The Los Angeles Chargers had some extra time on their hands given their last game was a week-ago Thursday in Oakland against the Raiders. They decided to slide a field trip in the middle of their season, and spent the week in Colorado Springs and used the Air Force Academy’s football facility, Falcon Stadium, to prepare for tonight’s game.
You might wonder why?
Well, as Chargers Head Coach Anthony Lynn explained, he wanted to acclimate his team to playing in high altitude given tonight’s game, in Mexico City, sits with an elevation over 7,000 feet. The Air Force Academy in Colorado, is only a few hundred feet less.
Will this give the Chargers the edge they need tonight against the high flying Chiefs piloted by quarterback Patrick Mahomes?
But I wouldn’t put it past them for thinking it had something to do with tonight’s victory. In truth, a lot of other more influential factors are going to guide the Chargers win over the Chiefs tonight.
First of all, the Chiefs had a great season last year and Mahomes set record after record with his prolific passing. Tonight’s game, is played this year, and the Chiefs gap between their opponents has been greatly reduced based on through the roof expectations before this season began.
Kansas City is a good team, but they are going through all the problems historically experienced by teams the year after a near perfect season. If the Chiefs don’t win tonight, they will relinquish first place in their division for the first time since 2017, having led wire-to-wire last year and opening this season with three straight victories to put space between themselves and the rest of the AFC West, namely the Chargers, Oakland Raiders and Denver Broncos.
With the Chargers suffering more losses than wins over their first ten games, one might think the Chiefs would have a firm hold on the top spot in the West. They don’t, the surprise Oakland Raiders would take over the top spot if the Chargers were to win tonight.
Is that motivation for the Chargers?
But the fact that with a loss, the Chiefs would maintain a slight edge over second-place Oakland and push the Chargers three back in the standings, is a huge motivational edge for Los Angeles.
With only five games remaining on their schedule after this game, if Los Angeles were to fail in Mexico tonight, their season would for all purposes be over.
Philip Rivers doesn’t let that happen, and if he should fail in the attempt to save the Chargers season, we have a fail safe guard on our bet of an expanding point spread that threatens to move as high as 6 points before kickoff.
Why is this spread, which opened with the Chiefs favored by four, headed up like a thermometer at the Arizona airport in August?
Because the common folk just can’t stand the prospect of betting against Patrick Mahomes and then watching the Chiefs quarterback fill the air with touchdown passes.
Those visions are much more tied to last season, a year in which the Chargers also beat the Chiefs in a late season game when they needed it to stay in the playoff hunt. Despite the Chiefs having the best record in the AFC last season, the Chargers won a December game at Arrowhead Stadium, 29-28, to continue their push to the 2018 playoffs.
It’s the Rivers way.
Qoxhi Picks: Los Angeles Chargers (+5½) over the Kansas City Chiefs