Week 11 vs. Kansas City, Week 13 at Denver
Vs. Kansas City
The next time the Chargers are on the field, it will be on Monday Night Football in Mexico. This will be considered a ‘home’ game for the Chargers, just as it was last year for the Los Angeles Rams when they were scheduled to face the Kansas City Chiefs in Mexico.
Due to concerns over the condition of the field, the game was moved back to Los Angeles and the Rams won a shootout, 54-51. That doesn’t figure to be the case here, so the game will take place at Aztec Stadium.
Any hopes that Patrick Mahomes would not be available for this game have been dashed as well, as Mahomes will return this Sunday against the Tennessee Titans, missing just two and a half games with a dislocated knee.
In two games against the Chargers last season, Mahomes threw six touchdown passes, including four in the first start of his career.
The Chargers were able to defeat the Chiefs in the second meeting last year, a 29-28 road win that saw a two-point conversion with just seconds left in the game. The Chiefs haven’t forgotten that game and will look for a little revenge here.
The Chargers have a decent amount of rest ahead of them for this one but the Chiefs are the better team. Still, the Chargers know this is a game they have to find a way to win. Look for them to keep it close, but it just won’t be good enough.
Chiefs 27, Chargers 23
The Broncos were already able to defeat the Chargers once this season, but they are a team with a lot of issues. In addition, they had Joe Flacco at quarterback for that win and in this game, will have Brandon Allen and perhaps even Drew Lock making the start.
Again, it’s a divisional game and the Broncos have long been a thorn in the side of the Chargers, so neither team is likely to win this one going away.
The Chargers will do enough to get the win. In doing so, their logo will stay up on all of those “in the hunt” graphics that NFL Network and other stations show during their telecasts, even though there will be little hope of them actually getting into the playoffs at this point.
The Chargers will also be coming off of their bye going into this game, so that will be a huge factor in a win over Denver.
Chargers 20, Broncos 16