Both games against the Kansas City Chiefs this year will have a huge impact on the season. With the first matchup coming in Week 2, the home opener for the Chargers, and the second being on the road in Week 17.
The Chargers play their first game in the brand new SoFi Stadium in Week 2 against the Chiefs. Hosting the defending Super Bowl Champions is a game that every fan will be excited for. While the Chargers have played the Chiefs well over the past few seasons, the Chiefs won three of the four games since Patrick Mahomes became the full-time starter in 2018.
Where the Chargers have struggled in the past against the Chiefs has been turnovers. In the four games since 2018, the Chargers tallied 10 turnovers. With Tyrod Taylor under center for the Bolts, the Chargers should not be turning the ball over as much. Taylor is very safe with the ball and doesn’t take too many deep shots or force too many throws.
The Chargers defense has actually played the Chiefs very well. Last year, Mahomes was held to only 356 yards and two touchdowns, while throwing two interceptions in both games combined. Going into their fifth and sixth game against Mahomes, Gus Bradley and the defense have a pretty good feel for what Mahomes likes to do. With an improved and healthy defense, fans hope to expect results similar to last year’s.
Getting a win against a division rival and the defending Super Bowl Champions will be huge for the Chargers season. After going winless in the division last year, the Chargers hope to open up SoFi Stadium with a win in Week 2.
The second game against the Chiefs comes in Week 17. The Chargers close the 2020 regular season in Arrowhead. Playing the Chiefs on the road is always a tough task for any team. The three-game divisional stretch to end the season will have major playoff implications.
Every team in the division has improved this offseason, which should make for a very entertaining division race. Winning in Arrowhead will be a great confidence booster heading into the playoffs if the Chargers make it.