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Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Poor-finishing Chargers could pay the price again

Dynamic Chiefs looking for third victory of the season

Kareem Hunt scores for Kansas City in their win over New England
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Kansas City have made a great start to the season but it has been a case of what might have been for the Chargers since their move to Los Angeles.

While the Chiefs backed up their spectacular win over Super Bowl champions New England with a success over Philadelphia, the 0-2 Chargers were missed field goals away from beating Miami and forcing overtime against Denver.

Their performance against the Broncos was franked by Denver's thumping win over Dallas last week.

They lost nine matches by seven points or fewer last season, so their record could easily have looked better than 5-11 and it appears they are starting this term in a similar vein.

One of the problems may be that they do not finish games in a strong fashion and that could be the case again in this match against a Chiefs offence that contains dynamic elements such as running back Kareem Hunt and receiver Tyreek Hill.

Kansas City hit the Patriots with three fourth-quarter touchdowns on the opening night of the season, and while the Chargers scored two late touchdowns in their defeat to Denver, their fourth-quarter stats are poor.

The Chargers have scored more points than their opponents in the final quarter in just three of their last 26 games and there are concerns that a lack of atmosphere at their new home could hold them back.

The Chiefs can close out the game in style and should finish the stronger of the two teams in what could be a key AFC West clash. 

Recommendation
Kansas City to win fourth quarter
2pts Evs Betfair, Hills, Paddy Power

Team news
Kansas City
Linebackers Justin Houston (illness) and Reggie Ragland (knee) should both be fit.

Los Angeles Chargers
Wide receiver Mike Williams (back) and cornerback Jason Verrett (knee) have been ruled out. Running back Melvin Gordon (knee) is rated questionable.

Key stat
Kansas City have covered the handicap in each of their last five away games.


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The Chargers have scored more points than their opponents in the final quarter in just three of their last 26 games
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