By Dave Thomas
Driving a 4-recreation profitable streak, the Los Angeles Chargers set their sights on AFC West rival Kansas Metropolis this Saturday night within the nation’s heartland.
Tied for first place within the AFC West at 7-6 (Chiefs personal the top-to-head tiebreaker), the Chargers will look to maintain the momentum going that they began final month with a powerful thumping of Buffalo proper earlier than Thanksgiving.
Kansas Metropolis received off the snide final Sunday with a house win over the rival Oakland Raiders. The victory snapped a 4-recreation skid that noticed the Chiefs blow a cushty lead within the division only a month in the past.
So, what can followers anticipate this Saturday when two groups on a collision course take to the famed Arrowhead Stadium?
Chargers Have All The Momentum
In profitable their final 4 contests, the Chargers have confirmed to be one of many hottest groups within the NFL of late. Even within the twilight of his profession, veteran quarterback Philip Rivers is placing up a prime-notch season. By way of thirteen video games, Rivers has thrown for three,611 yards. He has 23 touchdowns to solely seven interceptions as well. When he’s wholesome, large receiver Keenan Allen has confirmed to be one of many prime targets within the NFL. In thirteen video games this season, Allen has eighty three receptions for 1,143 yards and 5 scores. On the bottom, operating again Melvin Gordon is closing in on a 1,000-yard dashing season. Gordon has rushed for 853 yards on 229 carries and 6 touchdowns thus far.
Sure, the offense has been clicking for probably the most half throughout this profitable streak. Paradoxically, it was the winless Cleveland Browns (zero-thirteen) holding Los Angeles to its lowest scoring output of the 4-recreation streak (19 factors). When it comes to protection, Los Angeles has been lights out in current weeks.
Over the past three wins (Dallas, Cleveland, Washington), the Chargers have held their opponents to a mixed 29 factors. Not dangerous if you’re a group making a push on your first playoff go to in 4 years. Main the best way has been Jahleel Addae (eighty three complete tackles), with Joey Bosa inflicting havoc for opposing quarterbacks in tallying eleven.5 sacks. Fellow defensive finish Melvin Ingram has recorded 9 sacks up to now.
Chiefs Acquired Their Groove Again
With the world seemingly collapsing in Kansas Metropolis for the final month or so, followers have been on edge as as to if head coach Andy Reid and the Chiefs have been in for an epic collapse. In a 26-15 win over Oakland at residence final weekend, Kansas Metropolis appeared to get some or most of its mojo again.
Up to now, veteran QB Alex Smith has numbers that mirror these of his counterpart in Los Angeles. Smith has thrown for three,507 yards, with 23 touchdowns and solely 5 INT’s. For Smith, handing the ball off to operating again Kareem Hunt has been a pleasing expertise for probably the most half. Hunt has 1,046 yards dashing on 218 carries and 5 scores. Via the air, Smith has targeted totally on the duo of tight finish Travis Kelce and broad receiver Tyreek Hill, respectively. Each Kelce (945 receiving yards, seven TD’s) and Hill (986…