NFL Game Previews: Chiefs-Chargers Matchup
NFL Game Previews: Chiefs-Chargers Matchup

This article is part of our NFL Game Previews series.

Kansas City vs. L.A. Chargers (+3.5) in Mexico City, 52.0 o/u Monday, 8:15 p.m. EST

This game being played in Estadio Azteca — 7,200 feet above sea level — presents an interesting set of challenges. Last year's game here between the Chiefs and Rams had to be relocated when the field wasn't in any condition to host an NFL game, but presumably that won't be an issue this time around. Kansas City comes stumbling into this one having lost four of its last six, and the injury to Patrick Mahomes can't explain last week's loss to Tennessee. With Damien Williams seemingly reclaiming the top spot in the backfield, the offense could be ready to return to juggernaut status, but the defense still needs to give a more consistent effort to avoid the Chiefs coming out on the wrong end of more shootouts. The Chargers looked like they were gearing up for their usual second-half surge, but last week's loss to the Raiders was an unexpected speed bump. Melvin Gordon and the running game have looked much improved under new OC Shane Steichen, but that turnaround hasn't extended to Philip Rivers. The 37-year-old is looking his age, and a 7:8 TD:INT over the last six games just isn't going to cut it. The Bolts' offensive line has done a good job protecting him — it's ninth in sack percentage allowed — but if the Chiefs' pass rush (seventh in sack percentage) can make him uncomfortable in the pocket, it could

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Erik Siegrist
Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.
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