Kansas City Chiefs @ Los Angeles Chargers: Speed is the key for KC

Alex Smith has a 5:0 TD/Int ratio so far in the 2017 NFL season, no wonder he's smiling
Alex Smith has a 5:0 TD/Int ratio so far in the 2017 NFL season, no wonder he's smiling

The third game of a blockbuster four-game tilt on Sky this weekend features an 0-2 team entertaining one who are 2-0. Neil Monnery previews the AFC West encounter in LA...

"That week one dismantling of the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots made everyone sit up and notice. If anyone saw Alex Smith throwing for 368 yards with four scores and no picks, I'd like to meet them to discuss future lottery numbers."

Kansas City Chiefs @ Los Angeles Chargers
Start-time: Sunday 24 September, 21:25 BST
Live on Sky Sports Action & Main Event


For the Chargers...


At 0-2, this is desperation time for Philip Rivers and gang. Yet they missed last gasp field goals to force overtime in week one and to win outright in week two. They are not a bad team by any stretch of the imagination.

The former number four overall pick is a very good Quarterback. He also has some real offensive play makers around him. In the backfield, Melvin Gordon has all the tools but hasn't got it going through two weeks. Also he surprisingly landed on the injury report and is listed as questionable. If he can't go, expect this game to all be put on Rivers' shoulders.

Luckily for the QB, he has two fantastic Tight End's in Hunter Henry and the legend that is Antonio Gates. Both are key men but Keenan Allen has been the guy so far in 2017 with 14 receptions for 135 yards.

Defensively who doesn't love the Nick Bosa and Melvin Ingram tandem? Under the tutelage of the excellent Gus Bradley, these two are set to wreak havoc in opposition backfields all season long.


For the Chiefs...


That week one dismantling of the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots made everyone sit up and notice. If anyone saw Alex Smith throwing for 368 yards with four scores and no picks, I'd like to meet them to discuss future lottery numbers.

The QB backed that up with a more measured performance on Sunday, going for 251 with one touchdown. That is more like the player we know. The one man he's been targeting more than any other is Travis Kelce, having found him eight times in the 27-20 victory over the Eagles.

Kareem Hunt is becoming a dynamic force to be reckoned with. The rookie RB added a 100 all-purpose yard game to the 200 one he had on his debut. If the Chargers are going to win on Sunday, they need to stop him before he gets into second gear.

Special teams are rarely thought about when it comes to betting previews but the Chiefs have Tyreek Hill who can really shift. He scored three TD's on special teams last season. One to watch out for.


The Picks...


It is hard to pick against a desperate team who are 0-2 at home. Yet the frightening speed that the Chiefs have in skill positions makes me lean towards them winning outright and covering. The line is set on the Exchange at KC-3 and that is fair enough. I'll go KC-3.5 to get above Evens at 2.0811/10.

Points wise the line is 47.5. Five times out of the six these two teams have played in the past three years, the under has won. These games tend to be tight and close. However I'm rolling on the overs as I think we'll see plenty of big plays. This is currently trading at 1.9210/11.

Side market wise, Kansas City are 3/1 to score at any time with their special teams or defense. That is something worth considering.


Recommended Bets

3pt Back Kansas City-3.5 to win on the Handicap market at 2.0811/10 on the Exchange
2pt Back over 47.5pts at 1.9210/11 on the Exchange
1pt Back Kansas City D/ST to score anytime at 3/1 on the Sportsbook

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