The Kansas City Chiefs host the Los Angeles Chargers in a vital AFC West showdown in NFL Week 7 action, with kickoff set for 4:25 p.m. ET Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs are on extra rest after beating the Broncos last Thursday night, while the Chargers are on short rest after dropping a 20-17 heartbreaker to the Cowboys on Monday night.
The Chiefs sit at on the spread, and the over/under line is at points. Below, we take a closer look at Sunday’s Chiefs vs. Chargers matchup with info on the odds, betting lines, and player props.
Chiefs looking to maintain AFC West dominance
The Chiefs (5-1) are on pace for an eighth straight division title, with the Raiders (3-3) and Chargers (2-3) well behind in the standings. Kansas City has won five straight games after dropping its season opener by a score of 21-20 to Detroit. Travis Kelce has avoided major injuries despite a couple of close calls, and he remains the top option for Patrick Mahomes in a prolific passing attack.
Chargers have struggled in close games
Under Brandon Staley, the Chargers are 12-14 in one-score games. The defensive-oriented head coach might be on the hot seat if his team continues to drop close contests. The Chargers have lost their last three meetings against the Chiefs by 12 total points. They have lost five of their last eight division games overall, with all five losses coming by one score.
Chargers secondary versus Chiefs receivers
Kelce is averaging 115.3 receiving yards per game over his last four meetings with the Chargers. The Bolts have allowed a league-high 289 passing yards per game at 7.7 yards per attempt, and are giving up the second-most total YPG (391.6). The Chiefs are deploying rookie Rashee Rice as their secondary receiving option behind Kelce and rotating options for Mahomes to target. Mahomes has been sacked at the lowest rate (2.54%) among qualified quarterbacks this season.
Chiefs pass rush versus Chargers offensive line
Justin Herbert suffered a fractured finger in his non-throwing hand in Week 4 and took a number of hard hits during Monday’s 20-17 loss to the Cowboys. The Chargers use a quick-hitting passing attack under new offensive coordinator Kellen Moore, which has helped Herbert avoid pressure for much of the season. The Kansas City defense has allowed 17.3 PPG with 33 turnovers over the team’s last 20 home games.
Chargers vs. Chiefs odds and betting lines
Chiefs vs. Chargers head to head
|Offense Ranking OFF RNK||8th||12th|
|Defense Ranking DEF RNK||4th||32nd|
|Offense Net Yards Per Game OFF NET YPG||364.9||347.5|
|Defense Net Yards Per Game DEF NET YPG||290||390.6|
|Passing Yards Per Game PASS YPG||258.5||243.5|
|Turnovers Committed Per Game TOC PG||1.7||1.1|
Chargers vs. Chiefs player props
Below is a selection of player props for both the Chargers and Chiefs. The props are broken out by position and player.
Wide receiver props
Chargers vs. Chiefs injury report
The Chargers ruled out cornerback Deane Leonard (hamstring) and safety Alohi Gilman (heel) ahead of their matchup with the Cowboys. Safety Raheem Layne suffered a season-ending ACL tear during the game. Keep an eye on the status of defensive tackle Sebastian Joseph-Day (knee), defensive end Joey Bosa (groin), and wide receiver Josh Palmer (groin) in practice reports this week.
The Chiefs are relatively healthy heading into Week 7. Wide receiver Justin Watson (elbow) is likely headed to injured reserve. Edge rusher George Karlaftis (hamstring) and Kelce (ankle) were limited in practice prior to Week 6.