Biggest Game in Years: Chargers @ Chiefs preview

The Chargers will play their most meaningful regular season game in several years when they travel to Kansas City for a primetime Saturday night game. The two teams have had essentially opposite seasons, with the Chargers starting 0-4 before catching fire and the Chiefs starting 5-0 before cooling off. Both teams now sit at 7-6 and tonight's victor will be in sole possession of first place in the AFC west.

The game is expected to be close, with the Chargers currently instilled as one point favorites. If they can pull out the win, the Chargers will be in very good position to make the playoffs for the first time since the 2013 season, and potentially host a playoff game at the Stubhub center during its inaugural season. It's a spot not many would've predicted the Chargers would be in after the first month of the season. The turnaround is due mostly to the secondary emerging as one of the league's best units and the MVP-caliber play from Philip Rivers.

After a 5-0 start which included victories over the Eagles and Patriots, the Chiefs then lost six out of seven games, finally putting an end to the skid this past week with a win over the Raiders. The Chiefs defense has completely collapsed and bottomed out recently, giving up 38 points to the Jets just two weeks ago. They've allowed the fifth most passing yards in the league and the fourth most rushing yards. They also have the sixth fewest sacks, with just 24 for the season.

The Chiefs attempted to bolster the secondary by signing Darrelle Revis just a few weeks ago. Revis predictably hasn't been very good, but can still play capably at times. The Chiefs star cornerback Marcus Peters will be back to face the Chargers after serving a one game suspension.

Both teams are fairly healthy, although the Chiefs have been banged up on their offensive line. Just yesterday they placed their center, Mitch Morse, on injured reserve with a foot injury. The Chiefs have dealt with injuries to their O-line all season, and it's a great matchup for the Chargers' already dominant defensive front.

The Chargers secondary will have their hands full trying to contain Tyreek Hill over the top while limiting Travis Kelce over the middle. The Chiefs running game has taken a significant back in recent weeks, but Kareem Hunt is still a dynamic playmaker who torched the Chargers during their first matchup.

The last time these two teams met, back in week three, Rivers had by far his worst game of the season. He had three interceptions and has taken full responsibility for the loss. The offense has gotten significantly better since then, and Rivers should be able to rebound. If Rivers can continue his recent level of play, the Chargers should have a very good shot at a win and a division lead.




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