The LA Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs square off on Thursday Night Football in what is bound to be an exciting showcase for NFL fans. This game is as important as a Week 2 game can be as it will give the winner an early advantage in the chase for the AFC West crown.
For the Chargers, this win could signal a true arrival of the team being a Super Bowl contender. While the Chargers have beaten the Chiefs in each of the last two years, defeating them here would be a statement after the offseason that LA had.
With an extremely easy slate after Week 2, the Chargers could parlay a 2-0 start into a 5-0 start before they face the Denver Broncos for the first time on Monday Night Football.
Plenty of Chargers fans have been parading around the fact that Justin Herbert has never lost in Kansas City but that should not be the main talking point of this game. Instead, Chiefs fans should be fearing the fact that this game is on primetime, which elevates Justin Herbert to an entirely new level.
Primetime Justin Herbert is a real thing for the LA Chargers.
We have seen Herbert do some pretty remarkable things on primetime. His first primetime game against the New Orleans Saints in 2020 should have yielded a surprise victory if it was not for a missed field goal. Later that season Herbert and the Chargers beat the Las Vegas Raiders in the infamous "I was in!" game.
Last season the Chargers doubled their primetime games from two to four. Herbert beat the Raiders yet again, this time on Monday Night Football, and later had the best game of his career on the ground in a win over the Steelers on Sunday Night Football.
LA then had two late primetime games against the Chiefs and Raiders that Herbert was excellent in, but the team lost. Both games went to overtime. In fact, all three of Herbert's primetime losses came in overtime, signaling that it is really hard to beat this guy in regulation when the lights shine the brightest.
Patrick Mahomes has been great in primetime as well. He has a 66.5% completion with 51 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 21 primetime games. He averages 296.5 yards per game.
It is undoubtedly going to be a slugfest for these two AFC West foes and if the Chargers do end up emerging victoriously in the game it is going to be because primetime Justin Hebert took over yet again.