They have had big wins this season including one over Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, the same team that went into Arrowhead Stadium and beat the Chiefs.
Even though the Chargers are underdogs in this game, they can still win this game. Let’s breakdown four reasons the Chargers can pull the upset.
4. Joey Bosa
Joey Bosa has been an issue for offensive lines all season, and even though the Chiefs are expected to be at full strength on the line, a couple are coming off injuries and they might be a step slow.
Bosa requires extra attention which opens up other guys to rush the passer and hopefully get pressure on Patrick Mahomes. If the Chiefs decide not to double team Bosa, he can do the damage himself and frustrate the Chiefs.
3. Keenan Allen and Mike Williams
Philip Rivers has been up and down this season but two guys who have been consistently good have been receivers Mike Williams and Keenan Allen. Allen has caught 62 passes for 725 yards while Williams has hauled in 31 passes for 585 yards.
The Chiefs might be able to slow down one, but they won’t be able to take away both. When the Chargers need a big catch to move the chains, both of these guys can be counted on, and against a below-average Chiefs defense, they both should have big games.
2. Practice location
The practice location for the Chargers the last week might seem like a small thing but it could have a big impact on the outcome of the game.
The Chargers started practicing last Monday at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado to try and get used to the altitude in Mexico City.
“I’ve talked with the Rams, I’ve talked with someone from the Patriots,” Lynn said via The Kansas City Star. “They came here and did the same thing, so that played a role and factored in, as well — just the science behind it.”
The Chiefs decided to not mess with their routine and didn’t practice in the altitude leading into the game. Late in the game it wouldn’t be shocking to see the Chiefs defense winded. If that is the case, that is a big advantage to the Chargers.
1. Melvin Gordon
Melvin Gordon seems to finally be in a rhythm and is coming off a game against the Oakland Raiders where he rushed 22 times for 108 yards and a touchdown.
The Chargers know they need to slow down the pace of play in this game and really grind out offensive possessions to take time off the clock.
Gordon’s success with rushing the ball should pay off big for the Chargers in this game, especially because the Chiefs are giving up 148.1 yards per game on the ground which is 30th in the league.
There is no doubt it’s going to be a tough game, but the Chargers have the tools to win this game.