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NFL Sunday San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs: Start Time, Odds, Free Pick


NFL Week 4 continues on Sunday and we will see the San Diego Chargers travel to Arrowhead Stadium to take on the Kansas City Chiefs. The game is scheduled for a 1:00 PM (Eastern) start time and it will be televised live on CBS. Currently the odds for the game have San Diego favored by 1 point, while the total sits at 44.5. Currently 69% of the Public is on San Diego, while 71% is on the Over. Find out what side the Public is taking on all the games by clicking HERE.                                                                                                                    

Free Analysis: San Diego notched a convincing 38-10 win over the visiting Tennessee Titans on Sept. 16, but were dominated this past weekend in a 27-3 loss at the hands of the Atlanta Falcons. The Chargers turned the ball over four times, including a big fumble by running back Ryan Mathews in his season debut, and trailed 20-0 at halftime. Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan diced San Diego's secondary for three touchdown passes. Quarterback Philip Rivers was intercepted twice and threw for only 173 yards, his lowest output since the final game of the 2009 season. Rivers will also look to take better care of the ball as he makes his 100th straight start. He needs just 27 passing yards to become the 63rd quarterback in NFL history, and third with the Chargers, go reach 25,000 in a career. Wide receiver Malcom Floyd, who leads the Chargers with 13 receptions and 227 yards, will play in his first game since signing a three-year extension on Wednesday. He is the only other receiver this year to catch a TD pass from Rivers other than Rosario, who has three. Floyd has a touchdown catch in four of San Diego's last six games, while tight end Antonio Gates has 12 career scoring grabs versus the Chiefs. Gates became the fifth tight end in league history to reach 600 career receptions last weekend. The Chargers rushing defense has been solid as they rank fourth in the NFL with just 67.3 yards allowed per game on the ground. In fact, the fourth- quarter touchdown the unit allowed to Atlanta's Michael Turner on Sunday was the first rushing score it had given up all season. Linebacker Shaun Phillips has 6 1/2 career sacks against the Chiefs, while safety Eric Weddle has nabbed three interceptions in his last two against them.

Kansas City joins the Oakland Raiders and Denver Broncos as 1-2 clubs in the AFC West and looking up at 2-1 San Diego. The Kansas City Chiefs didn't look much like AFC West contenders during the first half of their game last weekend. However, following the largest comeback in franchise history, the Chiefs have a chance to make some early noise in the division this Sunday. Running back Jamaal Charles sparked the 18-point rally with a franchise-record 91-yard touchdown run with 5:18 to go in the third and Kansas City rattled off another 11 points in the fourth to force overtime. Ryan Succop hit his fifth field goal of the game to force the extra frame and then drilled a 31-yarder in overtime for a 27-24 victory that finished off the comeback. Charles put behind him all hesitation associated with coming back from a torn ACL in his left knee, an injury that kept him out of all but two games last year, versus the Saints. Sparked by his long touchdown run, Charles ran for 233 yards, his second career game with at least 230 on the ground behind only his club-record 259-yard performance. Charles' effort elevated the Chiefs to the top running game in the league with 191.7 yards per game. Charles helped Kansas City rack up 510 yards of offense versus the Saints, the club's highest performance since 524 yards gained on Jan. 3, 2010 versus the Denver Broncos. That contest featured Charles' 259-yard outing. Keeping teams off the scoreboard has not been easy for the Chiefs, who are yielding 33 points per game (28th in the league) and an average of 6.2 yards per play. One strength is the outside linebacking tandem of Justin Houston and Tamba Hali. Houston matched a career high with three sacks last weekend, giving him 9 1/2 in his last eight games, and added four QB pressures and two passes defensed. Hali hasn't gotten to the quarterback yet this season, but has 26 1/5 sacks over the previous two campaigns.

Turner's club figures to face a tight battle on Sunday as 46 of the all-time meetings between the Chargers and Chiefs have been decided by seven points or less. Both teams picked up a home victory in the 2011 series by three points, with Kansas City winning in overtime.

Free Pick: I like the Bolts in this one, mainly due to their defense, which is far better than that of the Chiefs.  Kansas City is 16th in total defense (347 ypg allowed), but 28th in points allowed (33 ppg). Not very good at all. The Chargers offense has been held in check in 2 of their three games, but this team has way too much offensive talent to be kept down for too long. Ryan Mathews will be making his second start of the year and he will only get better in the coming weeks. For Kansas City, they are all about running the ball as they are tops in that department at 191.7 ypg, but year in and year out the Chargers have been stout at stopping the run, allowing just 67.3 ypg (4th in league). The Chargers defense is much better than the Chiefs and they will make Cassell beat them, which is something that he isn’t accustomed to be asked to do. The Chargers offense will only be better now that Mathews has a game under his belt. San Diego bounces back from last week’s tough loss.

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