National experts predict the winner of LA Chargers at KC Chiefs game
The Chiefs are predicted to win against the Chargers in a close game, according to multiple expert predictions.
The Chiefs-Chargers rivalry has a recent history that suggests Sunday's game will be a close one, potentially decided by just a few points. This pattern aligns with the Chargers' season so far, as all of their games have been decided by one score, and their three losses have been by three points or fewer.
To get a sense of who might come out on top in this matchup, let's take a look at the predictions of 73 national experts. The game kicks off at 7:15 p.m. and will be aired on CBS (KCTV, Ch. 5) in Kansas City.
According to the Associated Press' Rob Maaddi, the Chiefs will win with a score of 29-20. Maaddi points out that despite the Chiefs' spotty offense, their defense has been surprisingly strong. He believes that the Chiefs will find their rhythm against the Chargers.
Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times predicts a 27-21 victory for the Chiefs. He acknowledges that the Chiefs' offense may not be as potent as it has been in the past, but their defense has significantly improved. Farmer doesn't think the Chargers will be able to pull off a win in Kansas City this time.
Vinnie Iyer of the Sporting News foresees a 27-24 win for the Chiefs. He notes that the Chiefs' offense hasn't been as consistent this season, particularly in the red zone. However, he believes that the Chiefs can rely on their running game and exploit the Chargers' weaknesses.
Four out of five writers at NFL.com are picking the Chiefs to win. They include Ali Bhanpuri (26-21), Tom Blair (30-28), Brooke Cersosimo (28-20), and Dan Parr (26-20). Gennaro Filice is the lone writer who predicts a victory for the Chargers with a score of 27-24. Parr emphasizes the Chiefs' advantage of playing at home and having more rest days compared to the Chargers.
All eight writers at USA Today are in favor of the Chiefs winning. They include Jarrett Bell (31-27), Chris Bumbaca (27-24), Nate Davis (27-23), Safid Deen (27-24), Tyler Dragon (28-21), Victoria Hernandez (27-20), Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz (28-20), and Lorenzo Reyes (30-20). Dragon highlights the Chargers' struggles in close games and the Chiefs' ability to close out games, making them the favorites to win the AFC West for the eighth straight season.
The 11 writers at The Athletic unanimously pick the Chiefs to win. They include Tashan Reed, Michael-Shawn Dugar, Ben Standig, Zack Rosenblatt, Austin Mock, Zac Jackson, Josh Kendall, Zak Keefer, Chad Graff, Larry Holder, and Mark Kaboly. Mock points out that the Chargers' run defense may struggle against the Chiefs' run-heavy offense, potentially making it difficult for them to keep the game close.
Seven out of eight writers at CBS Sports believe the Chiefs will come out on top. The lone writer picking the Chargers is Will Brinson. Pete Prisco predicts a final score of 34-27 in favor of the Chiefs. He highlights the Chargers' recent struggles and expects Patrick Mahomes to have a standout performance against their pass defense.
All nine experts at ESPN are unanimous in their prediction of a Chiefs victory. Similarly, the seven experts at Sports Illustrated forecast a Chiefs win. Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio (31-24) and Chris Simms (28-21) also predict a Chiefs victory.
Ten writers from SB Nation, including JP Acosta, James Dator, Debbie Emery, Jeanna Kelly, Brandon Lee Gowton, Jared Mueller, Ricky O'Donnell, RJ Ochoa, Mark Schofield, and Matt Warren, believe the Chiefs will win.
The 10 members of the Dallas Morning-News, including Tim Cowlishaw, Michael Gehlken, Joey Hayden, Dana Larson, Damon Marx, Craig Miller, David Moore, Newy Scruggs, Calvin Watkins, and Kevin Sherrington, all predict a Chiefs victory.
Based on these predictions, it seems that the consensus among experts is that the Chiefs will come out on top in Sunday's game against the Chargers. However, as we know, anything can happen in football, and the outcome may ultimately be decided by just a few points.