The Chargers still have not figured that out but the Chiefs luster has worn off and the AFC West is now a three headed race with the Raiders (6-7) still in the hunt and having a Week 17 matchup against the Chargers. They're now tied with the Chiefs with a 7-6 record, but sitting behind Kansas City in the standings due to the head-to-head tiebreaker. It's led to a Saturday prime-time divisional matchup with the Los Angeles Chargers that will have arguably the greatest franchise impact of any regular season game since Andy Reid and Alex Smith arrived in 2013.
So Saturday night at Arrowhead Stadium the Chargers and Chiefs meet to see who takes control of the division.
7-6 record in '17 (12-4, won AFC West in '16).
So who wins this clash of division foes? However, their biggest issue has been being able to finish games The Chargers are famous for Chargering. The offense seems to have rebound, scoring a combined 57 points in the last two games after scoring a combined 77 points during the losing streak.
To "Charger" became a phrase synonymous with "to lose games in an unexplainably weird way", and StubHub Center road team attendance became a punchline.
Give me the Chiefs, and expect a huge game out of Marcus Peters after his suspension last week. The Chargers can trust Gordon as he hasn't fumbled this at all this season.
Can the Chiefs Penetrate the Chargers Defense? His top three passing targets this year are WR Tyreek Hill, TE Travis Kelce and RB Kareem Hunt.
For games in December, it doesn't get any bigger than this. If he hangs on and tries to wait for a big play Smith will likely end up on his back quite a bit.
With the Chargers claiming one of the league's most risky pass rushes with Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram, Smith won't have a ton of time in the pocket, but Hunt should be able to create some opportunities for the Chiefs' offense. Last week, The Raiders sacked Smith four times, and Oakland is not one of the better sacking teams.
There's been much to celebrate for the Chargers as of late.
This has been an unprecedented comeback from 0-4, but it could be that the Chargers have even more unprecedented history to write. Or will they somehow let all of us fans down like seasons' past? Of course, then they still have to deal with Keenan Allen on the intermediate stuff and that's no picnic either. The Bolts are one of the hottest teams in the league right now, and outside of a good game played against the Oakland Raiders last weekend, this Chiefs team is lost.
The Chargers and Chiefs are pretty even in this one, and the line represents that fact by the listing as even. They throw the ball well when Rivers is protected, and they stop the pass on the other end.
Lynn was quick to point out that both teams have changed since they met in late September, and not just in the direction of their seasons. This game will come down to which team will protect their quarterback better.
The team's best cornerback has 19 passes defended and 4 interceptions this term, picking up the AFC defensive player of the month for November. The question needs to be asked if Peters' return will help or hurt the team.
The Chiefs are so hard to predict on a week-to-week basis.
When you play one of your division rivals with major stakes on the line, you want to go into the contest healthy. Through this incredible 7-2 run, the Chargers have not turned the ball over and they have committed very few penalties. This team is built to win in the AFC West and they'll do just that against the Chargers. They make it eight on Saturday night.