Monday Night Football Airs Chiefs and Chargers

10/31/2011 03:50 PM ET

Monday Night Football - The Chiefs and Chargers will go head to head in Kansas City on Monday Night Football.

This week’s odds feature an AFC West rivalry between the Kansas City Chiefs (3-3), who are feeling a lot better about themselves, against the San Diego Chargers (4-2) at 8:30pm ET on ESPN.

The Chiefs are in a lot better position than they were when these two teams met last month, as they will be seeking their fourth consecutive win to pull within a half-game of the divisional lead when they host the AFC West-leading Chargers on Monday night.

Such a scenario seemed highly improbable when the Chiefs suffered a narrow 20-17 loss at San Diego to drop to 0-3, but after being outscored 89-10 in the first two weeks and losing star running back Jamaal Charles to a season-ending knee injury, the National Football League (NFL) prediction experts are surprised with the way that they have straightened out their act recently.

San Diego was on their way to a fourth straight win and shutting up Rex Ryan before blowing an 11-point halftime lead in a 27-21 loss at the New York Jets last week. San Diego was scoreless in the second half and received another shaky outing from QB Philip Rivers, who threw for a season-low 179 yards and had his fourth two-interception game this season.

Both picks came in the fourth quarter and he will have to take better care of the football if the Chargers expect to cover their odds on Monday in front of a national audience. Rivers was also picked off twice by the Chiefs, but RB Ryan Mathews ran for 98 yards and a pair of first-half touchdowns.

TE Antonio Gates had five catches for 54 yards and a TD last week in his return from injury, but he will have a tougher time against a recently stout Chiefs defense. The Chargers are listed as a 3-point favorite on the road, but few are sure that they will cover that spread during the night or even win this game.

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