Can you believe we're saying that?
Who would have thought that six weeks ago this game would be for the lead in the AFC West? They always compete. They often take over games. Let's find out. Each writer's win-loss record for the season is in parentheses. This one is for the division lead, and ultimately, probably for the division. The under is also 5-2 in the last seven meetings between these two teams. They have to bring the same intensity that they brought last week against the Raiders. Ultimately, I feel really conflicted on this pick.
If Los Angeles can complete its comeback from going winless in the first quarter of the season, there will be a lot of nervous teams in the AFC. However, their biggest issue has been being able to finish games The Chargers are famous for Chargering.
Cornerback Phillip Gaines is inactive for Kansas City, as are safety Leon McQuay, linebacker Ramik Wilson, defensive tackle Justin Hamilton, offensive lineman Parker Ehinger and quarterback Tyler Bray.
Coverage of the AFC West showdown will start at 1am. Marcus Peters and Darrelle Revis will have a good shot at shutting down Keenan Allen and this high-powered Chargers offense. I called that game B-I-G. For the team as a whole, it will come down to discipline. WR/PR Tyreek Hill has three touchdowns (two receiving, one punt return) in his past three games against the Chargers. "But if you win this game, it's not over yet".
Sean Kirk (5-1): "The Chargers will head out to KC in a game that will likely determine the division victor".
For games in December, it doesn't get any bigger than this.
It's never easy to predict a comeback from the brink for any team that starts 0-4.
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Philip Rivers, who has averaged better than 365 yards passing the past three weeks, will try to exploit the Chiefs' No. 28 pass defense. "I'll say yes. Chargers win 27-17". Division championship apparently. Chargers offense is looking unstoppable.
A fierce pass defense keyed by and, with both players in the top 20 of pass pressures generated according to Sports Info Solutions' charting.
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The Chargers offense has been extremely successful taking shots down the field of late. Not to mention, LA's defense is performing at the highest of levels right now. But, against a Chargers defense that is allowing only a 76.1 passer rating this season - third in the National Football League - he could well have his work cut out for him.
Tyler Schoon (5-6): "This is a defining moment for the entire organization". They found plenty to like in a 26-15 win over Oakland, where each phase of the game saw an excellent performance. My guess: yes, they have, and Lynn will. So tonight would show us what a matchup could look as a road team going into Kansas City on a short week.
Otherwise, the talent that made this team a preseason darling is still quite evident. Rivers may take a step back (it's hard to take a step forward from where he's been playing), but the defense should play strong. Even still, it'll be an upward battle for Smith all game long.
So who wins this clash of division foes?
Run your stuff, win the game: The Chargers do not need a Herculean effort to beat the Chiefs. I don't feel the Chiefs have the pieces in place to slow that down.