Good morning Chargers fans! Game time is right around the corner and we didn’t want to let you all go without this week’s predictions, of course!
Is there added confidence in the offense this week as they go up against a KC defense that’s dead last in yards allowed? Can Brandon Staley prove he’s the real deal by mitigating the Chiefs’ offense? So many questions and more are expected to be answered today so let’s get to it!
Go ahead and check out our predictions below and tell us in the comments whether or not you agree/disagree!
This is an excellent opportunity for the Chargers and their new staff to show that they’re for real early on. Not only do they get the Chiefs in Arrowhead for their first divisional game of 2021, Kansas City has the worst total defense in the NFL through two weeks. The offense — which is averaging a meager 18.5 points per game so far — should be salivating at the chance to put up points against this unit that is currently allowing an average of 32.5 PPG. Take away star pass-rusher Frank Clark and the task of moving the football is even easier in this one.
I think this game ends up being what the Cowboys game should have been: a shootout in which the team that scores last pulls it out. I’m going with a final score prediction of 31-30 in which the Chiefs just narrowly win with a late field goal. Until the Chargers show they can win a game like this, I’ll always give the nod to the team who this type of thing all the time.
Some key names on the Chargers defense are banged up this week and even at full strength this Chiefs offense is hard to contain. Meanwhile the Chiefs were exposed last week with a heavy rushing attack and play action. Look for the Chargers to give Austin Ekeler some heavy usage, and I could also see a Joshua Palmer mini breakout this week.
I think ultimately the Chargers fall in this one 20-14.
This is the week the Chargers finally get going with the ground game. Their strategy, like all teams that play the Chiefs, will be to keep the ball out of Patrick Mahomes hands and they will do that with a steady dose of running the rock. Austin Ekeler will get 80+ yards rushing and a TD on Sunday but it’s not going to be enough on the road against the explosive KC offense. Chiefs will win on a field goal on the last possession 20-17.