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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 80% L 20%
8 2
  • @Tampa Bay L 9 - 31
  • Buffalo W 24 - 38
  • Cleveland W 17 - 22
  • L.A. Chargers L 38 - 21
  • Atlanta W 14 - 17
  • @New Orleans W 32 - 29
  • @Miami W 33 - 27
  • Denver W 16 - 22
  • @Tampa Bay W 27 - 24
  • @Las Vegas W 35 - 31
W 50% L 50%
5 5
  • @Kansas City W 38 - 21
  • Denver W 16 - 19
  • @Las Vegas W 30 - 27
  • Atlanta W 17 - 20
  • New England L 45 - 0
  • @Buffalo L 17 - 27
  • N.Y. Jets W 28 - 34
  • @Miami L 21 - 29
  • Las Vegas L 31 - 26
  • @Denver L 30 - 31

Last Meetings

  • Chargers @ Chiefs 38-21
  • 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

American Football Conference

AFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Buffalo Bills133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-29-0-1
Miami Dolphins106 0.6253.00.00.0 5-35-37-0-3
New England Patriots79 0.4386.00.00.0 5-32-65-0-5
New York Jets214 0.12511.00.00.0 1-71-72-0-8
AFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Pittsburgh Steelers124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-36-0-4
Baltimore Ravens115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Cleveland Browns115 0.6881.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Cincinnati Bengals411 1.2677.50.00.0 3-51-63-1-7
AFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Indianapolis Colts115 0.6880.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Tennessee Titans115 0.6880.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Houston Texans412 0.2507.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars115 0.06310.00.00.0 1-70-81-0-10
AFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Kansas City Chiefs142 0.8750.00.00.0 6-28-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders88 0.5006.00.00.0 2-66-25-0-5
Los Angeles Chargers79 0.4387.00.00.0 4-43-55-0-5
Denver Broncos511 0.3139.00.00.0 2-63-53-0-7

National Football Conference

NFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Washington Football Team79 0.4380.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
New York Giants610 0.3751.00.00.0 3-53-55-0-5
Dallas Cowboys610 0.3751.00.00.0 4-42-64-0-6
Philadelphia Eagles411 1.2672.50.00.0 3-41-73-1-7
NFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Green Bay Packers133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-28-0-2
Chicago Bears88 0.5005.00.00.0 3-55-33-0-7
Minnesota Vikings79 0.4386.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Detroit Lions511 0.3138.00.00.0 1-74-42-0-8
NFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
New Orleans Saints124 0.7500.00.00.0 6-26-28-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers511 0.3137.00.00.0 2-63-52-0-8
Atlanta Falcons412 0.2508.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
NFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Seattle Seahawks124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-37-0-3
Los Angeles Rams106 0.6252.00.00.0 6-24-46-0-4
Arizona Cardinals88 0.5004.00.00.0 4-44-44-0-6
San Francisco 49ers610 0.3756.00.00.0 1-75-33-0-7

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