The current NFL season is now very much in its final stages as we head into Week 15, yet there are still playoff spots and rankings to be determined. There are a lot of battles going on in both conferences, but perhaps nothing quite as tight as what is happening in the AFC West right now. Things became a little clearer last week when the Kansas City Chiefs took out the Oakland Raiders, but that win has left them on the same season record as the LA Chargers. The Raiders are now in real trouble in their quest to win the division, but they could potentially pull a little closer to the team that loses the match-up between the Chiefs and Chargers on Saturday night.

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The current state of the playoff standings in the AFC would suggest that only one team is going to come out of this division and into the postseason which adds an extra level of pressure to this game. The Chargers have been very good over the past month and can take control of the division with a win at Arrowhead Stadium, which is easier said than done. LA is coming into this one as a 1 ½-point favorites for this one, with the point total set at 46.

LA Chargers vs Kansas City Chiefs NFL Week 15 Prediction & Analysis

When: Saturday, December 16 at 8:25 PM EST
Where: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City
TV: 
NFLN
Radio: Sirius XMTune-InWestwood One
Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
NFL Odds: Chargers -1 ½

Why bet on the LA Chargers

It wasn’t so very long ago that it was looking as though the Chargers would once again be missing out on the postseason, but they have taken advantage of a rather weak schedule to haul themselves back into playoff contention.

 

LA have won each of their last 4 games, and while they didn’t face any of the better teams in the league during that stretch, they still deserve credit for putting together a great run when it looked as though their season was done and dusted. The Chargers have been a solid bet over the past few weeks, going 4-1 ATS, as well as winning 4 in a row. They have been so-so on the road, going 3-3 this season, but need to do better in divisional games, where they are currently 2-2 SU. That makes this game against the Chiefs all the more important, as a loss here may well be the final nail in their divisional coffin.

Why bet on the Kansas City Chiefs

During the opening 5 weeks of the season, no team was better than the Kansas City Chiefs. They started the season by pounding the New England Patriots on the road, and then followed that up with 4 more wins. It was what happened after that which has put this team in the position they are in right now.

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The offense started to sputter, and that led to them losing 6 of their next 7 games. The Chiefs have now put themselves in a position where they are going to need to win at least 2 games in the final 3 weeks to make the playoffs, although their cause was certainly helped by knocking off the Oakland Raiders last weekend. The good news for the Chiefs is that they are still very tough to beat, as they are 16-5 in their last 21 homes games. They have also been good at home versus the Chargers, winning 5 of their last 7.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

This is a game that seems destined to be close, and it may well be the last team who has the football that gets the win. I think it will be the Chargers who get it, covering in the process. I like the point total to fall just UNDER the 46.

Predicted Score: LA Chargers 24 Kansas City Chiefs 21

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