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The Chiefs host the Chargers tonight for Thursday Night Football. Can the Chargers' offense keep up without Keenan Allen? John Hyslop is here to answer.

Chiefs vs. Chargers Prediction, Pick, Odds: Can the Chargers Offense Keep Up Without Keenan Allen?

We're going to need some action tonight and we need something that will last as long as possible. I'll be honest with you, it's not that easy to find something that will last the whole game. It's just not. Both props I have are going to cash in the first half. Then what? To make matters worse, it's bowling night so I have to have a bet that will last the whole night. Who the hell bowls with gambling? It's just not done. Not by anyone I know at least. Luckily, on my 17th time through the lines for this game, I found an absolute banger that has no chance of losing. I just looked at the screen and there it was. Hiding in plain sight like it wasn't a banger with no chance of losing. That's crazy.

Chiefs vs. Chargers Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

  • Date: September 15, 2022
  • Game Time: 8:15 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video

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Chiefs vs. Chargers Pick

Los Angeles Chargers Team Total Over 24 (-118) (Bet $118 to win $100)

*Odds available at FanDuel at time of publishing*

We're at FanDuel for this one but only because we're getting an option on which number we want. We can either do 24 (-118) or 24.5 (-102). That's a nice touch. I'll even go on the record and say that we should be given more options. Like 10 numbers from the number. Both ways. I would love to live in a world where we could ladder team totals to the moon. It definitely sounds like a good place to raise a family.

Chiefs vs. Chargers Prediction

Now I know what the haters are going to say and it won't be nice. Haters never have anything nice to say so that part is easy. They're going to say that the Chargers can't score this many points without Keenan Allen. I'm here to say, of course, they can. We're talking about Justin Herbert here. It's only three touchdowns (with extra points) and a field goal. The guy only played 33% of the snaps last week and the Chargers dropped 24. It would have been more but they were kicking the Las Vegas Raiders' asses so they let up. Class move if you ask me.

People forget that teams can still score 24 points without their top wide receiver. This same Chargers team did it last year against the New York Giants when Allen was on the shelf. They dropped 37 points that day. They hung 38 on the Chiefs on the last day of the 2020 season without Allen. Kansas City was resting all of their starters that game but still. When stats work in your bet's favor, you use them. It's just how this game is played. I don't make the rules.

Another thing that will help us get home if we struggle early is the fact that the Chiefs are going to score points. This shouldn't be three yards and a cloud of dust situation here. Even if the game doesn't go over 52, it could still be a 27-24 type game. I don't think we can say the Chargers are definitely going to lose this game. They could easily win outright. At the end of the day, this bet should last the whole game and in the end, I bet it wins. Feels right.

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John has spent the past 20+ years betting sports on a daily basis and is considered by many to be a walking sports betting encyclopedia. From obscure player props to sides and totals, if there is an angle, John will find it. His work has appeared on Rotogrinders and he has been a regular on sports talk radio stations across the country. Based in the US, John operates a blog & podcast, Sports Bets Beers, which covers betting angles in the NFL, NBA, MLB, & NHL.


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