The 2017-18 LA Chargers held a title that no NFL team wants: Best team to not make the playoffs. The Chargers won six of their last seven games, but failed to make up the deficit that an 0-4 start to the season created. If Los Angeles wants to get off to a better start in 2018-19, they’ll have to do it against the defending AFC West champs, the Kansas City Chiefs.
Kansas City won both games against Los Angeles last season: 24-10 at Arrowhead and 30-13 in California. Both teams turned a profit for NFL bettors last season. Kansas City was 10-7 against the spread and the Chargers finished with a mark of 8-7-1. The Chargers were the most profitable “under” team in 2017-18. The under cashed in 12 of LA’s 16 games (courtesy Team Rankings).
Based on the way that they ended last season, the Chargers are going to be a popular side in this contest. Would I want Andy Reid coaching a playoff game for my team? Eh, not really. But no one is better at getting his team ready at the beginning of the season, and off a bye week. Since taking over the Chiefs in 2013, Reid is 4-1 in season openers with wins at Jacksonville, Houston, New England, and a home win against these Chargers.
Patrick Mahomes is drawing rave reviews from his teammates, and Reid certainly deserves the benefit of the doubt in terms of getting an offense ready. I’ve got my eye on the Kansas City Chiefs +3 in the NFL Week 1 opener against the LA Chargers.
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