Preview: San Diego at Kansas City

When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, December 28, 2014
Where: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri


All the San Diego Chargers need to do is beat the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday and they will claim the AFC’s final playoff spot. Winning in Kansas City isn’t easy but the Chargers are looking for their third consecutive victorious visit in a contest that is also important for the Chiefs. Kansas City can land the final berth by beating the Chargers and having the Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans lose.

The health of San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers is an issue as he reportedly has a bulging disk in his back. It didn’t stop Rivers from throwing for 356 yards and four touchdowns while rallying the Chargers to a 38-35 overtime win against the San Francisco 49ers last Saturday. The postseason hopes of the Chiefs may be slim but coach Andy Reid is attempting to keep his team’s focus solely on what happens inside Arrowhead Stadium. “You can’t control any of it,” Reid told reporters. “The one thing you can control is your preparation for his game and how you play on Sunday. So that’s where you put all your energy and don’t worry about the things you can’t control.”

TV: 1 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Chiefs -2.5. O/U: 42.

ABOUT THE CHARGERS (9-6): Rivers has thrown 31 touchdown passes and needs three more to break the franchise career mark of Dan Fouts (254) and is five yards away from his sixth 4,000-yard season. Tight end Antonio Gates continues to climb up the all-time lists: He's 53 yards from becoming the fourth tight end in history to reach 10,000 receiving yards and his next scoring reception will make the ninth player in NFL history with 100 career TD catches. Cornerback Brandon Flowers has a team-best three interceptions and is eager to clinch a playoff berth against K.C., which released him in the offseason after six seasons with the team. Safety Eric Weddle is headed to his third Pro Bowl and has 109 tackles, his third season with triple-digit stops.

ABOUT THE CHIEFS (8-7): Quarterback Alex Smith passed for a season-best 311 yards in last week’s 20-12 loss to Pittsburgh but suffered a lacerated spleen and Chase Daniel will make his second NFL start. Standout rusher Jamaal Charles was selected to his fourth Pro Bowl and is 21 yards from reaching 1,000 rushing yards for the fifth time in his career but played poorly against the Steelers, rushing for 29 yards and losing a key fumble. Outside linebacker Justin Houston, picked to his third Pro Bowl, has an NFL-leading 18 sacks and is two from the club record set by Derrick Thomas (20 in 1990). “We are all pulling for him that he can finish up,” Reid told reporters of Houston’s bid to catch Thomas. “I know that’s not the most important thing for him – he wants to win the game – but at the same time, he sure has done a nice job with it.”

EXTRA POINTS

1. Smith passed for 221 yards and a TD when Kansas City won 23-20 in San Diego on Oct. 19.

2. San Diego RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) likely will miss his third straight game.

3. Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe (shoulder) is hopeful of playing against the Chargers.

PREDICTION: Chargers 27, Chiefs 24

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf OT Div Conf
San Diego 9-6 W1 22.7 21.9 5-3 4-3 7-6 2-0 1-0 2-3 6-5
Kansas City 8-7 L1 22.3 18.3 5-2 3-5 7-7 1-0 0-0 2-3 6-5

Last Meeting

San Diego Kansas City
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
10/19/14 KC 23 SD 20 251 69 182 365 154 211

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
SD P. Rivers 54.8 205 2 1
KC A. Smith 67.9 221 1 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
SD B. Oliver 15 67 4.5 0
KC J. Charles 22 95 4.3 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
SD A. Gates 3 61 20.3 1
KC D. Bowe 5 84 16.8 0
TDs Player TD
SD A. Gates 1
KC J. Charles 1
Season
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
SD P. Rivers 67.0 3995 31 16
KC A. Smith 65.3 3265 18 6
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
SD B. Oliver 146 511 3.5 2
KC J. Charles 193 979 5.1 9
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
SD M. Floyd 49 827 16.9 6
KC T. Kelce 60 778 13.0 5
TDs Player TD
SD A. Gates 12
KC J. Charles 14

Quickchart Matchup

San Diego Off vs  Kansas City Def
340.3 yards
328.5 yards
3.4 yards/rush
4.7 yards/rush
7.1 yards/attempt
5.9 yards/attempt
Kansas City Off vs  San Diego Def
323.3 yards
344.1 yards
4.6 yards/rush
4.6 yards/rush
6.5 yards/attempt
6.6 yards/attempt

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home over/under
OPEN
-105
-3
-110
43.5
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports
-110
1
-110
40.5
Sportsbook
-110
1
-110
40.5
5Dimes.eu
-106
-1
-109
40
GTBets.eu
-110
-1
-110
40.5
Top Bet
-110
0
-110
41
BetOnline.ag
-110
-1
-110
40.5
BetDSI
-115
-1
-109
40
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF
BetDNA.com OFF OFF
Belmont
-110
1
-110
40.5
BookMaker.eu
-115
-1
-109
40
Vegas Odds
Westgate
-110
-1
-110
40.5
Mirage
-110
-1
-110
40.5
Station
-110
0
-110
40
Best home line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

San Diego Overall Kansas City
9-6 W/L 8-7
7-8-0 ATS 9-6-0
7-8-0 O/U 5-10-0
22.7 Pts For 22.3
21.9 Pts Against 18.3
San Diego A/H Kansas City
4-3 W/L 5-2
4-3-0 ATS 5-2-0
4-3-0 O/U 3-4-0
23.3 Pts For 25.7
28.0 Pts Against 17.0