Last Updated Sep 16, 2022, 12:09 PM

Los Angeles Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs Same Game Parlay Picks and Predictions

NFL betting expert Michael Crosson gives his same game parlay selection for Thursday night's primetime matchup between the Los Angeles Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs. Odds provided by DraftKings.

Chargers vs. Chiefs SGP Picks

  • Chargers-Chiefs Over 50.5 (-190)
  • Austin Ekeler (LAC) Over 44.5 Receiving Yards (+130)
  • JuJu Smith Schuster (KC) Over 49.5 Receiving Yards (-155)

Payout: +478

The Chiefs and Chargers split a pair of particularly high-scoring matchups last season, as Los Angeles caught Kansas City sleeping and escaped with a 30-24 road victory in Week 3, but the Chiefs managed to bounce back with a 34-28 road victory of their own in Week 15. Last week, the Chargers posted a relatively convincing win over the Raiders, however, I still don’t trust them on the road against AFC contenders after losing three of their last four games to miss the playoffs last year; and nearly dropping last week’s contest despite forcing three turnovers. So, I’ll take an adjusted over here, as the Chiefs nearly eclipsed this total on their own last week by exploding for 44 PTS on 488 total yards against Arizona; and I think we’ll see them consistently trade punches with the Chargers’ offense throughout Thursday’s contest.

Chargers’ RB Austin Ekeler has been a key contributor to L. A.’s passing game over the last two seasons, as he averaged 5.4 receptions for 40.3 receiving yards per game in 2020; and 4.4 receptions for 40.4 yards per game in 2021. However, Ekeler has become accustomed to slow starts in the passing-catching department, considering he tallied just one reception for three yards against the Bengals back in Week 1 of 2022, and he didn’t catch a single pass against Washington in Week 1 last season despite 15 rushing attempts. This season was a slight improvement, but still less than what you typically expect from him, as Ekeler caught four passes for 36 yards against the Raiders last week. I’ll back Ekeler to have a solid night receiving here, as Ekeler went on to corral 5+ receptions for 45+ yards in five of his next six games following his zero-reception performance against Washington last season; and we’ll probably see L. A. lean on its passing game much more in Kansas City after a near perfect balance of 34 pass attempts to 31 rush attempts against Las Vegas last week.

Chiefs’ WR JuJu Smith-Schuster put forth a solid performance in his Kansas City debut las week, as the former Steeler reeled in six-of-eight targets for 79 receiving yards against Arizona, comfortably positioning him second in the Chiefs’ pecking order behind Travis Kelce (8 REC, 121 YDS), with Mecole Hardman and Jerick McKinnon trailing by a considerable margin at three receptions apiece. I’ll back JuJu to have another solid outing here, as the departure of Tyreek Hill has left a bunch of targets up for grabs within a Chiefs’ offense that averaged 288 PYPG on 39.9 attempts last season; and outside of Mahomes’ clear-cut favorite target in Kelce, Smith-Schuster appears to be next in line for work in one of the most dangerous passing attacks in the league.

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