The Kansas City Chiefs are coming off a disappointing loss against the Tennessee Titans. This week they make the trip to Mexico City to take on the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday Night Football. Even though the Chiefs have lost two of their last three games, this is still a nice bounce-back spot for them against an inconsistent Chargers squad.
Let’s breakdown four reasons the Chiefs will defeat the Chargers in Week 11.
4. Phillip Rivers
The Chiefs defense has struggled. In years past Phillip Rivers might be a scary sight for this defense. This isn’t the same Rivers as years past though, and even against a bad defense he is going to have issues.
The Oakland Raiders pass defense is terrible, ranking dead last in the NFL, but that didn’t seem to matter to Rivers. Rivers threw for only 207 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions.
Rivers has thrown 10 interceptions this year and it’s clear he isn’t the same player as he was before. Rivers should gift the Chiefs a couple of passes, and that is going to make life easy on the AFC West leaders.
3. Chargers offensive play calling
Ken Whisenhunt is one of the more respected offensive coordinators in football, but he has made some really puzzling decisions this year. It seems when he comes into a game with a plan, he refuses to go away from it, even if it’s not working. In the last game against the Raiders, it was clear Rivers passing the ball wasn’t working and he continued to try and make it work.
Meanwhile, Melvin Gordon rushed for 108 yards in the game and could have rushed for a lot more if he was given a chance.
The play calling has been an issue all year, and it could back to bite the Chargers again on Monday.
2. LeSean McCoy is fresh
LeSean McCoy was a healthy scratch in the Chiefs last game against the Titans as the team tries to keep him ready for the stretch run.
Getting him back in this game is going to be a big boost. So far this season, he has rushed for 371 yards averaging 5.2 yards per game. There is no doubt at this point he is the best back on the roster and getting him back in this game will be a boost to the offense.
1. Patrick Mahomes
Of course, the top reason the Chiefs are going to win this game is because of quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Coming off a dislocated kneecap Mahomes threw for 446 yards, three touchdowns, and zero interceptions.
He looks healthy and the things he can do on the football field are still leaving people shocked. It doesn’t matter what type of defense he is playing, he is going to sling the ball all over the field.
Is Mahomes going to throw for another 446 yards again? Probably not, but he is still going to have another big game and lead the Chiefs to a victory.