Division rivalries are always that much more interesting but even familiarity and the competition for an AFC West title can’t do much to dress up this uneven NFL gambling matchup. When the Kansas City Chiefs host the San Diego Chargers in a Monday Night season Opener it would universe-altering event if the Chiefs were able to somehow pull off the upset.
Sand Diego has dominated this division for years and, on paper, is one of the most talented teams in the NFL. The Chiefs have been the exact opposite and are a sub .500 team at best. This game has all the makings of a blow out and the Chargers should win easily.
Kickoff for this Monday matchup is set for 10:05 Eastern Time and sbg opened with the Chargers as a 4.5-point favorite with an over/under total at 44.5.
This is a surprisingly close line between these two teams but there are several good reasons why this game might be closer than many people expect. San Diego is a notoriously slow starter and has generally gotten off to a terrible start, year in and year out, under the Norv Turner regime.
But it’s not how you start, but how you finish and last year this team finished strong (13-3) and made a run in the post season. This year the Chargers will return basically the same team. It lost leading rusher LaDanian Tomlinson but he was hardly a dominant runner last season and his 730 yards should easily be made up for with the addition of rookie RB Ryan Matthews.
QB Phil Rivers should be able to direct this offense to pay dirt but he’ll be playing without start WR Vincent Jackson (1.167) and that could complicate things a bit.
Still the Chiefs have no real weapons to speak of and coming off a 4-12 season in which they did little to improve themselves in the NFL Betting Lines offseason there’s little reason to expect this team to challenge the AFC West champ.
QB Matt Cassell has limited talent to play with on offense and the Chiefs gave up 25.1 points and 365.6 total yards per game in ’09.
Rivers should light up the Chiefs defense and the Chargers defense should be able to keep the Chiefs offense in check.