For the first time this season, the Kansas City Chiefs will face the division rival Los Angeles Chargers. Each team is coming off close losses where they had chances to win the game. Also, both teams need a strong finish to end their seasons. While the Chiefs are still in prime position to make the playoffs, the Chargers already have six losses. They would likely need to win out, or only have one loss.
Los Angeles had high expectations for their 2019 season. However, injuries have ravaged their roster. They have seen a decrease in results defensively and offensively alike. The pass offense and pass defense has been utterly disappointing. With that said, it is time to meet the Chiefs opponent for this week. From behind enemy lines, here is our view of the Los Angeles Chargers.
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The River Has Run Its Course
Quarterback Philip Rivers has enjoyed a long, fruitful career. But this season, all that good has gone to bad. Rivers arm strength looks all but gone. Additionally, he has struggled to have a consistent time clock in his mind behind a feeble offensive line. He has had more errant throws into traffic this year too, as he has thrown plenty of interceptions.
For example, Rivers threw three interceptions against the Raiders last week. He is lucky that is the only ones he had. Two were called back due to penalties. Meanwhile, nearly half of his throws on the final drive were lame ducks for the defense to feed on. Overall this season, Rivers has thrown 10 interceptions in 10 games. To boot, he only has four interception-less games all year long.
All For Not
The Los Angeles Chargers have really built a deep defense. Unfortunately for them, they seem to be hurt by an endless number of injuries every season. One significant injury was to impact safety Derwin James. James has yet to play this season due to a foot injury. As a result, the backend of the defense has been up and down.
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The front seven is led by edge rushers Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram. Bosa has enjoyed a stellar campaign. Ingram has as well, when healthy. Despite the sacks and pressures that this front seven generates, the defense’s strong play often goes to waste. The Los Angeles Chargers defense ranks pretty strong throughout most of the top categories. They have yet to allow 30+ points in a single game this year. Furthermore, they have only allowed an average of 22.2 points per game in their six losses this season. If the defense has an impressive game, there may not be a lot that fans remember because of the disappointing team results.
Injury wise, every season seems to snake bite the Los Angeles Chargers. On the other hand, every Chargers game seems to go the exact same. Whether it’s losing in the most insane, unbelievable ways possible or winning by the skin of their teeth, the Chargers are always involved in nail biters.
This can happen to the Chiefs pretty often too. For example, all of the Chiefs losses this year have been by one score. In fact, Kansas City has not lost by more than one score since early 2016. The Chargers will have their gaffes and head scratchers each week, and yet somehow they will still catch you off guard at times. The Chiefs must be able to take advantage of any miscues that the Los Angeles Chargers make on Monday night.
That will wrap up our look at the Los Angeles Chargers from behind enemy lines. Be on the lookout for the game preview at the end of this week. For more great sports and NFL content, stay tuned to Full Press Coverage.
– Braden Holecek is the Kansas City Chiefs managing editor for Full Press Coverage. He covers the NFL. Like and follow on Follow @ebearcat9//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Follow @FPC_Chiefs//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js and Facebook.