San Diego Chargers Hope to Break Bad Trends Against Chiefs

There really isn’t a heck of a lot for the San Diego Chargers to like right now about their position coming into Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Yes, the Chargers are -1 ½ on the NFL odds, but that’s about where all of the good news comes to a halt.

San Diego is coming off of its worst game of the year, a brutal 27-3 loss to the Atlanta Falcons that saw Head Coach Norv Turner calling for his team to take knees in the final minutes of the game. Meanwhile, the Chiefs come back home knowing that they just shocked the world with a 34-31 win over the New Orleans Saints.

It doesn’t stop there for the Chargers either. The home team has won five straight games in this series. Though San Diego has outscored the Chiefs by 14.2 points per game over the course of the last six in this series, both teams are 3-3 SU and ATS against the other.

The ground game still hasn’t produced all that much, and RB Ryan Mathews has been threatened to be taken out of the lineup in crucial spots after fumbling near the goal line last weekend. The passing game still only goes as far as QB Philip Rivers forces it to go.

But perhaps the worst for the Chargers is the fact that they are one of the five dreaded road favorites on Sunday. Favorites have been atrocious this year in general when they are on the road, going just 6-13 ATS. What’s worse is that they are also only 7-12 SU to show for their work.

If there is some good news, it is that the injury report looks rather clean for the Chargers. They have back Mathews in the lineup, and TE Antonio Gates played last week after sitting out in Week 2 as well.

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