Although the Los Angeles Chargers and the Kansas City Chiefs are coming off winning performances in their respective Week 1 contests, the Chiefs were infinitely more convincing in theirs. And that’s in part likely shaping the current market’s serving of Chargers vs Chiefs betting odds for this marquee billing at Arrowhead Stadium in Thursday Night Football (TNF).
The Chiefs are odds-on -210 favorites to the Chargers at +175 to win on the moneyline. The NFL point spreads battle is nestled on 4 points, with the Chiefs to the good, while the total is projected to a staggering 54 points as we look at the latest NFL betting odds.
However, as these are two of the top bets to win the AFC West, there’s going to be plenty of incentive on both sides of the coin to make it a right toss-up for NFL picks. Despite the market’s favorable outlook toward the hosts.
So, who will remain on the winning track? Will the Chiefs come through as the clear-cut favorites? Or will the Chargers serve up the upset on the road? What happens tonight could very well set the pace for the chiefs future opponents.
Join us as we dive into the Chargers vs Chiefs betting odds and determine where the value bets are to be had.
Chargers vs Chiefs Betting Preview
Chargers Get The Job Done
The Chargers are coming off a 24-19 win over the Las Vegas Raiders, earning their long-awaited revenge for the defeat to the Raiders in the final week of their 2021 campaign, which crushed their playoff hopes and ended their season on a sour note.
As far as “revenge games” go, their performance wasn’t a pristine performance, to put it bluntly. But it was a win. And that is all that really matters in the broad spectrum of the regular season.
The Bolts took a 17-3 lead into halftime before they fritted it away in the second half. Then, in the fourth quarter, with the Chargers winning 24-19 and the Raiders taking possession in the final minutes, the game was on the line. It could have gone either way until linebacker Khalil Mack’s strip-sack of David Carr on the Raider’s final drive sealed the deal. And the Bolts breathed a sigh of relief.
Quarterback Justin Herbert had a solid outing tossing for three touchdowns and going 26 of 34 for 279 passing yards and zero interceptions.
So much for all the doomsday prognosticators that were keen to trot out their obituary notices for the Chiefs, after the franchise bid adieu to All-Pro wide receiver Tyreek Hill and Tyrann Mathieu in the offseason. Without these two Chiefs stalwarts – and especially the former – the naysayers were convinced the Chiefs were going to regress in 2022. So, they said.
Well, if Week 1 were any indication, it was anything but a regression by the Chiefs. They demolished the Arizona Cardinals in a 44-21 rout at State Farm in Glendale that was a warning to all the Chiefs’ future opponents not to underestimate them this season.
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes tossed five touchdowns and put up 360 passing yards as he went 30 of 39 passing with zero interceptions. Mahomes had no shortage of weapons to target as he spread the ball across the field. Tight end Travis Kelce carried the load with eight receptions and a touchdown, while RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire showed off his versatility, catching three passes for 32 yards and two touchdowns.
Chargers vs Chiefs Betting Verdict:
The Chiefs looked great against the Cardinals while the Chargers looked good against the Raiders. The question is whether those wins were an endorsement of the winners or an indictment of the losers. Week 1 of the NFL season can be misleading, after all.
The Chargers vs Chiefs betting odds are understandably cornered with the Chiefs. But laying four points with the Chiefs isn’t a risky play for a matchup that could go either way. In this case, the value might be better with the Chargers as the +4 underdogs to cover the point spread for NFL picks, if not win outright. But don’t go betting the farm on it.
The higher probability bet has to be the OVER 54. If Mahomes and Herbert can put up 5 and 3 touchdowns against pretty good teams in Week 1 of the season, it’s scary to think what they can do when they go toe-to-toe in Week 2 and build on the momentum of the previous week.Follow us on Twitter