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Chargers Look to End Losing Streak in Week 1 Visit to Kansas City

The San Diego Chargers will be looking to end an eight-game straight-up losing streak against divisional opponents when they travel to Kansas City for a Week 1 matchup against the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone UNDER in the Chargers' last 4 games against the Chiefs.
  • The Chiefs are 10-1 SU in their past 11 games against AFC opponents.
  • The Chiefs are 10-0 SU and 7-3 ATS in their past 10 games as favorite.

Quarterback Philip Rivers proved to be one of the few bright spots on a Chargers squad that finished with a meager 4-12 record in 2015, finishing second in the NFL with 4792 passing yards.

However, San Diego struggled to muster just 20 points per game last season, and have gone down to defeat by at least a touchdown in seven of their recent eight losses to division opponents.

Kansas City is coming off an impressive 11-5 campaign, which the club followed up on with their first postseason victory since 1993.

Following a brutal 1-5 start, SU and ATS, the Chiefs were a force down the stretch, winning their final 10 contests, surrendering over 17 points on just two occasions during that stretch.

The Chiefs dominated the Chargers in last year's two meetings, holding them to just six total points, extending their current winning streak against San Diego to four games, 3-1 ATS.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks, including Bovada, had set the Kansas City Chiefs as -7.5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. The total was hovering around 43.5 earlier in the week (check for the current over-under lines at MyBookie).

Odds Shark score prediction models pick a 30-10 result in favor of the Chiefs on Sunday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NFL matchups here.

San Diego Chargers vs Kansas City Chiefs Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Kansas City will face the 4-12 San Diego Chargers, who own a 8-8 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Chiefs are 9-8-1 so far this season while the Chargers are 6-10. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Kansas City vs San Diego injuries news.

The Chiefs - Chargers odds would favor the Chiefs if the betting lines were set according to power ranks. Kansas City is rated No. 2 in our latest OddsShark poll, while the Chargers sit at No. 25.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Kansas City Chiefs No. 9-ranked offense (25.28 PPG) against a San Diego Chargers defense that ranks No. 21 at 24.88 PPG. The Chiefs passing attack has averaged 204.11 yards per game, less than the Chargers give up through the air (236.62 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the San Diego Chargers own the league's No. 30-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 138.88 yards per game when on the road. Kansas City, on the other hand, rates No. 2 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Philip Rivers threw a pair of TD passes in San Diego's last match, but they were defeated anyway by Denver 27-20 in Week 17 action on Sunday.

The Chiefs suffered a Divisional Playoff loss against New England in their last game, falling 27-20 at Gillette Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • San Diego is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • San Diego is 2-10 SU in its last 12 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of San Diego's last 5 games
  • San Diego is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Kansas City is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games
  • Kansas City is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Kansas City is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 6 games

Next Betting Matchups

San Diego home to Jacksonville, Sunday, September 18th
Kansas City at Houston, Sunday, September 18th