC West Division Matchup

Our Chiefs vs Chargers pick for Sunday, September 20, 2020 has Kansas City at -8.5 (-109). The Chargers are listed at +9.0 (-105). KC won their first game of the 2020 season, beating the Houston Texans 34-20.

In their initial game of the new season, the Chargers eked out a 16-13 win against the Cincinnati Bengals. This game will be played at the Chargers’ new venue, SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:25 pm ET.

Kansas City vs Los Angeles Pick – Offenses

KC quarterback Patrick Mahomes had a stellar first game. He completed 24 of 32 passes and tossed three scoring passes. In that game, three separate receivers caught scoring passes, WRs Sammy Watkins and Tyreek Hill and TE Travis Kelce. Rookie RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire rushed for 138 yards on 25 attempts. Edwards-Helaire, who scored one TD, averaged 5.5 YPA.

In his initial game of the 2020 season, QB Tyrod Taylor struggled, completing just 16 of 30 passes (53.3%). He did not toss a TD nor did he put up a pick. Taylor will be looking to connect with tight end Hunter Henry (8 REC) and wideouts Mike Williams (9 REC) and Keenan Allen (8 REC). Look for the Chargers to utilize running backs Austin Ekeler (19 ATT, 84 YDs, 4.4 AVG, 0 TDs) and Joshua Kelley (12 ATT, 60 YDs, 5.0 AVG, 1 TD). To have a shot in this game, the Chargers need their rush attack to work. Even if that does occur, LA will still have a tough time winning without an air attack. Taylor must be effective in this game.

Chiefs vs Chargers Spread Pick – Defenses

In their first game, the Chiefs notched four sacks, three TFL, and one INT. Top performers in that contest included safety L’Jarius Sneed (2 PD, 1 INT), DT Chris Jones (1.5 SKs, 0.5 TFL), and LB Anthony Hitchens (4 TKLs, 4 AST). Overall, this is a solid defense. However, at times their secondary can breakdown.

Against the Bengals, the LA Chargers notched three sacks and 6.5 TFL while grabbing one pick and defending three passes. CB Casey Hayward Jr. led the team with a dozen solo tackles, while LB Kenneth Murray Jr. was good for four solo bring-downs and four AST. DE Joey Bosa and LB Uchenna Nwosu were key in the victory. Bosa posted five tackles, one sack, and two TFL while Nwosu was good for four total tackles, one sack, and one TFL.

Kansas City vs Los Angeles Pick – Final Word

Our Chiefs vs Chargers pick likes KC at -8.5. We don’t expect the LA defense to perform against the Chiefs in the same manner they did versus the Bengals. Plus, we expect that the Chiefs’ D will be successful in stopping both the Charger ground and air attacks. Finally, in their last 10 games with the Chargers, Kansas City is 9-1 and 7-3 ATS. Take KC. Also, be sure to catch our Panthers and Buccaneers betting preview.

Kansas City Chiefs vs Los Angeles Chargers Summary

Kansas City Chiefs at -8.5 (-109)

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Paul has been writing about sports betting and sports for more than a decade, offering picks on the NFL, MLB, NHL, and NBA, as well as on college sports and European football. He's written thousands of season and post-season previews, innumerable articles on sports betting strategies, and various books on sports and sports betting.

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