NFL Betting Preview: Kansas City Chiefs vs. LA Chargers – Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021

The NFL season wraps up this week, and while there are playoff spots up for grabs around the league, the top spot has been wrapped up by the Kansas City Chiefs.

They will host the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium, trying to avoid any injuries along the way. The Chargers are playing as well as anyone right now and are hoping to finish the season on a high note.

MyBookie currently does not have any betting information on the game since Kansas City is expected to sit several starters to rest before the playoffs begin.

Los Angeles Chargers Betting Preview: Finish Strong

The Los Angeles Chargers come into play with a three-game winning streak. Their record sits at 6-9, and they could finish in second place in the division with a win and a Las Vegas loss.

Los Angeles’ most recent win came this past Sunday when they knocked off the Denver Broncos 19-16. Quarterback Justin Herbert continued his dream rookie season when he set the rookie record for quarterback passes with his 28th strike in the second quarter.

Herbert finished the game with a line of 21 of 33 completions, 253 yards, and a touchdown. He was sacked twice in the game.

Running back Austin Ekeler gained 78 total yards and a receiving touchdown. The Chargers were able to win this game despite going just 3-12 on third down.

On the season, Herbert has completed 66% of his passes for 4,034 yards and 28 touchdowns. He has thrown ten interceptions on the season, which is a decent amount, considering Herbert is a rookie.

Ekeler is the team’s leading rusher, gaining 512 yards on 109 carries and a touchdown. Wide receiver Keenan Allen was overwhelmingly Herbert’s favorite target. Allen has had 147 targets and 100 receptions for 992 yards and eight scores.

Kansas City Chiefs Betting Preview: Rest and Get Ready for Playoffs

The Kansas City Chiefs come into play with a record of 14-1 and have clinched the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs. The Chiefs will likely sit some starters Sunday as there is no incentive to play them.

Andy Reid did not commit to who would sit, except to say that Chad Henne will likely replace Patrick Mahomes at quarterback, perhaps for the entire game. The Chiefs are coming off a tough win over the Atlanta Falcons, another team that had very little to play for except jobs.

Mahomes threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Demarcus Robinson with under two minutes remaining to give the Chiefs the lead. The victory and home-field advantage were secured when Atlanta kicker Younghoe Koo missed a 39-yard field goal with nine seconds on the clock.

Mahomes finished with 278 yards and two touchdowns in the game, but Kansas City’s defense helped secure the win by slowing the high-powered Atlanta offense. On the season, Mahomes has put up more MVP-caliber numbers. He has completed 66% of his passes for 4,740 yards.

If Henne plays, he has completed five of six passes for 30 yards this season. LeVeon Bell takes over as the primary ball carrier in the Chiefs’ backfield after the ankle injury to Clyde Edwards-Helaire. He has carried the ball 63 times for 254 yards and two scores.

The Chiefs boast two 1,000-yard receivers in Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill but don’t expect either of them to play much.

Chargers at Chiefs Betting Odds & Lines

There is no betting information for this game due to the uncertainty surrounding who will start for Kansas City. Andy Reid is likely to treat this game like a preseason game, which means starters won’t play much.

Free Betting Pick

Take the Chargers in this one, as they are playing very well right now and will be looking to finish on a high note.

Spooky Express Free Pick: Los Angeles

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