CHARGERS at CHIEFS
8:20 p.m., Chiefs by 4 1/2, 54 ½
HANK’S HONEYS: Patrick Mahomes and Justin Herbert should light up the prime time scoreboard and might have the over covered by early in the fourth quarter. Keeping in mind that two of the Chiefs’ four regular season losses the last two years came against the Bolts, we still have to favor the home side here. Fears that K.C. would regress without Tyreek Hill were unfounded as Mahomes came out swinging in the opener, spreading the ball out to 10 different receivers. That includes Travis Kelce, who had 10 catches for 191 yards and two TDs the last time he lined up against the Chargers.
Certainly, the Chargers’ defense, with its speedy DBs, is miles ahead of the Cardinals’ shaky unit. Khalil Mack had a spectacular L.A. debut in Arizona last week but Andy Reid’s schemes and Mahomes legs will negate that somewhat. Herbert, meanwhile, will be without WR Keenan Allen, making it easier for K.C. to defend Mike Williams. No doubt Herbert will keep pace for much of the game but the Chiefs’ offense is deeper right now and Mahomes knows how to use it. If you still like the Chargers here, take comfort in their 14-6-3 record as a road underdog the last five seasons. Bottom line: bet the total and enjoy the show.
IF I WERE A BETTING MAN: Chiefs and the over.