Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs Week 15 NFL Picks & Predictions 12/16/2017
Saturday, December 16, 2017
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The Kansas City Chiefs host the Los Angeles Chargers at Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday, December 16, 2017. The opening line for this game has Kansas City as 1 point favorites. The over/under has been set at 46. The Chiefs have an over/under record of 7-6-0 and they are 7-6-0 against the spread. The Chargers have an ATS record of 7-5-1 while their over/under record is 4-9-0.
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Valuable Los Angeles Chargers Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Chargers are 4-9-0 against the over/under
The Los Angeles Chargers are 7-5-1 against the spread
Important Kansas City Chiefs Betting Trends
The Kansas City Chiefs are 7-6-0 against the over/under
The Kansas City Chiefs are 7-6-0 against the spread
Key Los Angeles Chargers Injuries
12/11/17 RB Andre Williams Wrist is out for season
12/02/17 K Nick Novak Back IR
10/24/17 C Matt Slauson Biceps IR
09/23/17 CB Jason Verrett Knee IR
09/20/17 T Chris Hairston Illness IR
09/05/17 G Forrest Lamp ACL IR
Key Kansas City Chiefs Injuries
12/11/17 S Steven Terrell Undisclosed IR
12/10/17 DB Eric Murray Ankle is "?" Saturday vs LA Chargers
12/10/17 DB Marcus Peters Suspension is "?" Saturday vs LA Chargers
12/10/17 OL Mitch Morse Foot is "?" Saturday vs LA Chargers
12/08/17 LB Dee Ford Back IR
10/09/17 WR Chris Conley Achilles IR
10/04/17 LB Kevin Pierre-Louis Groin out indefinitely
09/08/17 DB Eric Berry Achilles IR
09/07/17 DB Ashton Lampkin ACL IR
08/30/17 RB Spencer Ware Knee IR
07/30/17 LB Dadi Nicolas Knee PUP
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Los Angeles Chargers have run for 1,293 yards as a team, which ranks 24th in the NFL. They've run 337 times, averaging 3.8 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Chargers have been penalized on offense 84 times for 721 yards so far this season, which has them 20th in the league in penalties. They are 15th in the NFL in points scored with 298. They have run 822 plays this season for 4,845 yards, which ranks them 5th in the league in total offense. The Chargers average 5.9 yards per play, which is 6th in the National Football League. As a team they have accumulated a total of 270 1st downs this year, placing them 9th overall as an offensive unit. Philip Rivers averages 7.8 yards per pass attempt and 12.5 yards per completion. He has completed 290 passes on 462 attempts for a completion percentage of 62.8%. His quarterback rating is 97.2. He has thrown for 3,611 yards this season.
The Chargers rush defense has allowed 345 attempts for 1,622 yards this year, putting them in 29th place in the league against the run. Los Angeles has committed 91 penalties for 806 yards on the defensive side of the ball this season. That ranks them 26th in the NFL. They've given up a score on 29% of possessions on defense, which is 3rd in the league. They are 2nd in the league in points allowed on defense with 225. They have surrendered a total of 4,226 yards on D, which is 10th in the NFL. The Chargers are ranked 14th in yards per play allowed with 5.2. Their pass defense has given up 5.5 net yards per pass attempt, placing them 2nd in the league as a unit. Opposing offenses have completed 272 passes on 438 attempts against the Los Angeles Chargers defense this season, placing them 13th and 15th in the National Football League. The Los Angeles pass defense has also given up a total of 2,604 yards through the air, which is 3rd overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The Los Angeles Chargers have attempted 27 field goals this season and made 19, which is 22nd in the National Football League. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 70.4%. Los Angeles Chargers kickers have made 91% of their extra points, going 31 for 34 this year. Their punters have totaled 2,932 yards on 60 punts, averaging 48.9 yards per punt. That places them 3rd in the NFL in punting average. Los Angeles is ranked 21st in the league in punt returns with 24. They've accumulated 226 punt return yards and average 9.4 yards per return, which is 10th in the NFL. Their longest punt return so far this year is 65 yards. They have returned 24 kicks for 453 yards on special teams, ranking 27th in kick return yardage. The Chargers average 18.9 yards per kick return and have a long of 44 yards this year. They are 9th in the league in all-purpose yards with 5,619.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Kansas City Chiefs are 7th in the National Football League in points scored with 329. They have run 783 plays this year for 4,827 yards, which ranks them 6th in the NFL in total offense. The Chiefs average 6.2 yards per play, which is 2nd in the league. As a team they have accumulated a total of 256 1st downs this season, ranking them 13th overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Kansas City has run for 1,516 yards as a unit, which ranks 12th in the league. They've run 312 times, averaging 4.9 yards per rush as a unit. The Chiefs have been penalized on offense 102 times for 893 yards so far this year, which has them 4th in the NFL in penalties. Alex Smith has passed for 3,507 yards this year. He's completed 293 throws while attempting 436 passes for a completion percentage of 67.2%. His quarterback rating this season is 104.4. He averages 12 yards per completion and 8 yards per pass attempt.
Kansas City is 15th in the NFL in points surrendered on defense with 289. They have given up a total of 4,854 yards on D, which is 28th in the league. The Chiefs are 23rd in yards per play allowed with 5.6. Their pass defense has allowed 6.6 net yards per pass attempt, ranking them 23rd in the National Football League. Opponent offenses have completed 265 throws on 465 attempts against the Kansas City defense this season, ranking them 9th and 28th in the league. The Chiefs pass defense has also surrendered a total of 3,231 yards in the air, which is 28th overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense has given up 376 attempts for 1,623 yards this season, putting them in 30th place in the NFL against the run. The Kansas City Chiefs have had 83 penalties for 698 yards on defense this year. That places them 11th in the league. They've allowed a score on 35.4% of possessions on defense, which is 18th in the NFL.
Special Teams Stats
Kansas City is 9th in the NFL in punt returns with 30. They've totaled 217 punt return yards and are averaging 7.2 yards per return, which is 21st in the league. Their longest punt return this season is 82 yards. They have returned 37 kicks for 837 yards on special teams, placing them 2nd in kick return yardage. The Chiefs average 22.6 yards per kick return and have a long of 42 yards this season. They are 3rd in the National Football League in all-purpose yards with 6,077. The Kansas City Chiefs have tried 33 field goals this season and made 31, which is 4th in the league. Their kickers have a FG percentage of 93.9%. Kansas City kickers have made 100% of their extra points, going 32 for 32 this season. Their punters have accumulated 2,503 yards on 56 punts, averaging 44.7 yards per punt. That ranks them 20th in the NFL in punting average.
Who will win tonight's Chargers/Chiefs NFL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Chargers +1
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