Chargers close things out…with a loss
Week 17: Kansas City Chiefs
Of course all Chargers fans remember the 14-point comeback against the Chiefs in Arrowhead last year to break a nine-game losing streak to them. Also like last year, though, the Chargers will split the series with the Chiefs. It seems unavoidable with how close the teams really are to each other. Plus, it would be a coaching miracle to outscore the Chiefs twice. Too many things feel like they’d have to break just right for the Chargers to sweep the Chiefs, which is why they lose at Arrowhead. Chiefs 38-Chargers 30.
Writing this article, 11-5 made sense going game by game. In the larger picture though, the Chargers are in that 9-7 to 13-3 range. And that’ll mostly come down to how the team does in the fourth quarters of close games with a pinch of pure luck. The schedule is a couple of degrees tougher than it was last season, so 11-5 made a little more sense than 12-4 in that regard as well.
Do they make the playoffs? Absolutely. The only thing to decide is whether that’s through a wildcard or an AFC West Championship. And 11-5 could be a winning mark in the division realistically, given that Kansas City has about the same schedule difficulty as Los Angeles. With all that said, let’s get to kickoff and see if any of these picks actually age well!