Kansas City Chiefs vs Los Angeles Chargers : The Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers both came out of the AFC West to make the playoffs in 2018. This year, however, the Chiefs have slumped to 6-4 after winning their first four games, making Monday’s contest their most important game of the season, according to USA Today.
Chiefs vs. Chargers
Date: Monday, Nov. 18
Start time: 8:15 p.m. ET
TV channel (national): ESPN
Live stream: ESPN App
The Chargers remain only two games off the division lead despite a 4-6 mark — meaning they need to win their Monday Night Football matchup against Kansas City to keep any realistic hopes of qualifying for the postseason alive.
Despite losing four of their last six games and coming off a disappointing upset defeat to the Tennessee Titans last week, Kansas City come in as four-point favorites, according to SI.com.
But there may be an “X” factor in the Monday night game. The Chiefs and Chargers will square off in Mexico City, where the playing surface at 87,500-seat Azteca Stadium has been so questionable that an NFL game scheduled there last season, between the Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams, was canceled and moved elsewhere. This time around, according to a Yahoo! Sports report, the ground at the home of Mexico’s national soccer team is promised to be playable.
“Everything that I’ve been told has been positive,” Chiefs Coach Andy Reid told Yahoo!
Philip Rivers greets Patrick Mahomes
Philip Rivers (l) of the Los Angeles Chargers and Patrick Mahomes (r) of the Kansas City Chiefs will meet in Mexico City on Monday. Harry How / Getty Images
The game also features a classic quarterback matchup between 16-year veteran Philip Rivers of the Chargers, and the Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes — who threw for 50 touchdowns in 2018, which was just his second season in the league and first as a full-time starter.
Rivers has spent his entire career with the Chargers, leading the team — first in San Diego and, since 2017, Los Angeles — to the postseason six times. But Rivers has never taken the team to the Super Bowl and has made it to the AFC championship game only once, in 2007, losing to the New England Patriots.
But following the 2019 season, the 37-year-old Rivers will become an unrestricted free agent, with rumors already circulating that Patriots future Hall of Fame Tom Brady, also a free agent after 2019, may replace Rivers in Los Angeles.
Mahomes returned from an injury after missing two games last week. However, his 446 passing yards and three TD passes were not good enough to overcome a leaky Chiefs’ defense that coughed up 225 rushing yards. The Kansas City defense allowed the Titans 35 points, 14 more than Tennessee’s average this season.
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Last season, the Chiefs and Chargers split their two games, with each team winning on the road. But Kansas City has won seven of the last 10 games in the series.
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Los Angeles Chargers: 5 Bold predictions, Week 11
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The Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers travel to Mexico City for a Monday Night Football clash. Bold predictions for the AFC West matchup.
There were a litany of wild results throughout the NFL in Week 10 but perhaps none were more shocking than the Kansas City Chiefs, a supposed Super Bowl favorite, blowing a lead at home to a middling Tennessee Titans team. That dropped Andy Reid, Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs to 6-4 on the year and brought about plenty of doubt and questions about this team.
On Monday Night Football from Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, the Chiefs will have the opportunity to answer those questions as they face the Los Angeles Chargers in a big AFC West matchup. This game has always been entertaining in years past, especially now that it’s Mahomes vs. Philip Rivers. And with the altitude juicing the passing games, things could be more fun — even if the Chargers are only 4-6 on the year.
But what is going to give on Monday as these clubs head south of the border? Will the Chiefs reignite their spark and get back to looking dominant before they go into their bye week? Or will the Chargers try to make a late push at a playoff spot?
To try and figure that out, let’s make five bold predictions for the Week 11 matchup and see where we land.
5. Mahomes tosses five touchdowns on Bolts
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Patrick Mahomes made his return to the field last week after missing two games due to dislocating his kneecap against the Broncos. And despite suffering the loss to the Titans, the Chiefs star quarterback and reigning MVP was quite impressive.
On the day, Mahomes completed 36-of-50 passes for 446 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. And once again, this was just 24 days removed from a scary and clearly quite painful injury that was supposed to keep him out at least one week longer than he actually was out of action.
What’s interesting, though, is that the Chargers have actually been a quality pass defense this season, conceding only 223.5 passing yards per game to opponents on the year. However, they haven’t faced a player like Mahomes yet this season, especially in the altitude where the Chiefs signal-caller’s arm can be on full display.
Mahomes will end up with a performance arguably just as impressive as what he did last week (though he’d prefer the win, to be sure). While I’d venture to say that he’ll top 400 yards passing for the second straight week, the bold prediction definitively is that he’ll toss five balls into the end zone against rival LA.