For weeks, the Los Angeles Chargers have fallen flat in the red zone. In their last two contests, the Bolts have been inside the red zone 10 times. They scored a touchdown only three times. That’s not going to cut it against KC.Settling for field goals allowed the Cleveland Browns to hang around a few weeks ago. If the Chargers offense is grooving like it has recently, effective red zone trips could end this game quickly.
The game against Oakland, with Marcus Peters serving his one-game suspension, provided the an opportunity to review Revis in a much bigger role and after having been practicing for longer than a week. Additionally, with the Chiefs defense seemingly playing so much better than it did the week before, it made sense to see what role Revis played in that. So naturally, I went back and watched the film.
And now I’m struggling to control my optimism.
Let’s get down to it. The Arrowhead Pride staff — the bloggers that blog right here on this blog! — has made their picks for the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers game. Both teams are 7-6 and the latest odds have the Chargers as a 1-point favorite at Arrowhead on Saturday night.
Never would anyone have believed that the Chargers would later in the year go to Arrowhead as a road favorite. It was preposterous then, and it is preposterous now.
But never has their winning streak over the Chargers seemed as tenuous going into a game as it does heading into Saturday night’s meeting between the teams at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chargers, winners of four straight games and seven of their past nine, have most of the momentum. The Chiefs only last week snapped a four-game losing streak by beating the Raiders.
Defensive coordinator Bob Sutton, who has coached Nelson for three years now, knows that football matters to Nelson, which is why Sutton wasn’t surprised by the third-year corner’s impressive bounce-back performance in the Chiefs’ next game, a 26-15 win over the Oakland Raiders.
“Highly competitive player,” Sutton said. “He’ll battle ya to the end of the game. He loves playing, and he practices at a high, high tempo ... he’s going to always play hard.”
They’ve stayed relatively healthy…they’ve kept competing…they’ve found the right balance on offense…the defense is more comfortable and confident in its scheme...they are producing timely turnovers…the coverage and kicking games have improved…the team has played smarter, reducing its penalties and turnovers…
The Chargers are exhibiting a complementary brand of football that often only surfaces when a team cares for each other and relishes the game.
“You can’t be oblivious to it. Nah. It’s gonna be live,” Addae said. “It’s going to be a playoff atmosphere, playoff intentions in a crazy atmosphere, one of the best stadiums in the league. It’s two opponents who know one another. It’s going to be what it is. It’ll have that feel to it. This is what you live for.”
Thirteen games into the season, the Los Angeles Chargers are tied with the Kansas City Chiefs for first place in the AFC West, and the two teams play each other on Saturday.
As The Associated Press put it, “It’s as close as you’ll find to a de facto championship game.”
Yet ask San Diegans where the relationship stands now, and some will say it’s complicated.
While many in San Diego dropped the team like a bad habit when the Chargers moved to Los Angeles this season, this is exactly the sort of game those fans would have loved to see the San Diego Chargers play.
The hype for the matchup is out of this world.