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Los Angeles Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs Pick & Prediction DEC 29TH 2019

The Kansas City Chiefs can't control their playoff seeding situation - they need the Miami Dolphins to provide some unlikely help in that area - but will try to do their part when they host the division rival Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday. The Chiefs have clinched their fourth straight AFC West title and can still get the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye with a win and a New England loss at home against Miami.

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The Chiefs are seemingly peaking at the right time, having won five straight - including three by 20 points or more and a 23-16 victory at New England - and hope to keep the positive momentum rolling as they enter the playoffs. The hot streak began with a 24-17 win over the Chargers in Mexico City in Week 11 - Kansas City's 10th win in the past 11 meetings. The Chargers are relegated to the role of spoiler after a 24-17 loss to Oakland last week sent them to their second consecutive defeat and fifth in six games. Nine of Los Angeles' 10 losses have come by seven points or fewer.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Kansas City -9 O/U: 44.5

ABOUT THE CHARGERS (5-10): Los Angeles has had a tough time getting the ground game going for most of the season and has held to a season-low 19 rushing yards last week against the Raiders. The passing game can still be effective and Philip Rivers passed for a season-high 353 yards in the first meeting with the Chiefs - one of few quarterbacks who has been able to pick apart Kansas City's much-improved secondary, although he threw a season-high four interceptions. The Chargers' defense is tough against the pass, which makes it a good matchup against a Chiefs' offense that leans heavily on the pass.

ABOUT THE CHIEFS (11-4): Kansas City plans to play to win, but if the Patriots get out to a big early lead, don't be surprised to see some of the Chiefs' stars on the bench saving themselves for a wild-card game next week. That would include reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes, as well as favorite targets Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce. It also applies to some of the stars of the Chiefs' defense, which has held three straight opponents to fewer than 280 total yards and has allowed more than 400 only once in the past nine games after doing so in four of the first six games of the season.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Mahomes needs 143 passing yards to join Trent Green as the only players in franchise history with back-to-back 4,000-yard passing seasons.

2. Chargers RB Austin Ekeler has scored a touchdown in eight straight regular-season road games.

3. Kansas City DT Chris Jones has a sack in three of his past four contests.

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Los Angeles Chargers

Kansas City Chiefs

Player Position Lineup
Keenan Allen primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Joey Bosa primary: Defensive End Starter
Michael Davis primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Dan Feeney primary: Left Guard Starter
Melvin Gordon III primary: Runningback Starter
Casey Hayward Jr. primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Hunter Henry primary: Tight End Starter
Melvin Ingram III primary: Defensive End Starter
Derwin James Jr. primary: Safety Starter
Rayshawn Jenkins primary: Safety Starter
Justin Jones primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Brandon Mebane primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Denzel Perryman primary: Linebacker Starter
Adrian Phillips primary: Defensive Back Starter
Scott Quessenberry primary: Center Starter
Philip Rivers primary: Quarterback Starter
Michael Schofield primary: Right Guard Starter
Sam Tevi primary: Right Tackle Starter
Mike Williams primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Thomas Davis Sr. primary: Linebacker Starter
Andre Patton primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Trey Pipkins III primary: Left Tackle Starter
Michael Badgley primary: Kicker Substitution
Jatavis Brown primary: Linebacker Substitution
Nick Dzubnar primary: Linebacker Substitution
Austin Ekeler primary: Runningback Substitution
Brandon Facyson primary: Cornerback Substitution
Virgil Green primary: Tight End Substitution
Justin Jackson primary: Runningback Substitution
Desmond King II primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Uchenna Nwosu primary: Linebacker Substitution
Isaac Rochell primary: Defensive End Substitution
Trent Scott primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Damion Square primary: Nose Tackle Substitution
Derek Watt primary: Fullback Substitution
Kyzir White primary: Linebacker Substitution
Ty Long primary: Punter Substitution
Troymaine Pope primary: Runningback Substitution
Cole Mazza primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Jerry Tillery primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Drue Tranquill primary: Linebacker Substitution
Emeke Egbule primary: Linebacker Substitution
Jason Moore primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Lance Kendricks primary: Tight End Substitution
Ryan Groy primary: Center Substitution
Russell Okung primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Jaylen Watkins primary: Safety Not active
Tyrod Taylor primary: Quarterback Did not play
Spencer Drango primary: Guard Not active
Easton Stick primary: Quarterback Not active
Roderic Teamer Jr. primary: Safety Not active
Sylvester Williams primary: Defensive Tackle Not active
Jalen Guyton primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Player Position Lineup
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif primary: Right Guard Starter
Eric Fisher primary: Left Tackle Starter
Tyreek Hill primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Anthony Hitchens primary: Linebacker Starter
Chris Jones primary: Right Defensive Tackle Starter
Travis Kelce primary: Tight End Starter
Tanoh Kpassagnon primary: Left Defensive End Starter
Patrick Mahomes primary: Quarterback Starter
Derrick Nnadi primary: Left Defensive Tackle Starter
Austin Reiter primary: Center Starter
Mitchell Schwartz primary: Right Tackle Starter
Daniel Sorensen primary: Defensive Back Starter
Charvarius Ward primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Sammy Watkins primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Damien Williams primary: Runningback Starter
Tyrann Mathieu primary: Strong Safety Starter
Damien Wilson primary: Linebacker Starter
Bashaud Breeland primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Frank Clark primary: Right Defensive End Starter
Mecole Hardman primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Juan Thornhill primary: Free Safety Starter
Stefen Wisniewski primary: Left Guard Starter
Harrison Butker primary: Kicker Substitution
Dustin Colquitt primary: Punter Substitution
Cameron Erving primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Kendall Fuller primary: Cornerback Substitution
Jordan Lucas primary: Safety Substitution
Ben Niemann primary: Linebacker Substitution
Dorian O'Daniel primary: Linebacker Substitution
Byron Pringle primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Reggie Ragland primary: Linebacker Substitution
Demarcus Robinson primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Anthony Sherman primary: Fullback Substitution
Armani Watts primary: Safety Substitution
James Winchester primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Blake Bell primary: Tight End Substitution
Khalen Saunders primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Rashad Fenton primary: Cornerback Substitution
Darwin Thompson primary: Runningback Substitution
Nick Allegretti primary: Guard Substitution
Darron Lee primary: Linebacker Substitution
Mike Pennel primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Demone Harris primary: Defensive End Substitution
Terrell Suggs primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
Chad Henne primary: Quarterback Not active
Xavier Williams primary: Defensive Tackle Not active
Andrew Wylie primary: Guard Not active
Deon Yelder primary: Tight End Not active
Morris Claiborne primary: Cornerback Not active
Matt Moore primary: Quarterback Did not play
LeSean McCoy primary: Runningback Did not play
Alex Brown primary: Defensive Back Not active
Jackson Barton primary: Offensive Tackle Not active

Los Angeles Chargers

Kansas City Chiefs

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 40 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Harrison Butker
  • Period 2
  • MIN 2
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 24 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Demarcus Robinson
    • Passer: Patrick Mahomes
    • Conv Kicker: Harrison Butker
  • MIN 11
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 12 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Keenan Allen
    • Passer: Philip Rivers
    • Conv Kicker: Michael Badgley
  • Period 3
  • MIN 6
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 84 Yards
    • Rusher: Damien Williams
    • Conv Kicker: Harrison Butker
  • MIN 12
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Kickoff Return
    • 104 Yards
    • Kickoff Returner: Mecole Hardman
    • Conv Kicker: Harrison Butker
  • MIN 13
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 5 Yards
    • Rusher: Melvin Gordon III
    • Conv Kicker: Michael Badgley
  • Period 4
  • MIN 2
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 7 Yards
    • Rusher: Damien Williams
    • Conv Kicker: Harrison Butker
  • MIN 5
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 8 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Hunter Henry
    • Passer: Philip Rivers
    • Conv Kicker: Michael Badgley
  • Match End

GAMES

Last 10

W 30% L 70%
3 7
  • N.Y. Jets W 28 - 34
  • @Miami L 21 - 29
  • Las Vegas L 31 - 26
  • @Denver L 30 - 31
  • Jacksonville W 29 - 39
  • @New Orleans L 27 - 30
  • @Tampa Bay L 31 - 38
  • Carolina L 21 - 16
  • Kansas City L 23 - 20
  • @Cincinnati W 16 - 13
W 89% L 11%
8 1
  • @Las Vegas W 35 - 31
  • Carolina W 31 - 33
  • N.Y. Jets W 9 - 35
  • @Denver W 43 - 16
  • @Buffalo W 26 - 17
  • Las Vegas L 40 - 32
  • New England W 10 - 26
  • New England D 0 - 0
  • @Baltimore W 34 - 20
  • @L.A. Chargers W 23 - 20

Next Games

  • @Buffalo(09-16-18) W 31 - 20
  • New England(12-07-14) L 23 - 14
  • Atlanta(09-23-12) L 27 - 3
  • @Las Vegas(11-07-19) L 24 - 26
  • Denver(10-06-19) L 20 - 13
  • @Tampa Bay(10-14-12) L 10 - 38
  • Denver(12-15-19) W 3 - 23
  • @Miami(09-21-14) W 34 - 15
  • @New Orleans(08-09-13) L 13 - 17
  • Atlanta(09-09-12) L 40 - 24

Last Meetings

  • Chiefs @ Chargers 23-20
  • Chargers @ Chiefs 21-31
  • Chiefs @ Chargers 24-17
  • Chargers @ Chiefs 29-28
  • Chiefs @ Chargers 38-28
  • Chargers @ Chiefs 13-30
  • Chiefs @ Chargers 24-10
  • Chiefs @ Chargers 37-27
  • Chargers @ Chiefs 27-33
  • Chargers @ Chiefs 3-10

American Football Conference

AFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Buffalo Bills73 0.7000.00.00.0 4-13-27-0-3
Miami Dolphins64 0.6001.00.00.0 3-23-26-0-4
New England Patriots46 0.4003.00.00.0 3-21-44-0-6
New York Jets010 0.0007.00.00.0 0-50-50-0-10
AFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Pittsburgh Steelers100 01.0000.00.00.0 5-05-010-0-0
Cleveland Browns73 0.7003.00.00.0 5-12-27-0-3
Baltimore Ravens64 0.6004.00.00.0 2-34-16-0-4
Cincinnati Bengals27 1.2227.50.00.0 2-20-52-1-7
AFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Tennessee Titans73 0.7000.00.00.0 4-23-17-0-3
Indianapolis Colts73 0.7000.00.00.0 4-13-27-0-3
Houston Texans37 0.3004.00.00.0 2-31-43-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars19 0.1006.00.00.0 1-40-51-0-9
AFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Kansas City Chiefs91 0.9000.00.00.0 4-15-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders64 0.6003.00.00.0 2-34-16-0-4
Denver Broncos46 0.4005.00.00.0 2-32-34-0-6
Los Angeles Chargers37 0.3006.00.00.0 2-31-43-0-7

National Football Conference

NFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Philadelphia Eagles36 1.3330.00.00.0 2-21-43-1-6
Washington Football Team37 0.3000.50.00.0 3-30-43-0-7
New York Giants37 0.3000.50.00.0 2-31-43-0-7
Dallas Cowboys37 0.3000.50.00.0 2-31-43-0-7
NFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Green Bay Packers73 0.7000.00.00.0 3-14-27-0-3
Chicago Bears55 0.5002.00.00.0 2-33-25-0-5
Detroit Lions46 0.4003.00.00.0 1-33-34-0-6
Minnesota Vikings46 0.4003.00.00.0 1-43-24-0-6
NFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
New Orleans Saints82 0.8000.00.00.0 5-13-18-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers74 0.6361.50.00.0 3-24-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers47 0.3644.50.00.0 2-42-34-0-6
Atlanta Falcons37 0.3005.00.00.0 1-42-33-0-7
NFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Los Angeles Rams73 0.7000.00.00.0 4-03-37-0-3
Seattle Seahawks73 0.7000.00.00.0 5-02-37-0-3
Arizona Cardinals64 0.6001.00.00.0 3-23-26-0-4
San Francisco 49ers46 0.4003.00.00.0 1-43-24-0-6

Last Injuries

Kansas City Chiefs

  • Sammy Watkins

    Hamstring
    day-to-day | questionable

    Watkins was sidelined the last game due to a right hamstring injury, and it has yet to be established if he will suit up Week 12 against the Buccaneers.

  • Byron Pringle

    Ankle
    day-to-day | questionable

    Pringle departed the last game due to an ankle injury, and it is unknown if he will be available Week 12 against the Buccaneers.

  • Mitchell Schwartz

    Back
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Schwartz has been placed on the injured reserve list due to a back injury. It is uncertain when he will get back in the lineup.

  • Bopete Keyes

    Illness
    day-to-day | questionable

    Keyes was held out of the previous game due to an illness, and it is unclear if he will play Week 12 versus the Buccaneers.

  • Taco Charlton

    Leg
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Charlton will miss an extended period while on the injured reserve list due to a right lower-leg fracture.

  • James O'Shaughnessy

    Knee
    day-to-day | questionable

    O'Shaughnessy sat out the previous game due to a knee injury, and it is undetermined if he will dress for Week 12 with the Browns.

  • Alex Okafor

    Hamstring
    Prob Sun | probable

    Okafor has been taken off the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list after healing from a hamstring injury. He is likely to return Sunday against the Raiders.

  • Antonio Hamilton

    Hamstring
    Prob Sun | probable

    Hamilton was removed from the last game with a hamstring injury, but he is projected to play Sunday against the Raiders.

Los Angeles Chargers

  • Uchenna Nwosu

    Shoulder
    Mid Dec | out

    Nwosu is out of commission due to a shoulder injury, and he is expected to miss at least three weeks.

  • Kyzir White

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    White has hit the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and it is unknown how long he will stay on the IR.

  • Storm Norton

    Knee
    Out indefinitely | out

    Norton is out of action due to a knee injury, and it is uncertain when he will return to the lineup.

  • Casey Hayward Jr.

    Groin
    day-to-day | questionable

    Hayward exited the last game due to a groin injury, and it is uncertain if he will be active Week 12 against the Bills.

  • Chris Harris Jr.

    Foot
    day-to-day | I-R

    Harris Jr. has landed on the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list due to multiple bruised metatarsals and a foot sprain. He has two weeks in order to be activated.

  • Asmar Bilal

    Calf
    day-to-day | I-R

    Bilal has been placed on the the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list due to a calf injury, and his two-week window to be activated has started.

  • Tyrod Taylor

    Ribs
    Prob Sun | probable

    Taylor has injured ribs, but he is likely to be available against the Jets on Sunday.

  • Cole Mazza

    Illness
    Prob Sun | probable

    Mazza is ailing from an illness, but it is not expected to impede his status against the Jets on Sunday.

Los Angeles Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Running back Damien Williams rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns on just 12 carries Sunday as the Kansas City Chiefs won their sixth straight, downing the Los Angeles Chargers 31-21 at Kansas City, Mo.

The Chiefs (12-4), who also relied on 174 yards passing from quarterback Patrick Mahomes, head to the AFC playoffs with a first-round bye as the No. 2 seed after Miami upset New England 27-24 and dropped the Patriots to the No. 3 seed.

On three of just five touches by the Chiefs in the third quarter, Mahomes threw an interception that the Chargers (5-11) converted into a touchdown, Mecole Hardman returned a kickoff 104 yards for a touchdown, and Williams scored on an 84-yard rush.

The frantic exchanges left Kansas City with a 24-14 lead.

Los Angeles quarterback Philip Rivers responded by engineering an 86-yard drive capped with an 8-yard touchdown pass to tight end Hunter Henry.

That made it 24-21 with 5:23 left, but Kansas City answered with a 77-yard march that Williams finished with a 7-yard scoring burst. The Chiefs swept their AFC West opponents and have won 28 of their last 31 against division rivals.

The 224th consecutive start for Rivers could have been the veteran quarterback's last game for Los Angeles. He becomes an unrestricted free agent in March, after going 31 of 46 for 281 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Running backs Austin Ekeler and Melvin Gordon combined for 15 receptions for 119 yards, and Keenan Allen added nine for 82 yards and a score. The Chargers finished without a win against an AFC West rival and last in the division.

The Chiefs' defense surrendered its first touchdown in 11 quarters when Rivers connected with Allen for a 12-yard score at the 11:44 mark of the second quarter.

That gave Los Angeles a 7-3 lead.

But after drives of 15 and 11 plays only netted Kansas City three points, Mahomes found Demarcus Robinson for a 24-yard touchdown with 2:16 left in the second half. Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu grabbed a pick in the end zone to preserve the 10-7 lead at halftime.

--Field Level Media