An AFC West division rivalry between the Kansas City Chiefs (7-2) and Los Angeles Chargers (5-4) renews on Sunday Night Football. This game is pivotal in the AFC playoff race. Kansas City currently owns the best record in the conference and sits as the No. 1 seed. Meanwhile, Los Angeles is right outside the playoff picture as the No. 8 seed. 

Kickoff is at 8:20 p.m. ET in Los Angeles. Caesars Sportsbook lists Kansas City as a 5.5-point favorite, while the over/under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 52.5 in the latest Chargers vs. Chiefs odds. Before making any Chiefs vs. Chargers picks or predictions, you need to see what SportsLine's resident Chargers expert, R.J. White, has to say.

White, a Fantasy and gambling editor for CBS Sports, consistently crushes as SportsLine's No. 1 expert in NFL picks against the spread and went 445-378-24 on his ATS picks from 2017-21, which returned $2,542 to $100 players. He's also gone a whopping 20-7-2 on his last 29 against-the-spread picks involving the Chargers, meaning he's well-qualified for this selection.

Now, he has locked in on Chargers vs. Chiefs and released his confident SNF picks. Go to SportsLine to see them. Here are the NFL lines and trends for Chiefs vs. Chargers:

  • Chargers vs. Chiefs spread: Chiefs -5.5
  • Chargers vs. Chiefs over/under: 52.5 points
  • Chargers vs. Chiefs money line: Kansas City -240, Los Angeles +196
  • KC: Over is 7-1 in Chiefs' last eight road games
  • LAC: Chargers are 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a straight-up loss
  • Chargers vs. Chiefs picks: See picks at SportsLine
Featured Game | Los Angeles Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Why the Chiefs can cover

Tight end Travis Kelce is a big-time weapon across the middle of the field. Kelce runs silky smooth routes and is fast enough to run away from linebackers and safeties. The Cincinnati product is capable of big-chunk plays and has a fantastic rapport with quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Kelce is sixth in the league NFL in catches (63), seventh in receiving yards (740) and tied for first in touchdowns (8). In the win over the Jaguars, Kelce snagged six passes for 81 yards and one touchdown.

Receiver Kadarius Toney looks to find his groove in the offense. With Juju Smith-Schuster in concussion protocol, Toney may be lined up for more opportunities. The Florida product is a threat to make big plays due to his great change of direction ability and elite quickness. Last week, Toney finished with four receptions for 57 yards and one touchdown. See which side to back here.

Why the Chargers can cover

Safety Derwin James lines up near the line of scrimmage and can be a tackling machine. James can be an effective rusher and does a good job at jumping into passing lanes. The Florida State product has very long arms and showcases exceptional strength. James leads the team in total tackles (85) with four tackles for loss, three sacks, and three pass deflections.

Linebacker Khalil Mack can be a dominant force getting into the opposing backfield. Mack is relentless and plays with a high motor. The Buffalo product does a great job winning with power and speed while understanding good leverage. Mack is tied for 10th in the league in sacks (7), tied for sixth in forced fumbles (2) to go along with nine TFLs. See which side to back here.

How to make Chargers vs. Chiefs picks

White has analyzed this matchup and while we can tell you he's leaning Under the total, he has discovered a crucial x-factor that makes one side of the spread a must-back. He's sharing it only at SportsLine.

Who wins Chiefs vs. Chargers on Sunday Night Football? And what critical factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Chiefs vs. Chargers spread you should jump on, all from the NFL expert who's 20-7 on against-the-spread picks involving L.A., and find out.