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Los Angeles Chargers Can Prove They Can Contend This Weekend

In a game against the Chiefs, the Chargers can show if they are legit or need to quit.

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In what is the second of a four-game home stretch, the Chargers need to show that they are contenders. They have lost two heartbreaking games this season, much like Charger teams of late, but new coach Anthony Lynn refuses to label this as anything but a brand new team. Well, the Chargers need to show up to establish their fanbase in LA.

LA and San Diego fans have always been labeled as “fair weather” fans and nothing had proven that more than the Rams and Chargers. When the going is good, stadiums will be filled. When the going is bad, well, look at how the Chargers can’t even fill the majority of 27,000 seats with their fans.

The Chargers have a good team and are largely pretty healthy (outside of Verrett, who may only miss a game, and Perryman who is on the IR). The Chargers have the best QB, some great receivers, a good back, and a sneaky good defense in the AFC West yet have gone 1-11 in their last 12 matchups in the division.

The Chiefs are not as good as they seem. They have a rookie running back who will be immune to rookie mistakes, a glorified game manager at QB, and an overrated secondary. Seriously look at the stats this season. They haven’t been great. They have one pick despite their d-line racking up a ton of sacks. With Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams, Hunter Henry, and Melvin Gordon on quick passes, the Chargers should be able to have an offense that hums Sunday afternoon.

Anthony Lynn has talked the talk, but this weekend will prove if he walks the walk and that the team follows him. It will be interesting to see.