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Chargers biggest road favorite of Week One

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By Mike Wilkening

The Chargers, who have been favored in their last eight games vs. Kansas City, are six-point favorites at the Chiefs in Week One. The prevailing Over-Under is 45.

San Diego dominated both games vs. Kansas City last season, rolling to a 37-7 win as 5½-point favorites on Oct. 25 and a 43-14 victory when laying 13½-points on Nov. 29.

Those who believe the Chargers will roll again will note that WR Vincent Jackson, who is suspended for the first three games of the 2010 campaign, caught just two passes for 27 yards in the second game between the clubs last season — and San Diego thrived all the same. Indeed, TE Antonio Gates (7-118-2) was the receiving star of the rematch after Jackson racked up 5-142-1 in the first game.

The case for the Chiefs takes some digging in the past performances, so to speak. They played San Diego to within a point in both matchups in '08, and perhaps they can keep this interesting with so much preparation time leading up to the opener.

While the line currently sits at six points, I would not be surprised if it went higher; this is the second of two Monday-night games in Week One, and the Chargers are a popular team with the public.


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