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NFL : ATS Matchup
Sunday 9/9/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore




KANSAS CITY (10 - 7) at LA CHARGERS (9 - 7)
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Week 1 Sunday, 9/9/2018 4:05 PM
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469KANSAS CITY47.548.5
470LA CHARGERS-3-3.5
KANSAS CITY - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games10-7-6.610-78-925.613.0372.5(6.4)0.621.29.5367.0(5.8)1.6
Road Games4-4-3.14-45-327.714.7407.7(7)0.925.512.4389.2(5.8)1.0
Last 3 Games2-1-1.72-11-225.718.3369.3(6)0.719.78.7359.3(6.1)2.3
Grass Games9-4-1.79-46-725.913.6356.5(6)0.519.78.0360.6(6)2.1
Division Games5-1+3.85-13-327.715.7366.0(6.2)0.818.77.2351.7(5.6)3.0
KANSAS CITY - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)25.613.020.130:4325-116(4.7)23-3467.2%256(7.6)59-372(6.4)(14.5)
Opponents Defensive Avg.
Offense Road Games27.714.721.130:1324-127(5.2)24-3470.0%280(8.2)59-408(7)(14.7)
Defense (All Games)21.29.522.129:4628-123(4.4)20-3557.2%244(6.9)63-367(5.8)(17.3)
Opponents Offensive Avg.2110.519.330:1227-109(4.1)22-3561.9%229(6.6)62-338(5.5)(16.1)
Defense Road Games25.512.424.630:4731-121(3.9)21-3756.9%268(7.3)68-389(5.8)(15.3)
KANSAS CITY - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 13-541.4%1-152.9%2-32(19.3)2-11(6.7)7-54
Opponents Avg. Stats For0.90.61.5 14-538.8%1-043.7%2-40(20.9)15-2(7.6)7-57
Stats Against (Road Games) 13-643.5%1-160.0%2-36(20.7)1-10(7.6)6-57

LA CHARGERS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games9-7+1.68-64-1222.211.7376.6(6)0.917.08.1328.4(5.5)1.7
Home Games5-3+1.14-42-625.616.6397.5(6.4)0.615.78.2321.6(5.7)1.7
Last 3 Games2-1+11-10-319.011.0393.7(6.1)1.315.76.7342.7(6)1.7
Grass Games6-6-0.76-53-922.713.3366.7(5.9)
Division Games3-3+0.23-21-518.710.7327.7(5.4)1.517.310.2315.0(5.7)1.5
LA CHARGERS - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)22.211.721.130:2126-100(3.8)23-3662.8%277(7.6)63-377(6)(17)
Opponents Defensive Avg.22.31119.430:0827-110(4.1)21-3462.0%228(6.7)61-338(5.5)(15.1)
Offense Home Games25.616.622.630:4125-102(4)24-3765.0%296(8)62-397(6.4)(15.5)
Defense (All Games)
Opponents Offensive Avg.2110.41930:0827-112(4.2)21-3562.0%224(6.5)61-336(5.5)(16)
Defense Home Games15.78.216.629:1826-127(4.9)19-3161.5%195(6.3)57-322(5.7)(20.4)
LA CHARGERS - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 14-538.9%1-030.0%3-72(25)3-20(6.7)7-62
Opponents Avg. Stats For0.90.61.5 14-538.2%1-043.6%2-45(21.5)14-2(7.1)7-59
Stats Against (Home Games) 13-536.9%2-023.1%3-73(24.2)2-16(6.9)7-59
Average power rating of opponents played: KANSAS CITY 18.9,  LA CHARGERS 19
KANSAS CITY - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/9/2018@ LA CHARGERS            
9/16/2018@ PITTSBURGH            
9/23/2018SAN FRANCISCO            
10/1/2018@ DENVER            

LA CHARGERS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/9/2018KANSAS CITY            
9/16/2018@ BUFFALO            
9/23/2018@ LA RAMS            
9/30/2018SAN FRANCISCO            
KANSAS CITY: Despite QB Alex Smith's career year, head coach Andy Reid is moving forward with 2017 first-round draft pick QB Pat Mahomes under center. Mahomes is far less conservative than Smith and profiles as a risk-taker with a cannon arm. He's surrounded by explosive playmakers in WR Tyreek Hill, TE Travis Kelce, RB Kareem Hunt and newly-acquired WR Sammy Watkins. It will be a much different (and probably more entertaining) Chiefs offense. Coordinator Bob Sutton's bend-don't-break defense tries to limit big plays at the expense of lightening the box and allowing success in the running game. Mercurial CB Marcus Peters was traded away, but three-time All-Pro S Eric Berry is back after last year's Week 1, season-ending Achilles injury. Kendall Fuller (acquired in the Alex Smith trade) is one of the league's best slot CBs and DE Chris Jones is developing into a top-tier pass-rusher.
LA CHARGERS: The additions of former Dolphins C Mike Pouncey and 2017 second-round draft pick G Forrest Lamp (missed 2017 with a torn ACL) bolster L.A.'s only offensive weakness, its line. QB Philip Rivers calls and controls the game at the line of scrimmage and has a ton of skill-position talent to work with. The Bolts could not stop the run last season, leading to the signing of former Seahawks DT Brandon Mebane. The pass defense has an elite combination of pass-rushing and coverage abilities. CBs Casey Hayward and Trevor Williams were stellar last year, and the addition of first-round draft pick S Derwin James bolsters the secondary. Edge-rushers Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram combined for 23 sacks last year'they could be even more effective rushing the passer if they can worry less about compensating for a weak run-defending defensive interior.
Young vs. old at QB in Chargers-Chiefs matchup

The Kansas City Chiefs face many questions entering the 2018 season, but when it comes to the readiness of quarterback Patrick Mahomes to assume command of the team's offense, head coach Andy Reid has no doubts.

"I like his approach to the game," Reid said. "He's given himself an opportunity to be successful is what he's doing, and he's just got to go do it."

All eyes should focus on Mahomes in Week 1 as the Chiefs travel to Los Angeles to face the Chargers on Sunday. The matchup of what many believe are the top two contenders for the AFC West title provides the winner with a crucial leg up in a battle that came down to Week 16 a year ago.

With all the changes in the division, the Chargers look like the Rock of Gibraltar.

That is especially true at quarterback with Philip Rivers setting sail on his 15th season as he continues to climb the NFL's all-time lists in nearly every passing category. Combine him with a prudent running game led by Melvin Gordon and targets that include Pro Bowler Keenan Allen and recently signed Antonio Gates. It seems like a wealth of riches on that side of the ball.

The Chargers hope to pick right up where they left off after being one of the hottest teams to end last year by winning nine of their final 12 games. The Chargers know they blew a chance last year to reach the playoffs because of an 0-4 start. They are determined to start fast this year and it would be a bonus to also pin a loss on a division foe.

Meanwhile, the Chiefs have surrounded Mahomes with plenty of options on the field. Running back Kareem Hunt led the league in rushing a year ago and both receiver Tyreek Hill and tight end Travis Kelce topped 1,000 yards. That's just the fifth time in league history a team pulled off that trifecta. With wide receiver Sammy Watkins added to the group of playmakers, Mahomes should have plenty of offensive firepower.

He may need it, too. The defense ranked 29th against the pass and 25th against the run a year ago. A poor performance from the secondary in the preseason prompted the Chiefs to sign free-agent cornerback Orlando Scandrick. The club also placed safety Daniel Sorensen on injured reserve. Strong safety Eric Berry, who hasn't practiced since Aug. 11, might not play because of a sore heel.

Speaking of defense, the Chargers also have impact players there, especially on the line. Defensive ends Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram supply a challenge to opposing quarterbacks and some believe first-round pick Derwin James, a safety, will have multiple Pro Bowls in his future.

It's the run defense that needed attention and it has gotten plenty with new faces and a new intensity. So far so good, but there are few areas which will be watched more closely.

From a game-plan standpoint, the Chiefs ran all over the Chargers a season ago, piling up 363 yards in two easy victories. Establishing the run early would allow Mahomes to settle into the offensive game plan.

On defense, the Chiefs will try to force turnovers because Rivers should be able to move the ball and put up points on a banged-up secondary with plenty of question marks. If the Chiefs find themselves in a shootout, expect Mahomes to work outside the pocket and use his big arm to force the ball deep.

While Rivers will certainly look to attack the Kansas City pass defense, running with Gordon will be important. It's unknown how much impact Gates will have, considering he didn't sign until after the cut to 53 players. Los Angeles lost starting tight end Hunter Henry to a torn ACL in the preseasons.

General manager Tom Telesco said, "He's coming back for all the right reasons. He's not coming back to put up more statistics. He's not coming back to prove anything to anybody because he doesn't have to do that. He's coming back because he loves his teammates and I think he sees something special in this football team and he wants to be a part of it."

This game will be a big test for the Chargers as they try to get off to a good start.

Last Updated: 7/22/2019 7:47:51 AM EST

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