Los Angeles Chargers vs Kansas City Chiefs (By: JotTeWe)
The Chiefs are travelling to LA on their first match of the new NFL season. They will face the Chargers in what is supposed to be one very entertaining game.
The procedure is the same every year: I buy the game pass and have then to decide which match I wanne see. It's an easy decision when my favorite team is on the field, but there's at least one more game to be watched. Most of the time, I try to pick the one that I assume to be the most offensive one (I like TDs...). This week, it will be this one.
The Chiefs traded Pro Bowl QB Alex Smith to the redskins to acquire CB Kendall Fuller and a pick in next years Draft. It was a value-trade for them, since they drafted Partick Mahomes II a year before and want to use him as starting QB anyway. After the departure of highly-talented CB Markus Peters (actually to LA, but to the Rams) they stuffed a hole in their defence with the 2016 3rd round pick.
Well... At least their D didn't get worse. The Chiefs are a high scoring team. This includes their respective enemy, unfortunately. They finished the 2017 camapign with an OK record (10-6), which was enough to win their division Yet, they were ranked 28th in total defence, only 3 teams conceded more yards vs pass and rush.
In fact, KC just won so many games because their offense is awesome. Standouts like Kareem Hunt (Rookie of the Year), Tyreek Hill (WR /Return specialist), TE-god Travis Kelce or newly acquired high-speed receiver Sammy Watkins are a whole lot of weapons for the Chiefs. Theirs OL is quite good, giving young QB Mahomes some time. He might be the right QB for Watkins, who never lived up to the hype.
And never forget that HC Andi Reid is one of the best skilled QB coaches in the league!
Mahoes has great and rare talent, his arm strength is phenomenal (that's why the tandem Mahomes / Watkins might work). His biggest problem is his self confidence. He has a lot of it and makes bad decisions just because he seems to think "Well, IF somewone can fit the ball into this tight coverage, it's me". I see some turnovers just because (veteran) defensive backs will trap him all day long.
If he stays patient and agile, the Chiefs will once again be an high-scoring team this season.
On the other side, there's Philip Rivers. He's 36 right now and still loves to play power football. The chargers are throwing the ball almost 60% of the time, and they are succesful. Last year, rivers postet 28 TD while being intercepted just 10 times. His passer rating didn't drop below 88 in the last 10 years. He's cool.
Rivers will do what Rivers does best: Throw the ball. His experience will help him to exploit any defensive weaknesses of the opponent. He is always good for a big play and loves to test the defenses ogf the league with deep throws. His WRs are good to great fits for him, as is 4th year RB Melvin Gordon, who loves to catch passes quite as much as rushing through the DL. Good for him, since the Cargers aren't too committed to the run.
LAs Defence is surprisingly good, yet there is a chance that standout Joey Bosa will miss the first game due to injury. Without his edge rushing abilities, it will be even harder to stop Mahomes. On the other hand, the Chiefs will have troube to stop Rivers.
We will see points, points and points in this on. I'm going for the OVER 47,5 total points option here and hope that this match will indeed be entertaining.
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Los Angeles Chargers vs Kansas City Chiefs predictions
|OVER 47,5||Bet365||1.83||8||28-38 WON (+6.64 units)|
Los Angeles Chargers vs Kansas City Chiefs betting preview represents the personal opinion of the author (JotTeWe).