For every team in the league, the regular season is all about wins and losses and making it into the playoffs. There is a bigger picture for the league as a whole, though, as it’s all about growing the sport and the brand, which in turn leads to increased revenues and more money to go around. One of the ways in which the NFL has gone about the business of brand building is to take games outside of the borders of the US. The games in London have proven to be a real success, while there have been issues with games played in Canada and Mexico City. The league will return south of the border on Monday night for another shot, with the Kansas City Chiefs and the LA Chargers set to meet in what is a game with huge playoff implications. The Chiefs are seeing their lead in the AFC West begin to slip away, while the Chargers need wins in the second half if they are to get anywhere near the playoff line. The Chiefs are favored by 5 points in this neutral venue fame, with the point total for this one set at 53.
When: Monday, November 18 at 8:15 PM EST
Where: Estadio Azteca, Mexico
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Why bet on the Kansas City Chiefs
A lead that looked totally safe just a couple of weeks ago has suddenly slipped away, as the Kansas City Chiefs are now in serious danger of allowing the Oakland Raiders to take control of the AFC West. While the Chiefs can blame some of their recent woes on Patrick Mahomes being out injured for a couple of weeks, it should be noted that they also blew it in a 35-32 loss to the Tennessee Titans their last game out. The Chiefs are now sliding back towards the playoff line, but they can maintain their lead at the top on Monday night against a Chargers team that they have beaten in 9 of their last 10 meetings. Kansas City has been a good bet all around versus LA, covering the spread in 4 of the last 5 meetings with the Chargers.
Why bet on the LA Chargers
The Chargers have been very disappointing this season, especially when you consider that they came into this season as a definite favorite to be in the playoffs. As it stands right now, they are at 4-6 on the season and potentially just 1 or 2 more defeats away from being seriously out of reach of the playoff line. The Chargers looked as though they were about to haul themselves back into playoff contention after nailing back to back wins, but a loss to the Raiders in their last game stings, as it creates all sorts of negative tie-breaker situations. LA has had some serious issues against conference opponents, going 1-5 ATS in their last 6. One bet that looks good is the OVER, as 10 of the last 13 games versus divisional rivals have gone that way.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
The loss to the Raiders last week may well have been the one that did the Chargers in this season, and another loss here would likely be the final nail in their coffin. I think the Chiefs come out and get the job done with a comfortable win.
Kansas City Chiefs 33 LA Chargers 17