CB Phillip Gaines among inactives for Chiefs versus Chargers

Week 15 Game Scout: Chargers at Chiefs

Week 15 Game Scout: Chargers at Chiefs

Nine weeks later, they are 7-6 and meet with the AFC West lead on the line. Even Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers admitted he was surprised with how drastically Kansas City fell back to the pack. Now the Chargers are the hot team and the Chiefs are struggling and this game has all of a sudden taken on tremendous meaning.

Despite the reality that two games remain on the regular season schedule for both teams, Saturday's showdown between the visiting Los Angeles Chargers and the Kansas City Chiefs feels like a one game season unto itself. Since then, the Chargers led by QB Philip Rivers has charged forward to win 7 out of their next 9 games to draw even with the Chiefs. The Tennessee Titans are 8-5, but they could be underdogs in each of their last three games as they visit the San Francisco 49ers and host the division-leading Los Angeles Rams and Jacksonville Jaguars. The Chiefs have owned this series since Coach Reid's arrival.

When these two teams met back in Week 3, the Chiefs were being billed as a Super Bowl contender while the Chargers were just trying to figure out a way to keep opposing fans from making every game a road game. Sure, the Chiefs went off to a 5-0 start and have lost six of their last eight games - but that doesn't matter if they win in their second head-to-head opportunity against the Chargers.

-Chargers interior offensive line vs. Chiefs DL Chris Jones.

Bears coach John Fox, meanwhile, may have a harder time getting a fourth season in the Windy City.

The beginning of the season must be included in any evaluation of teams, but it appears that it's not being considered here. Last week, the Chiefs played and beat division rival Oakland.

Starting bankrolls have reset to $10,000, with the maximum bet being to win $1,000 and the minimum wager $300. He does have one year left on his contract, but he also has a 13-32 record and his.289 winning percentage is barely better than Abe Gibron's franchise-worst.274 from 1972-74. Peters had an interception against the Chargers in that first meeting, one that he returned 38 yards. Rookie RB Kareem Hunt went over 1,000 rushing yards, and this week WR Tyreek Hill could go over 1,000 yards receiving with just 14 yards. However, their biggest issue has been being able to finish games The Chargers are famous for Chargering. All signs point toward Patrick Mahomes taking over at quarterback in 2018, leading to the departure of Alex Smith after this season. TE Travis Kelce has a touchdown in two of his past three games vs. division opponents. Since Week Five, L.A. also have the league's best turnover differential (+14) and sack differential (+16). Rivers will be looking Keenan Allen's way often but he'll need to be wary of Peters as he is one of the game's great playmakers at the defensive back position.

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