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Chargers Chiefs Betting – Scrappy Chiefs Put Scare Into Chargers

Posted by Stan Simmons on 9/9/2010 4:07:15 PM

Kansas City’s online betting chances for this year aren’t that great, but they’re going to be a team that you shouldn’t turn your back on. San Diego is going to learn that in the second half of the Monday Night Football doubleheader when they head to Kansas City, where the Chiefs are going to make this game go down to the wire.

  • What: NFL betting
  • When: Monday, September 13th, 10:15 PM ET
  • Where: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO
  • Pick: Kansas City Chiefs +4.5

What’s On The Line

The Chargers will be out to show that they’re still the class of the AFC West, which they’ve won four years running and five of the last six overall. The Chiefs have a lot of young players on their team this year, but there are new coaches, and the talent is there, so they should be improved from last season’s 4-12 mark. San Diego’s offseason has been filled with turmoil, holdouts and legends leaving, and it’ll be interesting to see how they respond.

Offensive Matchups: Chargers Chiefs Betting

With receiver Vincent Jackson and tackle Marcus McNeill prepared to sit out the season because of holdouts, the Chargers have a couple of big holes to fill on offense. Someone has to protect Philip Rivers’ blind side up front, and Brandon Dombrowski has been hurt all week. As for Jackson, the Chargers have Malcolm Floyd, and they picked up Dallas castoff Patrick Crayton, but let’s be clear: neither of them are Vincent Jackson. Tight end Antonio Gates is still a beast, but he’ll get lots of double coverage. LaDainian Tomlinson is now gone, and rookie Ryan Mathews looks to be ready to step into the backfield along with Darren Sproles. It’s a much different offense in San Diego these days.

The Chiefs snagged Thomas Jones to join Jamaal Charles in the backfield, which should be the strength of the offense. Matt Cassel had an up-and-down first year in Kansas City, and the receiving duo of Dwayne Bowe and Chris Chambers doesn’t scare anyone. However, in rookie Dexter McCluster, the Chiefs have a dangerous weapon. He can run, catch, throw occasionally, and turn a small play into a big one. Look for new coordinator Charlie Weis to make McCluster a factor this season, as long as the line plays like they did in the second half of 2009.

Betting Edge: Chargers

Defensive Matchups: Chargers Chiefs Betting

San Diego’s defense got worked over pretty good against New Orleans in the third week of the preseason, and that could be a sign of things to come. Linebacker Shawne Merriman is obviously not the same player he once was, which hurts Shaun Phillips. The line is solid, but they’re not intimidating. The secondary, outside of cornerback Quentin Jammer, is questionable in both talent and depth.

Again, the Chiefs have a new coordinator in Romeo Crennel, and his first mission to sort out the defensive line. Former LSU teammates Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson need to validate their high draft selections, and if they do that, that frees up the linebackers to make plays. Veteran Mike Vrabel leads a group of improving linebackers, but the biggest difference could come at the back, where safety Eric Berry could be an NFL betting favorite for Defensive Rookie of the Year. He joins a very talented secondary featuring corners Brandon Carr and Brandon Flowers, and Javier Arenas could be a dangerous nickel corner. We’re not saying they’re better than San Diego here, but the talent is definitely there.

Betting Edge: Draw

Notable Injuries: Chargers Chiefs Betting

Dombrowski (neck/shoulders) and Merriman (Achilles) are both very questionable for this AFC West showdown.

The Chiefs enter this game with a clean bill of health, to their major players, anyway.

Betting Edge: Chiefs

Outlook and Pick: Chargers Chiefs Betting

NFL betting odds have the Chargers as a 4.5-point favorite on the road at Arrowhead Stadium, where they’ve won three in a row. The Chiefs have lost five straight to the Chargers overall, and they’re still too young to overtake them, but they could very well keep it to within a field goal. Two of the last four meetings have been decided by one point, and let’s face it, the Chargers aren’t as good as they were with Jackson and McNeill, which means they’re trying to figure some stuff out as well. The Chiefs are out to show they won’t be a pushover, and that’ll will keep them in this sports betting matchup.

Stan’s Pick: Kansas City Chiefs +4.5


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