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Kansas City Chiefs vs. Los Angeles Chargers Pick & Prediction SEP 20TH 2020

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The reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs hit the road for the first time in 2020 on Sunday for an AFC West matchup with the Los Angeles Chargers.

The Chargers are playing their first-ever game at brand-new SoFi Stadium, which opened Sunday night when the Rams hosted the Dallas Cowboys.

The Chargers (1-0) opened the season with a 16-13 win at Cincinnati. The team, which spent the previous three seasons in Carson, Calif., makes the short trek north on the 405 freeway to Inglewood and their new home, completing a relocation from San Diego.

Rookie running back Joshua Kelley rushed for the Chargers' sole touchdown, filling in for Justin Jackson in Week 1. Jackson remains questionable with a quadriceps injury.

The new look isn't limited to the stadium digs for the Chargers. Gone is Philip Rivers, the team's starting quarterback since 2006, and Tyrod Taylor started Week 1. He went 16 of 30 for 208 yards.

While Los Angeles played clean football with no turnovers, Taylor said Wednesday that improved efficiency is an emphasis against a high-scoring Kansas City side.

"We've got to be better on third down than we were last week," Taylor said, "and we have to execute better in the red zone."

The Chargers converted 6 of 16 third downs, failed on two fourth-down conversion tries, and scored just the one red-zone touchdown.

Offensive guard Trai Turner's likely return to the offensive line -- he participated in limited practice on Wednesday -- could provide a boost. Center Mike Pouncey remains questionable with a hip injury.

Kansas City (1-0) is rested. The Chiefs rolled past Houston in the first game of the season on Sept. 10, 34-20. Kansas City led 31-7 early in the fourth quarter and Patrick Mahomes tossed three touchdown passes.

Mahomes, coming off a stellar 2019 in which he passed for more than 4,000 yards and 26 touchdowns, said he feels more comfortable in the offense in 2020.

It helps to have Clyde Edwards-Helaire, the Chiefs' first-round pick in 2020, who rushed for 138 yards against Houston.

Mahomes also cited an increased willingness to make checkdown passes for his relaxed approach.

"All of us want to go for the big shot, all of us want to go for the touchdown pass every single time," he said. "But if defenses are going to play us back, and they're going to play us in coverage, I'm going to take the stuff underneath and let the guys make plays."

Mahomes spread completions among six receivers. Travis Kelce, Sammy Watkins and Tyreek Hill all caught TD passes in Week 1.

"They've got weapons everywhere," said Chargers coach Anthony Lynn, who beat Kansas City in 2018, the franchise's only win against its division rival dating to 2013. "We've done a good job in the past controlling explosive plays in this game, and I expect us to do the same [on Sunday]."

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said the Chargers' stout defensive line gives them a chance to win every game. That includes defensive end Joey Bosa, who had a sack at Cincinnati but missed practice Wednesday with a triceps injury.

"They're fully loaded up front," Reid said. "They have a great scheme, and then they've got really good players. And [Joey] Bosa, listen, he's one of the best players in the National Football League."

Los Angeles is also coming off a strong performance in the secondary, particularly from AFC Defensive Player of the Week Casey Hayward. He made 12 tackles and drew a critical offensive pass interference on A.J. Green in the game's final minute.

Kansas City's own defensive line could be in need of reinforcements. Defensive tackle Khalen Saunders (elbow) and end Alex Okafor (hamstring) did not practice on Wednesday. Cornerback Charvarius Ward was out with a hand injury.

--Field Level Media

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Kansas City Chiefs

Los Angeles Chargers

Player Position Lineup
Frank Clark primary: Right Defensive End Starter
Rashad Fenton primary: Cornerback Starter
Eric Fisher primary: Left Tackle Starter
Mecole Hardman primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Tyreek Hill primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Anthony Hitchens primary: Linebacker Starter
Chris Jones primary: Left Defensive Tackle Starter
Travis Kelce primary: Tight End Starter
Tanoh Kpassagnon primary: Left Defensive End Starter
Patrick Mahomes primary: Quarterback Starter
Tyrann Mathieu primary: Strong Safety Starter
Ben Niemann primary: Linebacker Starter
Derrick Nnadi primary: Right Defensive Tackle Starter
Austin Reiter primary: Center Starter
Mitchell Schwartz primary: Right Tackle Starter
Juan Thornhill primary: Free Safety Starter
Sammy Watkins primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Damien Wilson primary: Linebacker Starter
Andrew Wylie primary: Right Tackle Starter
Clyde Edwards-Helaire primary: Runningback Starter
L'Jarius Sneed primary: Cornerback Starter
Kelechi Osemele primary: Left Guard Starter
Nick Allegretti primary: Guard Substitution
Harrison Butker primary: Kicker Substitution
Marcus Kemp primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Dorian O'Daniel primary: Linebacker Substitution
Byron Pringle primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Daniel Sorensen primary: Safety Substitution
Darwin Thompson primary: Runningback Substitution
Armani Watts primary: Safety Substitution
Darrel Williams primary: Runningback Substitution
James Winchester primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Nick Keizer primary: Tight End Substitution
Antonio Hamilton primary: Cornerback Substitution
Mike Remmers primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Anthony Sherman primary: Fullback Substitution
Demarcus Robinson primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Willie Gay primary: Linebacker Substitution
Mike Danna primary: Defensive End Substitution
Bopete Keyes primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Tommy Townsend primary: Punter Substitution
Tershawn Wharton primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Taco Charlton primary: Defensive End Substitution
Tedric Thompson primary: Safety Substitution
Braxton Hoyett primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Demone Harris primary: Defensive End Not active
Alex Okafor primary: Defensive End Not active
Charvarius Ward primary: Cornerback Not active
Deon Yelder primary: Tight End Did not play
Chad Henne primary: Quarterback Did not play
Ricky Seals-Jones primary: Tight End Not active
Yasir Durant primary: Offensive Linesman Not active
Daniel Kilgore primary: Center Did not play
Player Position Lineup
Nasir Adderley primary: Safety Starter
Keenan Allen primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Joey Bosa primary: Right Defensive End Starter
Michael Davis primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Austin Ekeler primary: Runningback Starter
Dan Feeney primary: Center Starter
Virgil Green primary: Tight End Starter
Casey Hayward Jr. primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Hunter Henry primary: Tight End Starter
Melvin Ingram III primary: Left Defensive End Starter
Rayshawn Jenkins primary: Safety Starter
Justin Jones primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Forrest Lamp primary: Left Guard Starter
Sam Tevi primary: Left Tackle Starter
Kyzir White primary: Linebacker Starter
Trai Turner primary: Right Guard Starter
Bryan Bulaga primary: Right Tackle Starter
Chris Harris Jr. primary: Cornerback Starter
Linval Joseph primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Justin Herbert primary: Quarterback Starter
Kenneth Murray Jr. primary: Linebacker Starter
Gabe Nabers primary: Fullback Starter
Michael Badgley primary: Kicker Substitution
Emeke Egbule primary: Linebacker Substitution
Brandon Facyson primary: Cornerback Substitution
Jalen Guyton primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Desmond King II primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Ty Long primary: Kicker Substitution
Cole Mazza primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Uchenna Nwosu primary: Defensive End Substitution
Denzel Perryman primary: Linebacker Substitution
Trey Pipkins III primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Scott Quessenberry primary: Center Substitution
Isaac Rochell primary: Defensive End Substitution
Jerry Tillery primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Mike Williams primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Tyree St. Louis primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Stephen Anderson primary: Tight End Substitution
Nick Vigil primary: Linebacker Substitution
Joshua Kelley primary: Runningback Substitution
Joe Reed primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Alohi Gilman primary: Safety Substitution
KJ Hill Jr. primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Asmar Bilal primary: Linebacker Substitution
Darius Bradwell primary: Runningback Substitution
Damion Square primary: Nose Tackle Substitution
Cortez Broughton primary: Defensive Tackle Not active
Justin Jackson primary: Runningback Not active
Jason Moore primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Easton Stick primary: Quarterback Did not play
Tyrod Taylor primary: Quarterback Did not play
Tevaughn Campbell primary: Cornerback Not active
Storm Norton primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Donald Parham Jr. primary: Tight End Not active

Kansas City Chiefs

Los Angeles Chargers

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 11
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 4 Yards
    • Rusher: Justin Herbert
    • Conv Kicker: Michael Badgley
  • Period 2
  • MIN 2
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 14 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Jalen Guyton
    • Passer: Justin Herbert
    • Conv Kicker: Michael Badgley
  • MIN 8
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 10 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Harrison Butker
    • Passer: Patrick Mahomes
    • Pass Receiver: Travis Kelce
  • Period 3
  • MIN 3
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 58 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Harrison Butker
  • MIN 8
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 41 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Michael Badgley
  • Period 4
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 30 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Harrison Butker
  • MIN 2
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 23 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Michael Badgley
  • MIN 12
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 54 Yards
    • Passer: Patrick Mahomes
    • Pass Receiver: Tyreek Hill
    • Conv Receiver: Mecole Hardman
    • Conv Passer: Patrick Mahomes
  • Period 5
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 58 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Harrison Butker
  • Match End

GAMES

Last 10

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
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

Next Games

  • @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
  • @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

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
Dallas Cowboys37 0.3000.50.00.0 2-31-43-0-7
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
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

Los Angeles Chargers

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Casey Hayward Jr.

    Groin
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Hayward exited the last game due to a groin injury, and it is uncertain if he will be active for Sunday's battle against the Bills.

  • Chris Harris Jr.

    Foot
    Ques Sun | 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.

  • Austin Ekeler

    Hamstring
    Ques Sun | I-R

    Ekeler has popped up on the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list after recovering from a hyperextended knee. He has three weeks in order to be activated.

  • Melvin Ingram III

    Knee
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Ingram III is idle with a knee injury, and it has yet to be established if he will dress for Sunday's contest against the Bills.

  • Asmar Bilal

    Calf
    Ques Sun | 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.

Kansas City Chiefs

  • Sammy Watkins

    Hamstring
    Prob Sun | probable

    Watkins was sidelined due to a right hamstring injury, but he is expected to suit up for Sunday's contest against the Buccaneers.

  • Byron Pringle

    Ankle
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Pringle has been placed on the injured reserve list with an ankle injury, and it is unknown whether or not he will return this season.

  • 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
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Keyes was held out of the previous game due to an illness, and it is unclear if he will play Sunday 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
    Ques Sun | questionable

    O'Shaughnessy sat out the previous game due to a knee injury, and it is undetermined if he will dress for Sunday's tilt 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.

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Patrick Mahomes passed for two touchdowns, and Harrison Butker's franchise record-tying 58-yard field goal in overtime spoiled Justin Herbert's impressive debut, as the Kansas City Chiefs beat the AFC West-rival Los Angeles Chargers 23-20 on Sunday at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif.

The winning kick with 1:55 left was Butker's second 58-yarder of the day. He matched the club record set by Nick Lowery, who kicked 58-yard field goals in 1983 and 1985.

The Chiefs (2-0) fell behind 17-6 in the second half, but erased the deficit with 11 unanswered points in the fourth quarter. The run capped when Mahomes threw for 54 of his 302 yards on a one-footed toss to Tyreek Hill for a touchdown.

Hill finished with 99 yards on five receptions.

A successful two-point conversion pass to Mecole Hardman made up for an unsuccessful PAT in the second quarter after a 10-yard Travis Kelce touchdown reception. Jerry Tillery broke through to block the kick.

That was the sole misfire for Butker on a historic day. His 30-yard field goal as time expired forced overtime.

Mahomes helped set up Butker's game-tying field goal with a 12-play, 63-yard drive spanning the final 2:27 of regulation. Facing a third-and-20 late into the possession, Mahomes found a seam up the middle to run for 21 of his team-high 54 rushing yards.

Los Angeles (1-1) -- which went 2-9 in one-score games last season but opened the 2020 campaign with a 16-13 win in Cincinnati -- won possession to open overtime. Herbert threw for the final seven of his 311 yards, gained on 22-of-33 passing, helping set up a fourth-and-1.

The Chargers opted to punt, however, setting up Kansas City's game-winning drive.

Herbert, the team's first-round draft choice, was a late insert into the lineup with Week 1 starter Tyrod Taylor scratched just before kickoff due to a chest injury. Herbert led the Chargers on an opening 79-yard, eight-play drive, capped on a 4-yard run for a touchdown.

His 14-yard connection with wide receiver Jalen Guyton in the late second quarter marked Guyton's first career touchdown, and made Herbert the first player to both rush and pass for a touchdown in the first half of his debut since Bobby Clatterbuck of the New York Giants in 1954.

Herbert finished with 18 yards rushing, complementing the duo of Austin Ekeler (93 yards on 16 carries) and Joshua Kelley (64 yards on 23 carries). Keenan Allen led the Chargers with 96 yards on seven receptions.

Kelce had 90 yards on nine receptions for Kansas City.

--Field Level Media