Monday Night Football Lines: San Diego Chargers vs Kansas City Chiefs
Monday, October 31, 2011
by Bodog Sportsbook
Left for dead after a 0-3 start, the defending AFC West champion Kansas City Chiefs can stunningly be tied for first in the division if they can beat the San Diego Chargers on Monday Night Football. However, San Diego is 4-point favorite on Bodog Sportsbook’s NFL football lines.
Kansas City (3-3) has won three in a row and is looking for its first four-game winning streak in seven years. The turnaround is stunning considering this team was outscored 89-10. But the Chiefs started showing a pulse in Week 3, losing just 20-17 to these Chargers in San Diego. Matt Cassel was picked off at midfield with under a minute left as he was attempting to drive the Chiefs to a tying or winning score.
Turnovers were a killer in the three-game losing streak. But KC only has two since then, both coming in last week’s 28-0 shutout of Oakland, the first road shutout this season by any club. The Chiefs picked off six passes in that game and are plus-5 in turnover margin in the past three games. Star WR Dwayne Bowe has 18 receptions for 311 yards and three scores in the winning streak and RB Jackie Battle has really come on to fill the void left by Jamaal Charles’ season-ending injury in Week 2.
San Diego (4-2) enters off a 27-21 loss at the Jets in which QB Philip Rivers threw for a season-low 179 yards and two more interceptions – he is tied for the second-most picks in the NFL with nine. He does lead the AFC in passing yards with 1,715. Rivers threw for 266 yards but no TDs and two picks in Week 3 vs. the Chiefs. San Diego is just 1-2 on the road this season (1-2 ATS), and that one win was a fortunate one at a bad Denver team.
A win by KC would make it the first NFL team since the 2000 Pittsburgh Steelers to start a season 0-3 and climb back to 4-3 (the idle Raiders are also 4-3, so a KC wins knots the division). That this game is on Halloween bodes well as Kansas City has won five of six Oct. 31 games it has played. But San Diego has won three of its past four at Arrowhead.
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