San Diego @ Kansas City
By Tony George
Kansas City -4.5 versus San Diego – Total 42.5 to 43
Kansas City returns home with their tail between their legs somewhat after getting schooled by Peyton Manning and the Bronco’s on Sunday Night, but no one is complaining in KC as the Chiefs sit at 9-1 on the year, a vast improvement from last year’s 2 win season and total debacle. The offense of Kansas City was exposed last Sunday, as I have said all year they were below average, but the Chiefs made it respectable and prove they are a Top 7 team in the NFL, and of course we all know KC is a different animal at Arrowhead, one of the toughest Venues in the NFL to play in outside of Seattle and New Orleans. Kansas City’s vaunted defense never got to Manning last week and were called out by the national media, and Philip Rivers should take notice they want some atonement for that this Sunday at home in front of a sold out crowd.
The Chargers are still inventing ways to lose even without Norv Turner screwing it up, and another down to the last play again last week against Miami before losing. The Chargers have a running game with Matthews, and QB Rivers not quite as bad at turning it over in years past is having a decent year. Neither team is going to light up the scoreboard on a very cold Sunday in Kansas City this Sunday and one has to look at the scheduling spot here for both teams. Last Week the Chargers traveled east to Miami and now travel to Arrowhead licking their wounds. Kansas City off a emotional and heartbreaking loss to Denver, and they have those same Bronco’s on deck at Arrowhead next week. A dangerous spot for both teams.
The Chargers have made it their identity to get into last minute type games where they lose inside of the final minute like Houston to open the season, at Tennessee, at Washington and last week had a shot in the end zone on the last play at Miami and they hang around in every game including against Denver 2 weeks ago. This is going to be a battle for both these teams and I like the KC’s defense at home to get it done in a tight one. I would lean the Points and the Chargers here on a side play but the value in some tough cold weather with KC’s offense in a funk, is in the totals play. 14-10, 17-13 type ballgame.
UNDER 42 Kansas City – San Diego