Thursday Night Football features a battle for the AFC West as the Chargers look to pull even with the Kansas City Chiefs atop the division.
Los Angeles has been chasing the Chiefs all season since losing their opening game to Pat Mahomes. Kansas City’s offensive flurry keeps the spotlight off the Chargers, but a win Sunday puts them in contention for the top seed in the AFC.
Phillip Rivers feels the Chargers were more to blame for their first loss than the Chiefs. A couple of bad turnovers and a bunch of dropped passes contributed mightily to the final score.
Helped by the return of Joey Bosa, the Chargers’ defense is feeling better about themselves as the rematch approaches, too.
Kansas City’s defense could be bolstered by the 2018 debut of safety Eric Berry.; Berry has been practicing for several weeks, and there are reports he could be active for this game.
It is a testament to Mahomes, Rivers, and their receivers that the pre-game talk isn’t centered around who might not play.
Kareem Hunt is gone and Spencer Ware hasn’t practiced all week. Neither have Melvin Gordon or Austin Ekeler. There could be third-string running backs starting for both teams. That possibility hasn’t altered predictions of a high-scoring affair.
Injuries and notes
Melvin Gordon is a game-time decision with a knee sprain. Austin Ekeler is recovering from a pinched nerve in his neck, but also has to make it through the concussion protocol on a short week.
Cornerback Trevor Williams (knee) sat out practice this week, too.
Spencer Ware is listed as questionable after sitting out both practices with a banged up shoulder.
Tyreek Hill was upgraded to probable after handling a limited practice Tuesday. Left guard Cam Erving did not practice this week and is questionable.
Anthony Lynn told us his team was a legitimate Super Bowl contender in the preseason, even after injuries altered his opening day roster. A career year from Rivers helps a lot, as well as some lucky breaks.
Andy Reid hasn’t been asked a single question about the wisdom of trading Alex Smith since the regular season started. That says as much about how his season is going as anything else.
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Who will win the Chiefs-Chargers game?
Kansas City is undefeated (6-0) at home and has won two in a row. Los Angeles is 5-1 on the road and comes in on a three-game winning streak.
The Chiefs can almost clinch home field advantage throughout the playoffs with a win. The Chargers can take it all away by handing the Chiefs a loss.
A lucky break could decide the game, and lucky breaks tend to go to the stronger defense.