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- San Diego Chargers vs Kansas City Chiefs - SD -4.5
Kansas City will have the advantage of opening at home and make no mistake about it, this is one tough place to open the season. Charlie Weis will add a new wrinkle to the offense and the running combo of Charles/Jones will take some of the pressure of Cassel. However, will it be enough? Cassel will need to step up and start earning his huge contract if he hopes to stay around long enough to see this plan unfold. He'll be happy that his offensive line should be better than last year, but unfortunately the rest of the team is still too young and inexperienced to hope for miracles.
Look for Rivers to have ample time to find his receivers. He is mature enough to overcome the tough early crowd and by the 4th quarter Mathews should be sealing the game with first downs. KC have some nice talent, but when one of your best players is your punter - you know you still have problems.
Weather should not be a factor in this game. Watch the line as it has had some interesting movement over the last week. You may need to lay more points if you wait, but don't be surprised to see some reverse line movement late in the week. Prediction: Bank SD -4.5.