- The Kansas City Chiefs (7-2) are six-point road favorites over the Los Angeles Chargers (5-4) in Week 11
- Justin Herbert has averaged fewer than 6 yards per attempt in four straight starts
- NBC’s Sunday Night Football kicks off from SoFi Stadium on November 20 at 8:20pm ET
Many believed the Chargers would stake claim to the AFC West this season, but injuries and questionable coaching has left Justin Herbert to do most of the heavy lifting on his own. While the third-year quarterback has struggled through most of 2002, Patrick Mahomes is in the midst of a MVP-caliber campaign with Kansas City at 7-2 and atop the division yet again.
Chargers vs Chiefs
|Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Kansas City Chiefs||-6.0 (-110)||-260||Ov 51 (-112)|
|Los Angeles Chargers||+6.0 (-110)||+220||Un 51 (-108)|
Patrick Mahomes has emerged an almost-even money favorite (+110) to win the 2022 NFL MVP award. The 27-year-old has thrown for 2,936 passing yards and a league-leading 25 touchdowns. Sitting at 7-2, the Chiefs could all but wrap up their seventh-consecutive AFC West title with a win over Los Angeles on Sunday Night Football.
Mahomes passed for just 235 yards and two scores in Kansas City’s 27-24 victory over their division rivals in Week 2. However, defensive end Joey Bosa and a handful of other Chargers stars were healthy for that one. The good news is that both Mike Williams and Keenan Allen could make their returns from injury in Week 11.
— NFL GameDay (@NFLGameDay) November 16, 2022
Herbert hampered by injury?
Justin Herbert threw for 334 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in the Week 2 loss to the Chiefs. He also suffered a rib cartilage fracture in the game, which has seemingly limited his performance ever since. The 24-year-old was limited to just 35 passing yards in the second half of Sunday’s 22-16 loss to the 49ers, finishing with a season-low 196.
It has been a disappointing campaign for the third-year QB and the 5-4 Chargers. But, Brandon Staley’s club has played Kansas City tough recently. In addition to a 3 point loss earlier in the year, they defeated KC 38-21 in January of last season.
49ers vs Chargers
Los Angeles is a 6-point home underdog on Sunday Night Football. And oddsmakers are expecting points-a-plenty with the over-under set at 51. Andy Reid is orchestrating the league’s top scoring offense (30.0 points per game) despite trading away Offensive Player of the Year frontrunner Tyreek Hill over the summer. The Chargers, meanwhile, allow the fourth-most points per game (25.3) in the NFL.
Patrick Mahomes may be without receivers JuJu Smith-Schuster and Mecole Hardman. However, Kadarius Toney might be ready to pick up the slack. In only his second game with KC, the shifty wideout accounted for 90 total yards and a TD in a 27-17 win over Jacksonville last Sunday.
— theScore (@theScore) November 17, 2022
The Chargers are the league’s third-worst defense at stopping the run, allowing 146.8 yards per game. Yet, Andy Reid’s rotation of sub-par backs (Isiah Pacheco, Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Jerick McKinnon) likely won’t be able to take advantage of LA’s greatest weakness.
That said, who needs to run though when you have Patrick Mahomes? We like the Chiefs to cover in a classic Sunday Night Football shootout.
Final Score Prediction: Kansas City 33, Chargers 23
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