LA Chargers: AFC West Week 1 recap — how do the Bolts compare?

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Kansas City Chiefs defeat Houston Texans, 34-20

Important stats/trends from Week 1:

The LA Chargers have to play the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2, so these trends are more important than some of the other teams. The Chiefs have some extra days to gameplan for the Chargers and what the Bolts take away from the Chiefs’ Week 1 win is improtant.

The most notable player from Week 1 was Clyde Edwards-Helaire. The rookie running back out of LSU carried the ball 25 times for 138 yards and a touchdown. The Chargers did a good job in limiting Joe Mixon in Week 1 and the same effort will be needed against Kansas City.

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Patrick Mahomes was not fantastic in Week 1 but he was still Patrick Mahomes. Letting the Chiefs add a new running dynamic is not preferable.

It is also important to keep an eye on Chris Jones. The recently-signed defensive tackle had 1.5 sacks and 1.5 tackles for loss in this game and was terrorizing Houston’s offensive line all game. The Chargers’ interior line consisted of all backups in Week 1, and if that is the case in Week 2, Chris Jones might make enough of a defensive impact alone to win this game for the Chiefs.

How the LA Chargers compare to the Kansas City Chiefs:

Look, this is kind of a formality because we are doing it with the other teams as well, but the Chargers are not yet close to the Chiefs. LA does have a defense that has been historically good against the Chiefs and they could absolutely limit KC’s offense, but the Chargers’ offense has to be much better to win the game.

The Chiefs are the defending Super Bowl Champions for a reason and the Chargers simply are not on the same level. Very few teams are.