Defensive line: Advantage, LA Chargers
The Kansas City Chiefs do have a really good defensive line that is probably going to give Tyrod Taylor a really hard time on Sunday. The line is led by Chris Jones and Frank Clark.
However, Joey Bosa is the best defensive lineman on either team and Melvin Ingram is third at worst. Throw in Linval Joseph, who had a huge impact in Week 1, and the advantage already goes to LA. If Jerry Tillery can continue to make an impact then it sways even further in the Chargers’ favor.
Linebackers: Advantage, LA Chargers
The Chargers took a huge blow early in Week 1 when Drue Tranquill went down with a lower leg injury. He broke his fibula and will be out for quite some time, likely the entire season. However, even without him, the Chargers have a solid linebacker room consisting of Kenneth Murray, Kyzir White, Denzel Perryman and Nick Vigil.
It definitely is worse off without Tranquill and I do think that the Chiefs have an underrated linebacker room, but I still give the edge to LA.
Cornerbacks: Advantage, LA Chargers
Casey Hayward won the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for a reason and Chris Harris was solid in his Chargers’ debut. The big x-factor is how Michael Davis can perform against Tyreek Hill. This is probably the biggest advantage yet for the Chargers.
Safeties: Advantage, Kansas City Chiefs
I think the Chargers’ safeties are still a work in progress but they did a good job of balancing Rayshawn Jenkins, Nasir Adderley and Desmond King at the two positions.
However, while I still do not think the Chiefs are fantastic at safety, it is really close and since Kansas City has the best safety of either team, Tyrann Mathieu, they get the slight edge.
Overall defensive advantage: LA Chargers