The Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers will meet at the brand new SoFi Stadium for the second game at the facility. The Rams had the honor of ringing in the SoFi Stadium era with a win last week over the Dallas Cowboys. Now the Chargers get a chance for their home opener in Inglewood.
The Chargers were on the road in Week 1 out east in Ohio to face the Cincinnati Bengals. They were lucky to get away with a win at Paul Brown Stadium against the Bengals. The Bengals had a late touchdown called back because of OPI, and then Randy Bullock missed a chip shot to end the game into overtime.
Tyrod Taylor was fine enough at quarterback for the Chargers. He didn’t make the big mistake to cause a turning point in favor of the Bengals. That’s typically what he’s done his entire career. A fine game-manager that won’t get the offense into too much trouble, but doesn’t have the moxy to do much else. Fine quarterback, but he’s just here to help fill the void until Jutin Herbert is ready to be a starter.
Chargers’ fans want to see Herbert. Even before Taylor was mediocre last week, they were hoping to get a glimpse of Herbert early on in 2020. There was no reason to bench Taylor based on what happened last week. While he wasn’t electric, Taylor was efficient with 208 yards passing with no touchdowns or interceptions.
After what we saw the Browns do to the Bengals’ defense on Thursday Night Football, surely it could have been a better performance for the Chargers. The Chargers looked just average against a bad defense, but I don’t believe Herbert is ready to start.
Chargers’ fans have to be a little patient with him. Taylor might have to be more than a game-manager against the Chiefs, who head into Sunday with more time to prepare after defeating the Texans, 34-20, in the season opener last Thursday night. Can anyone stop the Chiefs in the AFC West? The Chargers hope to step in front of them on Sunday. Head below for our free Kansas City Chiefs vs. LA Chargers pick for NFL Week 2.
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The Chargers must keep this game in front of them or it’s going to get away from them. What I mean by that is turn this game into their kind of game. Kill clock and play the ball possession game to keep the Chiefs’ offense off the field. If the Chargers can methodically move the ball down the field to keep Patrick Mahomes on the sidelines, then they might have a chance to pull off an upset.
However, if the Chiefs get ahead by a couple of touchdowns early, the Chargers aren’t a team built to strike quick offensively. That’s not in Taylor’s DNA. That’s where this game has an opportunity to turn into a blowout in favor of the Chiefs.
Mahomes passed for 211 yards and 3 touchdowns in the opener against the Texans. He wasn’t even the star of the game. That belonged to rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Edwards-Helaire ran all over the Texans’ defense for 138 yards and a score on 5.5 yards per carry. Adding Edwards-Helaire to this vaunted offense is unfair to the rest of the league.
Calling plays for this offense has to be the best job in the NFL. The Chiefs keep opposing defenses guessing and unbalanced. The Chargers do have the athletes on defense to at least limit the Chiefs at points in this game. Joey Bosa is an elite defensive lineman, and he’ll make some plays on Sunday afternoon. There is a lot to like about the Chargers’ secondary as well.
I do not believe the Chiefs’ offense is going to look unstoppable in this one. The Chargers are going to make plays on Mahomes. They won’t limit him completely, but enough to make him shake his head two or three times. I’m focusing on the Chiefs’ defense versus the Chargers’ offense. The Chargers didn’t do anything to like against a bad Cincinnati defense last week.
KC has one of the more underrated defenses in the NFL. They get overlooked because of Mahomes and the offense, but this unit can get after it and pressure Taylor. Mike Pouncey needs hip surgery and he’s gone from the offensive line for the season. That’s a huge blow to an offensive line that was in shambles last season. 26-year-old Dan Feeney will take his spot at center. Look for the Chiefs to get out of LA with a 28-17 or 30-18 win in Week 2.