Chargers defense ready to prove itself again in Kansas City

17 December, 2017, 04:11 | Author: Cary Erickson
  • Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell catches a touchdown pass from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger with Dallas Cowboys free safety J.J. Wilcox defending during the first half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh Sunday Nov. 13 2016

But they proceeded to lose six of their next seven games before a bounce-back win over Oakland, sliding right back to the pack. Even Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers admitted he was surprised with how drastically Kansas City fell back to the pack.

Two teams now sharing the lead of the AFC West have the chance to edge out ahead in the push for a playoff spot before the final two-week run in.

Both these teams are at 7-6, and after the Chiefs took the first game between these two, and if they win this one then they can all-but secure the AFC West crown that looked so simply early in the season. The Bears can't make the postseason even if they win their final three games. The Tennessee Titans are 8-5, but they could be underdogs in each of their last three games as they visit the San Francisco 49ers and host the division-leading Los Angeles Rams and Jacksonville Jaguars. So let's take a look at the keys to the game. Sure, the Chiefs went off to a 5-0 start and have lost six of their last eight games - but that doesn't matter if they win in their second head-to-head opportunity against the Chargers. For weeks I thought they'd turn it around and they failed, and once I gave up they actually showed life in a win over the Oakland Raiders last week.

Any NFL fan will find plenty to like in this prime time match-up between two division rivals with identical records.

-Chargers interior offensive line vs. Chiefs DL Chris Jones.

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Setting up the biggest game of the season for both teams. The Chargers rank near the bottom against the run and if the run game has success against the Chargers Smith should be able to get the ball to his weapons.

After hosting the Chargers on Saturday, the Chiefs will close out the season at home on Christmas Eve to Miami and on the road in Denver on New Year's Eve. He does have one year left on his contract, but he also has a 13-32 record and his.289 winning percentage is barely better than Abe Gibron's franchise-worst.274 from 1972-74. If the Chiefs again deploy a dime base against Rivers and the Chargers, expect to see more of Jenkins again. His 147-yard (and two-TD) day in the 33-7 drubbing of the Cincinnati Bengals last week saw him top the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the second straight season since being picked up in the fifth round of the 2016 draft.

The playoff picture is set to become much clearer as we're treated to some bonus Saturday night action in the NFL. QB Alex Smith ranks second in the National Football League with a 104.4 quarterback rating.

THE magnitude of this one can't really be underestimated - although the division won't be decided by the result with two games still to play after this. LB Justin Houston had a sack in Week 14.

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