The Week 13 NFL odds say the Kansas City Chiefs are significant favorites over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs are a whopping 10.5-point favorite over the Chargers, who are 3-9 on the season and out of the AFC playoff picture conversation. The Chiefs, meanwhile, are 7-5 and right in the thick of things. Kansas City would hold the top AFC Wild Card and fifth overall playoff spot if the season ended today. This comes after the Chiefs have won six straight.
The Chiefs are such huge favorites because they have something to play for and the Chargers don't. Also because these same Chiefs gave a whoopin' to the Chargers just two weeks ago when the Chiefs won in San Diego, 33-3. The Chiefs clearly have the better roster and the better coaching staff so, yes, they should win.
That said, you should always be weary of a player like Philip Rivers, who is having a solid season personally despite the Chargers 3-9 record. Rivers can get hot and hurt the Chiefs at any moment. There is rain expected on Sunday which will partially negate the pass rush which means Rivers should have time to do some damage. If he has any players healthy, which he may not ...
Justin Houston's status is up in the air. He hasn't practiced all week after suffering a hyperextended knee two weeks ago against the Buffalo Bills. If he can't go, Dee Ford would likely be the one to play (if not Frank Zombo).
I am predicting the Chiefs to win this game, 30-24. The Chiefs held the Chargers to three points last time but Rivers will eventually get his. All of the ESPN experts are picking the Chiefs, too.
The nuts and bolts for the game...
Nuts and bolts
Location: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
Game time: Sunday, December 13, 12 p.m. (Arrowhead Time)
TV channel: CBS / KCTV-5 (Do I get the game?)
Online streaming: NFL Game Pass (Live audio, replay after it's over)
Matchup history: 55-54-1 (Chiefs lead)
Announcers: Andrew Catalon, Steve Tasker, Steve Beuerlein (sideline)
Enemy blog: Bolts from the Blue
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Week 1: @ Houston Texans (W: 27-20)
Week 2: Denver Broncos (L: 31-24)
Week 3: @ Green Bay Packers (L: 38-28)
Week 4: @ Cincinnati Bengals (L: 36-21)
Week 5: Chicago Bears (L: 18-17)
Week 6: @ Minnesota Vikings (L: 16-10)
Week 7: Pittsburgh Steelers (W: 23-13)
Week 8: Detroit Lions (W: 45-10)
Week 9: BYE
Week 10: @ Denver Broncos (W: 29-13)
Week 11: @ San Diego Chargers (W: 33-3)
Week 12: Buffalo Bills (W: 30-22)
Week 13: @ Oakland Raiders (W: 34-20)
Week 14: San Diego Chargers (Dec. 13, 12 p.m, CBS)
Week 15: @ Baltimore Ravens (Dec. 20, 12 p.m., CBS)
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Week 17: Oakland Raiders (Jan. 3, 12 p.m., CBS)