Chargers, Chiefs set for huge AFC West clash

Chargers, Chiefs set for huge AFC West clash

While the NFC is a mess fueled by talented teams, the AFC is equally messy for different reasons.

But on the ground is where the team has shown the most dramatic improvement over the last several months. It appears that the conference is dominated by the New England Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers - who meet in a colossal matchup on Sunday - and everyone else. Los Angeles is in a rhythm of its own, being the victor of seven of its last nine games. The Chargers are scary. Ladarius Green caught a 60-yard pass from Rivers with 7:50 to play as the Chargers took a 34-31 lead. It's been a weird season, but they are still well within the playoff hunt.

CHIEFS and the Los Angeles Chargers face-off in the NFL Saturday night game with their season hanging in the balance. Both teams will need to devise ways of negating some very good defensive players in this one.

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. This matchup will be a huge factor in deciding the AFC West champion.

The Chargers have been building a strong roster. Most sportsbooks are pegging both teams as underdogs, with the Chargers facing something around -105 odds and the Chiefs -110. Their unique, maddening penchant for blowing games in unheard of fashion has dated back to the Marty Schottenhemier days.

"Interceptions put us in a hole, definitely did", Lynn said. If the Chiefs lose the turnover battle and the offense doesn't stay on the field, they're doomed. Add in the home-field advantage of Arrowhead, where the Chiefs are 4-2 this season and that gives them the ever-so-slight edge in this one. They share a 7-6 record with the No.7 Baltimore Ravens and No.6 Buffalo Bills.

However, there have been just two more losses this season for the Chargers. The loss to the Jaguars was rough, a three-pointer that could have easily gone Los Angeles's way.

Those fans will get a chance to see their team beat another AFC West team on Saturday night, but they may find it a bit harder against the red-hot Chargers. They have won by an average of 19 points during their four-game win streak.

They say that you should always go with your first instincts. The Chargers' last win at Arrowhead Stadium was a thriller, 41-38, in 2013. That's the easy part. "I think it's important to know what's at stake", quarterback Philip Rivers said during media availability Wednesday. He's thrown for just seven touchdowns during that span, four of them coming in a losing effort against the Jets. The Chiefs still possess one of the NFL's best rookies in running back Kareem Hunt, a high-octane offense that rarely turns the ball over and a quality special teams unit. Keenan Allen had six grabs for 111 yards.

That poor play should leave the Chargers licking their chops.

Defensively, the Chargers boast the pass-rush tandem of Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram. In his last four games against the Chargers Houston has 6.0 sacks. The Chargers defense remains vulnerable, ranked just 29th in the National Football League while allowing 124.8 yards per game.

This team is clicking in all facets. Now, that the Chargers have learned to how to win, no one will want to face them in January.

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