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NFL Betting Preview: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Los Angeles Chargers

The Los Angeles Chargers (1-0) are 5.5-point underdogs in a road AFC West matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs (1-0) on Sunday, September 20, 2020 SoFi Stadium. The over/under is set at 51.5 for the game.

Game Info

  • Game Day: Sunday, September 20, 2020
  • Game Time: 4:25 PM ET
  • TV Channel: CBS
  • Location: Inglewood, CA
  • Stadium: SoFi Stadium
  • Chiefs Players to Watch

  • Last year, Patrick Mahomes II totaled 4,031 passing yards (287.9 yards per game) while going 319-for-484 (65.9% completion percentage) and throwing 26 touchdowns and five interceptions in 14 games. He added 218 rushing yards on 43 carries with two touchdowns, averaging 15.6 yards per game.
  • In 2019, Darrel Williams ran for 141 yards on 41 carries (11.8 ypg), with three rushing touchdowns over the course of 12 games.
  • Travis Kelce hauled in 97 passes for 1,229 yards last season while scoring five touchdowns. He was targeted 136 times and averaged 76.8 yards per game over 16 outings.
  • Tyreek Hill tacked on 860 yards on 58 catches with seven touchdowns. He was targeted 88 times and put up 71.7 receiving yards per game over 12 matchups last year.
  • Over 14 games in 2019, Sammy Watkins caught 52 passes on 90 targets for 673 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 48.1 receiving yards per game.
  • Last season, Chris Jones put up nine sacks, 8.0 TFL and 36 tackles in 13 games.
  • In 15 games over the course of his 2019 campaign, Anthony Hitchens racked up 89 tackles, 4.0 TFL, and two sacks.
  • Tyrann Mathieu picked off four passes while adding 74 tackles, 3.0 TFL, two sacks, and 13 passes defended over 16 games a season ago.
  • Chargers Players to Watch

  • Tyrod Taylor recorded 33 passing yards (4.1 yards per game) with a 66.7% completion percentage last year (4-of-6), while throwing one touchdown and zero interceptions in eight games.
  • In 2019, Justin Jackson ran for 200 yards on 29 carries (28.6 ypg), with zero rushing touchdowns over the course of seven games.
  • Last season, Keenan Allen grabbed 104 passes (on 150 targets) for 1,199 yards (74.9 yards per game) with six touchdowns in 16 games.
  • Mike Williams chipped in with 1,001 yards on 49 grabs with two touchdowns. He was targeted 90 times and averaged 66.7 receiving yards per game over 15 matchups last year.
  • Austin Ekeler caught 92 passes on 108 targets for 993 yards and eight touchdowns, averaging 62.1 yards per game in 16 contests in 2019.
  • Joey Bosa had a strong body of work a year ago, registering 11.5 sacks, 17.0 TFL and 66 tackles over 16 games.
  • In 16 games over the course of his 2019 campaign, Nick Vigil totaled 108 tackles, 3.0 TFL, one sack, and one interception.
  • Rayshawn Jenkins intercepted three passes and tacked on 52 tackles, 2.0 TFL, and four passes defended in 16 games last season.
  • Chiefs vs Chargers: Last 5 Meetings

  • Against Los Angeles, Kansas City has totaled four wins over the past five meetings.
  • Los Angeles has put up 43 fewer points than Kansas City in their past five contests.
  • Chiefs vs Chargers: Last Five Meetings
    Date Home Team Total Yards Result
    12/29/2019 Chiefs 366-336 LAC 31-21 KC
    11/18/2019 Chargers 438-310 LAC 24-17 KC
    12/13/2018 Chiefs 407-294 LAC 29-28 LAC
    9/9/2018 Chargers 541-362 LAC 38-28 KC
    12/16/2017 Chiefs 397-307 KC 30-13 KC

    When the Chiefs have the ball...

  • The Chiefs put an average of 28.2 points per game on the scoreboard last season, 6.6 more than the 21.6 the Chargers surrendered in each contest.
  • In games where Kansas City scored at least 28.2 points last season, they put together a record of 6-1.
  • When the Los Angeles defense allowed 21.6 points or fewer last year, the Chargers put together a 4-2 record.
  • The Chiefs held a 65.9-yard advantage in total yards gained versus total yards allowed compared to the Chargers defense last season (379 to 313.1).
  • When the Kansas City offense put together a game with at least their 2019 average in yardage, they were 5-1 last season.
  • When the Los Angeles defense allowed less than their season average for total yards last season they were 3-4.
  • The Chiefs averaged 98.1 yards per game on the ground last season, 14.7 yards fewer than the Chargers allowed to opposing rushing attacks (112.8).
  • Kansas City was 7-0 last season when they ran for at least their season average.
  • Last season, when the Los Angeles defense allowed opponents to pick up less than 112.8 yards on the ground, they were 3-6.
  • Last season, the Chargers forced an average of 0.9 turnovers per game compared to the 0.9 times Chiefs turned the football over in each contest.
  • In games where they didn't turn the football over, Kansas City was 5-0 last season.
  • Los Angeles was 2-9 last season when they forced at least 0.9 turnovers in a game.
  • When the Chargers have the ball...

  • The Chargers scored just 1.9 more points per game last year (21.1) than the Chiefs allowed (19.2).
  • Los Angeles went 4-1 in games when it recorded at least 21.1 points last season.
  • Last season, Kansas City had a 6-1 record in games when it held opponents to 28.2 or fewer points.
  • In 2019, the Chargers averaged only 17.8 more yards per game (367.4), than the Chiefs gave up per matchup (349.6).
  • Kansas City's record last season when they racked up at least their season average in total yards: 5-1.
  • Kansas City recorded a 7-1 record last year when holding its opponents to 349.6 yards or less.
  • Last season, the Chargers ran for 37.4 fewer yards per game (90.8) than the Chiefs allowed per contest (128.2).
  • Last year, Los Angeles had a 3-5 record in games the team ran for at least 90.8 yards.
  • When Kansas City limited its opponents to 128.2 rushing yards or less last season, it went 9-1.
  • The Chargers turned the ball over 1.9 times per game last year, only 0.5 more turnovers per game than the 1.4 the Chiefs forced on average.
  • In 2019, Los Angeles went 4-3 when it turned the ball over 1.9 times or less.
  • Kansas City compiled a 6-1 record when it forced at least 1.4 turnovers last season.
  • Chiefs Fantasy Leaders

  • Mahomes ended the season eighth overall among all players and seventh among all QBs in 2019 with 287.0 fantasy points (20.5 per game).
  • Kelce put up total 157.3 fantasy points last season (9.8 per game), which made him the 60th-ranked player overall and the top-ranked tight end.
  • Last year, Hill averaged 10.9 fantasy points per game on the way to 130.3 total fantasy points. That made him the 88th-ranked fantasy player overall and the 28th-ranked wide receiver.
  • Mecole Hardman was the 128th-ranked fantasy player -- and the 49th-ranked wide receiver -- in 2019 with 93.5 fantasy points. He averaged 5.8 fantasy points per game.
  • Chargers Fantasy Leaders

  • Ekeler put together a solid 2019 fantasy season, scoring 217.0 total fantasy points (13.6 per game) to finish 30th overall and seventh among running backs in the league-wide fantasy rankings.
  • Last year, Allen finished as the 59th-ranked fantasy player overall and the 11th-ranked wide receiver. He put up 157.5 fantasy points, averaging 9.8 per game.
  • Mike Williams was the 37th-best wide receiver and the 105th-best fantasy player overall with 112.3 fantasy points last season, averaging 7.5 per game.
  • Hunter Henry's 2019 fantasy rankings saw him finish as the No. 126 player overall and the No. 8 tight end after he scored 95.2 fantasy points (7.9 per game).
  • Betting Information

    Chiefs vs Chargers Betting Information
    Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
    Chiefs -5.5 -110 -110 51.5 -110 -110 -380 300

    Chiefs Betting Insights

  • Last year, Kansas City's games went below the point total in seven out of 14 opportunities (50%).
  • Kansas City had a losing 8-6 record against the spread last year.
  • Last season, the Chiefs covered more games than they didn't when playing as 5.5-point or more favorites, finishing 5-4 ATS in those situations.
  • Chiefs Road Trends

  • Kansas City finished 4-2 against the spread in away games last year, and went 7-1 overall on the road.
  • The Chiefs had an even 2-2 ATS record when favored by at least 5.5 points on the road last season.
  • Kansas City hit the over in just 25% of its away games last year (two of eight opportunities).
  • The average total in Chiefs away games last season was 47.5 points, 4.0 fewer than this contest's over/under (51.5).
  • Chargers Betting Insights

  • Los Angeles had a losing 4-9-1 record against the spread last year.
  • The Chargers went just 1-3 ATS last season when an underdog by at least 5.5 points.
  • Los Angeles' games went under 51.5 points in eight out of 14 opportunities last season (57.1%).
  • Chargers Home Trends

  • Los Angeles hit the over just one time in eight opportunities at home last year (12.5%).
  • Chargers home games last season averaged 42.9 total points, 8.6 fewer than this contest's over/under (51.5).
  • Los Angeles finished with just a 1-6 record against the spread at home last year, and went 2-6 overall in home games.
  • The Chargers put together just a 0-3 ATS record when playing as at least a 5.5-point underdog in home games last season.
  • Additional Info

  • The average point total in Chiefs matchups last season was 47.4, 4.1 fewer points than this game's over/under.
  • Chargers contests last year had a 42.6-point average over/under, 8.9 fewer points than this game's total.
  • Six of Kansas City's games went over 51.5 points last season (37.5% of matchups).
  • Los Angeles' games went over 51.5 points two times last year (12.5% of matchups).
  • The two teams combined to score 49.3 points per contest last season, 2.2 fewer points than this game's total.
  • Combined, these teams gave up 40.8 points per contest last year, 10.7 fewer points than the over/under for this game.
  • Injury Report

    Chiefs: Khalen Saunders: Out (Elbow), Alex Okafor: Out (Hamstring), Charvarius Ward: Out (Hand)
    Chargers: Justin Jackson: Doubtful (Quadricep)

    Last Updated on 2020-9-20 2:18 a.m. EDT

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