The LA Chargers host the Kansas City Chiefs in the biggest game of the season for either team. This game is going to decide the fate of the AFC West, with the winner more than likely taking home the AFC West crown. While there is still three weeks left to play, this will be the game that ultimately decides the division race.
In previous years, this may have seemed like a daunting task to beat the Chiefs this late in the season on a short week. However, the Bolts have already beaten the Chiefs this season and KC simply is not the same dominant team that they have been. However, they are still a very good football team and the Chargers are going to have to play a mistake-free game in order to beat Patrick Mahomes and co. for a second time in one season.
Not only do the Bolts have to play mistake-free, but they also need to ensure that they win the matchups against weak areas of the Chiefs roster to turn the game in their favor.
3 Chiefs that the Chargers must exploit to win on Thursday Night Football:
1. Lucas Niang/Andrew Wylie
Regardless of who starts at right tackle for the Kansas City Chiefs, it is going to be the weak point of the offensive line and the Chargers must take advantage. The defensive line has actually played quite well over the last few weeks and that, mixed with Joey Bosa on the right tackle, could cause a long day for Patrick Mahomes.
Lucas Niang missed some time with injury and while he returned to action against the Raiders last week he did not play much. In his place has been Andrew Wylie, who has been worse than Niang. Even though Niang is the better option, he is still not that great of a right tackle.
Niang has allowed 21 pressures this season and allowed six pressures last time the Chargers played the Chiefs. Sure, he had a really good game against the New York Giants but that is not saying much. Against good pass-rushers, Niang has been exposed.
Winning this matchup and making sure the Chiefs pay for it as much as humanely possible is going to be a big part of the Chargers' defensive success in this game.