The Chiefs are coming off a devastating loss to the Baltimore Ravens, losing by just one point on Sunday night football.
I was traveling during the NFL‘s Sunday night football game, so I didn’t catch much of the game. But from what I did see, I wasn’t happy. The game started off great, with Tyrann Mathieu’s pick-six. But the game went downhill from there, with Patrick Mahomes throwing an interception and Clyde Edwards-Helaire fumbling in the end zone late in the game.
Chiefs Game Preview (1-1)
I thought for sure Patrick Mahomes was going to throw for over 500 yards against the Ravens, but he only threw for 343 yards. He did have three touchdowns, but also one interception that was a really stupid mistake by Mahomes. The good thing about him is he will watch the film and learn from it. That is just what he does, and he usually comes out better than ever.
The loss against the Ravens could light a fire within the Chiefs after their dreams of going undefeated ended in week 2. With a big division game on the line, it is a fight for the playoffs. And for the Chiefs to get the W, players need to start stepping up.
Tyreek Hill had an impressive game one, but only had 15 rushing yards and no touchdowns in game two. Travis Kelce continues to rack up the stats, with one touchdown and 109 receiving yards in week 2. The Chiefs might want to stick to the passing game with Kelce dominating since running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire had only 46 rushing yards and a costly fumble during last Sunday night’s game.
But the work really needs to be done on the other side of the ball. Mathieu did have a pick-six and another interception in week 2 after not playing week 1. But the rest of the defense hasn’t done much except let teams run all over them, giving up an insane amount of yards. On top of that, Frank Clark isn’t expected to play on Sunday against the Chargers.
Full Chiefs Vs. Chargers Odds
Chargers Game Preview (1-1)
The Chargers are also 1-1, losing to the Dallas Cowboys in week 2. Quarterback Justin Herbert might only have a year in the NFL under his belt, but he is looking really good this season, throwing for 338 yards and one touchdown last Sunday. He did have two interceptions, so there is a good chance Mathieu will catch another interception or two this week.
Even though the Chiefs have given up a lot of rushing yards this season, the Chargers haven’t been putting up a lot of yards, which could be a good thing for the Chiefs’ defense. Running back Austin Ekeler had only 54 rushing yards in week 2 against the Cowboys.
The Chiefs’ defense will need to make sure they are guarding Keenan Allen, who had 108 receiving yards last Sunday and 100 yards in week 1. Kansas City will also want to keep an eye on Mike Williams, who ended week 2 with 91 yards and one touchdown.
As for Los Angeles’ defense, they will be putting pressure on Mahomes. But their top defensive player, Joey Bosa, who had a sack in week 1, is questionable against the Chiefs.
AFC West Division Odds
The AFC West is always competitive and with all of the teams stepping up their game to compete with the Chiefs, it is getting even more competitive.
The Las Vegas Raiders and Denver Broncos are currently 2-0. The Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers are both 1-1, so this division game is big. The Raiders are favored by top sportsbook apps to beat the Miami Dolphins this week and the Denver Broncos have an excepted easy game against the New York Jets, meaning both of the undefeated AFC West teams could remain that way going into week 4.