If it was up to me this would be the AFC Championship game right here. Forget about the Steelers and Patriots, these two teams are the best in the AFC hands down. What Patrick Mahomes has been doing in Kansas City speaks gallons of his talent and poise to become one of the best quarterbacks in the league and then on the other side we got Phillip Rivers. I dare you to say something bad about Rivers, the only truly bad thing you can say about the man is that he has never really had a true chance to go for it all, just once and he came oh so close.
Phillip Rivers is the AFC’s Drew Brees, ok maybe not all the way up to that standard but the man has been a workhorse since day one for his team and he has proven day after day, season after season that he should be up there in the discussion for quarterback greats. On Thursday they go head to head in arrow head in a game that could perfectly well decide who will be the top seed in their division and who unfairly to say the least will have to bid for a wild card spot, so who’s taking it all?
On the one hand you have the almost perfect Chiefs, why almost perfect? For two reasons in specific, their running game is not as strong as it could be, specially after the team cut Kareem Hunt because of all his personal off the field problems. Secondly, the Chiefs defense, man come on, how can you have one of the best offenses in the country and at the same time have such a lame ass defense. They are almost dead last in all of the top defensive categories in the league and that could be something that could come back to kick them in the ass further down the line. All season long they have gone through winning games without really finding any real defensive battles to be in, that is unless you take into account last Sunday’s game against the Ravens.
On Sunday’s overtime win against Baltimore it was the first time that we actually saw the Chiefs defense actually put up to come through for their team in order to get a win. It wasn’t a thing of magic, it was just something that needed to happen and thankfully it worked out good for them. As the playoffs come close and its basically a do or die situation every game how will the Chiefs defense prevail? Well the game against the Chargers should very well act as a preview of what’s to come where offenses will be roaring to get as many points on the board as early as possible. They need to find a miracle for the pass coverage as they have no clue on how to stop the pass, and the rush, well it’s the same story. A team that can put up an insane amount of points and yards per game but that is receiving the same amount is not a good bet down the line. If anything just remember what happened in last season’s playoff game against the Titans, yeah, keep that in mind.
The Chargers on the other hand, it shouldn’t be a surprise why they are riding a steady nine game winning streak coming into this game in Kansas City. Their offense led by Rivers and company is thriving and their defense is playing just as well. Their only real struggle on the defensive side on the ball is when they are rushing the passers but against a Chiefs team that is all about tossing the ball around and letting Mahomes do basically whatever he wants they might have a strong fighting chance here. With Melvin Gordon not at 100% and the real possibility of Austin Ekeler sitting this one out the Chargers will be looking to their rookie running backs to pick up the slack and help Rivers with some very important first and second down yardage. If there’s one place where they don’t have to worry though is when Rivers is throwing the ball around. If there’s one thing Phillip Rivers knows how to do and something that Patrick Mahomes has been getting a lot of praise for doing lately is going for those big plays with long passes and strong yardage gains. Rivers has the arm, he has the experience and he can break down secondaries like it’s pie.
The Chiefs will come into this game with their playoff spot already clinched and that’s cool but a loss against the Chargers could shift the scenario around in a way nobody would expect. While I like Mahomes and his MVP caliber season, the Chiefs defense is a drag and unless they play some over the top football, which is not something they have been giving this season I’m liking the Chargers to go for the upset here and make the last two weeks of the regular season some scorching ones in the AFC West.