So Saturday night at Arrowhead Stadium the Chargers and Chiefs meet to see who takes control of the division. The schedule features two games between division opponents, one of which could determine a playoff berth. The Chiefs got out to a 26-0 lead over the Raiders entering the fourth quarter, and held on for a 26-15 win in front of their home fans. Just look at this Star Wars-inspired video from the Chargers. Meanwhile, the Chiefs have struggled as of late despite beating a below average Oakland team.
For the Chiefs, you know the familiar story: a franchise lauded as the NFL's best (and only unbeaten) through five weeks came crashing to earth faster than Icarus, creating doubt on offense and exposing numerous weaknesses on defense.
The second of these two games really figures to be an entertaining one and it could ultimately decide the AFC West division.
In each of the last three games, that's true because the Lions must win out and hope the NFC South teams in contention have some losses this month. However, their streak coupled with Kansas City's collapse has provided with the opportunity to grab the inside track on the AFC West championship. Rivers has thrown eight touchdowns and no interceptions in his last four games (all wins), so he has to keep taking care of the football. Rivers, Keenan Allen and Hunter Henry face a Kansas City secondary that's giving up 249 passing yards a contest, which is fifth-worst in the NFL.
Alex Smith of the Kansas City Chiefs runs the ball during the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at the StubHub Center on September 24, 2017 in Carson, California. I called that game B-I-G. "Certainly it gives you a heck of a better chance of winning it". Bradley should bring lots of pressure against a depleted Chiefs O line.
This is why teams like the Patriots and Steelers should be nervous about the Chargers.
Kade Dohmen (6-7): "Big night game in Arrowhead. I'll say yes. Chargers win 27-17". The Chargers could make life very tough for the Chiefs if they win though, with Buffalo owning a tie-breaker over them and both the Titans and Ravens having a better record...
Caldwell is under contract for at least two more years thanks to a multiyear extension, a deal the team didn't announce until months after he signed it, but a late-season slide may warm his seat.
This is likely Kansas City's last shot with this core group of players to elevate the era's legacy from good to great. One of our prime things is, we've got to play fast. So tonight would show us what a matchup could look as a road team going into Kansas City on a short week.
The Chiefs have been especially vulnerable to No. 1 receivers, allowing them to rack up 91.9 yards per game, according to Football Outsiders. Or will they somehow let all of us fans down like seasons' past? The spread has been influenced by the aforementioned recent play of these teams.
"No surprises at all", first-year Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said.