After falling short on primetime against the Dallas Cowboys, the LA Chargers have another tough test ahead as they will be on the road in Week 7 against the Kansas City Chiefs. The defending Super Bowl Champions are once again the cream of the crop in the AFC and the Chargers desperately need a win to avoid falling to 2-4.
The Chargers always play the Chiefs close, especially in Arrowhead, and Kansas City does not look as unbeatable as in years past. The offensive weapons at Patrick Mahomes' disposal are not as potent, which gave many Chargers fans a sense of security that the Bolts could maybe upset the Chiefs.
That is already a major uphill battle and it just got even steeper for the Chargers. In classic Chiefs fashion, Kansas City decided to make a key upgrade right before hosting the Chargers as the team is reuniting with Mecole Hardman via trade.
Hardman has not done much for the Jets this season but he is someone who Mahomes has plenty of experience with and is comfortable throwing the ball to. In his last full season (that wasn't cut short because of injuries) Hardman finished with 693 receiving yards.
Chiefs upgrade with the kind of trade the Chargers should be making
Not only is it annoying that the Chiefs happened to add another offensive weapon to the fold right before playing the Chargers, but it is annoying that smart teams in the NFL continue to make the same kind of trades that the Chargers should be making.
This is a Chargers team that needs help in multiple areas. The wide receiver room is one injury away from being a disaster. There is absolutely no blocking to be heard of in the tight end room. Cornerback is struggling. There are injuries galore at safety.
Teams like the Chiefs and Eagles make trades to address needs both in-season and in the offseason. The Chargers never make those moves. The team has no problem using a seventh-round pick on a third-string quarterback only to cut him but trading a late-round pick in a swap is too much to ask.
Knowing the Chargers, Hardman will make some kind of big play in Week 7 that will swing the momentum of the game. Meanwhile, fans will have to sit there knowing that the Bolts could have added Hardman if they really wanted to.