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Kansas City at San Diego: Week 9 Betting Lines

San Diego vs. Kansas City


The NFL opens up on Thursday night as Kansas City (1-6) travels to Qualcomm Stadium to face San Diego (3-4) at 8:20pmET (NFL Network). Kansas City is coming off a 26-16 loss at home to Oakland, while San Diego fell at Cleveland, 7-6 as a 3-point favorite. Last game: San Diego (-3) over KANSAS CITY, 37-20.


Current Line: San Diego (-7.5/41.5)


Weather: 65 degrees and 8% chance of rain.

 

Key Trends

KC is: 
1)3-11 off a division home game.
2)11-3 L14 as a division road dog. 


SD is: 
1)34-24-2 as a home fave. 
2)0-4 L4 as a div. home fave. 

Key Injuries: 


KC: 
WR Terrance Copper (calf) is ?
DE Glenn Dorsey (calf) is ?
QB Brady Quinn (concus) is out


SD:
WR Eddie Royal (ham) is dbtful.


 
Outlook:  
Mired in a three-game losing streak, the San Diego Chargers are looking for answers while the job security of coach Norv Turner is once again being questioned.


With Kansas City stuck in a four-game slide and tied for the worst record in the NFL, Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel might also face an uncertain future if he can't get things turned around.


The AFC West foes look to end their skids Thursday night when the Chargers try to sweep the season series with a fifth consecutive home victory over the Chiefs.


After winning three of four, San Diego (3-4) is again stuck in a rut that has become commonplace in recent years. The Chargers started 2-5 in 2010 and endured a six-game skid in 2011, missing the playoffs in both seasons.


San Diego blew a 10-point lead during a 31-24 loss at New Orleans on Oct. 7 and followed that by giving up a 24-0 cushion in a 35-24 home defeat to Denver. On Sunday, the Chargers came off their bye and managed 265 yards in a 7-6 loss at lowly Cleveland.



In his sixth season with the Chargers, Turner has again come under fire from a fan base that is willing to stay home and has pushed this contest to the brink of a local TV blackout.



It seems the Chargers have a good chance to end their skid against the Chiefs (1-6), who allow 29.9 points per contest and have lost eight of 10 to San Diego - including four straight at Qualcomm Stadium. Philip Rivers threw for 209 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in a 37-20 win at Kansas City on Sept. 30.


Rivers has completed 62.3 percent of his passes but thrown seven TDs and nine picks while going 6-1 at home versus Kansas City. After throwing four interceptions against the Broncos, he was 18 of 34 for a season-low 154 yards at Cleveland.


Ryan Mathews gained 95 yards against the Browns, but he has yet to rush for 100 yards and has one TD this season. He ran for 61 yards and caught two passes for 21 against the Chiefs earlier this year.


Kansas City is in danger of losing five straight for the first time since Nov. 29-Dec. 27, 2009. Coming off a 26-16 home loss to Oakland on Sunday, the Chiefs are the first team since at least 1940 to go their first seven games without holding a lead in regulation. Their only win came in overtime, 27-24 at New Orleans on Sept. 23.



Though in his first full season as Kansas City's coach, Crennel along with general manager Scott Pioli could be feeling the heat.


Matt Cassel will start at quarterback after Brady Quinn took a blow to the head against the Raiders. Crennel said Tuesday that doctors have not cleared Quinn to practice, so Cassel will be the starter and Ricky Stanzi the backup.


Quinn went 2 of 4 for one yard and a pick before getting injured last week. Cassel was 20 of 30 for 218 yards with a touchdown and an interception in his place.


The Chiefs have an NFL-high 25 turnovers and their passer rating is a league-low 64.4.


Kansas City needs Jamaal Charles to get back on track after he ran five times for four yards versus Oakland. Charles averaged 110.2 rushing yards the first five games, but has been held to 44 on 17 carries in the last two.


He recorded 111 total yards and two TDs against the Chargers in September. Cassel threw for 251 with two TDs and three picks in that contest.

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