Thursday, December 13 at 8:20 PM ET
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The Los Angeles Chargers visit the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday Night Football in a game with huge AFC West and playoff seeding implications. The Chiefs have been one of the best teams in the league but the Chargers are just one game behind them and a win could put them in position for a first-round bye.
These two teams met in Week 1 and the Chargers lost 38-28 at home after trailing 31-12 entering the fourth quarter. Patrick Mahomes completed 15 of 27 passes for 256 yards and four touchdowns and Tyreek Hill caught seven passes for 169 receiving yards and two touchdowns for the Chiefs while Philip Rivers passed for 424 yards, the most by a Chargers quarterback in a season opener and three touchdowns but two turnovers led to Kansas City touchdowns.
Melvin Gordon's MCL sprain isn't as bad as the Chargers originally thought and he could be back on the field on Thursday. Gordon's backup Austin Ekeler, who has been dealing with stingers, aggravated the injury on Sunday and it will require further testing. The short week will make it tough for him to be ready.
Gordon and Ekeler have combined for 1,232 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns this season and both are averaging 5.2 yards per carry, so the run game could be seriously limited and tested. If both of them are unable to play against the Chiefs, the Chargers will turn to Justin Jackson, a seventh-round pick in this year's NFL Draft who has 127 rushing yards on 20 carries.
The Over is:
4-0 in Kansas City's last four games after accumulating more than 350 total yards in their previous game
4-1-1 in Kansas City's last six games overall
4-1-1 in Kansas City's last six games following a straight up win
4-1 in Kansas City's last five games following an ATS loss
The Chiefs are laying more than a field goal but this could be a close battle and a high-scoring contest, particularly if the Chargers are forced to rely on their passing game if Gordon and Ekeler can't go. The Chargers and the Chiefs are putting up healthy offensive numbers and they combined for 66 points in Week 1.
Patrick Mahomes is lighting up opposing defenses and the Kansas City defense hasn't been able to stop anyone, allowing 51 points to the Rams, 33 to the Raiders and 24 to the Ravens in their their last three games and the Chargers' offensive efficiency has been incredible, ranking sixth in the NFL with 390.8 total yards and fifth with 28.2 points per game.
NFL Pick: Over 55 (-110) at Jazz Sports
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