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SPOILER: Four predictions for Los Angeles Chargers’ tilt against Chiefs

CARSON, CA - DECEMBER 10: Running back Melvin Gordon #28 (second from left) of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates with Spencer Pulley #73, Hunter Henry #86, and Keenan Allen #13 after scoring on a one yard touchdown run in the third quarter against the Washington Redskins on December 10, 2017 at StubHub Center in Carson, California. The Chargers won 30-16. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - DECEMBER 10: Running back Melvin Gordon #28 (second from left) of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates with Spencer Pulley #73, Hunter Henry #86, and Keenan Allen #13 after scoring on a one yard touchdown run in the third quarter against the Washington Redskins on December 10, 2017 at StubHub Center in Carson, California. The Chargers won 30-16. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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CARSON, CA – DECEMBER 10: Running back Melvin Gordon
CARSON, CA – DECEMBER 10: Running back Melvin Gordon

It’s the day Los Angeles Chargers’ fans have been waiting for: round two of LA versus KC. The Bolts travel to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs for a fight for first place in the AFC West. A win puts playoff hopes at a season high, while a loss might put a wrap on a baffling season.

Philip Rivers and the offense are blazing. The defense has been dominant against anyone and everyone as of late. It all comes down to Saturday night, aka the Chargers’ game of the year. I’ve made four predictions set to appear on Saturday’s stat sheet.

My predictions total on the year: 6-36.

Prediction One: Chargers keep KC under 100 total rushing yards

CARSON, CA – DECEMBER 03: Trevor Williams
CARSON, CA – DECEMBER 03: Trevor Williams

It may seem a little odd being the Bolts are widely considered one of the worst teams against the run. However, an opposing team hasn’t rushed for 100 yards since the Bolts stomped the Bills a few weeks ago.

The interior of the Chiefs’ offensive line will be without its starting center. Not to mention, Kareem Hunt’s red-hot rookie season has cooled off.

With Denzel Perryman and Jatavis Brown roaming the second level of the Chargers’ defense, L.A. fans will finally watch what they crave: a division win.

However, for the Bolts to exit Arrowhead Stadium as victors, they need to bottle up Hunt.

The key to the containment of a promising rookie is an early lead, which has been a breeze for L.A. the last couple games.

Prediction Two: Keenan Allen torches Chiefs’ secondary for 100+ receiving yards and two TDs

CARSON, CA – DECEMBER 10: Wide receiver Keenan Allen
CARSON, CA – DECEMBER 10: Wide receiver Keenan Allen

All that can be said about Keenan Allen’s recent performances is holy smokes.

He’s gone for 100 or more receiving yards in his last four contests, which doesn’t make it too much of a head scratcher to predict he does it again this weekend.

Marcus Peters will return for the Chiefs, but Allen is no regular pass catcher.

It’s well documented how he uses his first step off the line of scrimmage to completely turn cornerbacks the wrong direction.

Then of course he uses his route running skills to break free from even the best of defensive backs.

Although Peters is an elite corner and could find ways to stay with Allen, Philip Rivers hasn’t had trouble throwing him open.

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