Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers (-9.5, 42.5)
Two struggling AFC West teams attempt to end losing streaks as the Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers kick off Week 9 on Thursday night. Kansas City suffered its fourth straight loss Sunday, when it dropped a 26-16 decision to the Oakland Raiders. The Chiefs, who never led in the contest, erased a 6-0 deficit but fell behind for good in the final minute of the second quarter and went on to lose at home to the Raiders for the sixth consecutive time.
San Diego dropped its third straight on Sunday, losing a 7-6 decision at Cleveland. The Chargers outgained the Browns with 265 total yards but were unable to find the end zone, settling for a pair of field goals by Nick Novak. The Chargers won the first battle between the division rivals on Sept. 30, posting a 37-20 triumph at Kansas City as they capitalized on six turnovers and scored 27 points in the first half.TV:
8:20 p.m. ET, NFL Network. LINE:
The Chargers opened as high as -10 and have been bet down as low as -7.5 at some online books. The total has dropped from 44 to 42.5 points.WEATHER:
The forecast is calling for partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid-60s. Winds are expected to blow WNW at 6 mph.ABOUT THE CHIEFS (1-6, 2-5 ATS):
Kansas City's offense has struggled mightily as it has found the end zone just once over its last three games. After posting only two field goals in a home loss to Baltimore on Oct. 7, the Chiefs recorded their only touchdown in a setback at Tampa Bay on Oct. 14 on a fumble return following a blocked punt. They nearly were held without an offensive TD by Oakland, but Matt Cassel hit Dexter McCluster with a 10-yard scoring strike with just under 2 1/2 minutes remaining in the game. Cassel will return to the starting lineup Thursday in favor of Brady Quinn, who was ruled out of the game after sustaining a concussion against the Raiders. LB Derrick Johnson is looking to make his 101st career start.ABOUT THE CHARGERS (3-4, 3-4 ATS):
KR Richard Goodman's day did not last long Sunday as he injured his hamstring during his 21-yard return on the opening kickoff and did not return. Goodman has averaged 27.6 yards on 18 kickoff returns this season. QB Philip Rivers made his 103rd consecutive start. It is the second-longest streak among active quarterbacks behind the 127-game run by Eli Manning of the New York Giants. RB Ryan Mathews nearly posted his first 100-yard game of the season Sunday, falling five yards short. Mathews had a season-high 24 carries, two more than his total in a loss to Denver on Oct. 15.TRENDS:
* Under is 4-1 in the last five meetings.
* Under is 6-2 in the last eight meetings in San Diego.
* Chiefs are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall.
* Chargers are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games in Week 9.EXTRA POINTS:
1. Kansas City's lone victory came in overtime at New Orleans.
2. San Diego has scored a total of six points over its last six quarters.
3. The Chiefs lead the NFL with 25 turnovers.