Pregame Report: Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas Chiefs Week 2
The Chargers and Chiefs will square off under the bright lights of Thursday Night Football in Week 2. After opening weekend wins, the winner of tonight’s game will be the first to take the lead in the AFC West.
Here’s a look at the Week 2 pregame report, previewing the Chargers’ matchup against their division rival, Chiefs.
Date, time and location
- Thursday, Sept. 15 at 5: 15 p.m. PT
- GEHA Field
How to watch and listen
- TV: Fox 11 Los Angeles
- Radio: ATL FM-98.7, featuring Matt “Money” Smith, Daniel Jeremiah and Shannon Farren
Where to stream
- Amazon Prime with Al Michels and Kirk Herbstreit on the call
Final injury report
- OUT: WR Keenan Allen, TE Donald Parham Jr.
- QUESTIONABLE: CB J.C. Jackson
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- OUT: K Harrison Butker
- QUESTIONABLE: G Trey Smith
Current betting lines
- Point spread: Chiefs -6.5
- Moneyline: Chiefs -213, Chargers 175
- Over/under: 54 points
Things to watch
- Chargers pass rush: In Week 1, the Chargers were able to inflict constant pressure on Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, sacking him six times. Although the Chiefs’ offensive line is more formidable than the Raiders’, it still presents a problem for the Raiders quarterback Derek Carr. They sack him six times. Mack had three sacks in his Chargers debut. Later, Mack said that he noticed areas in his game where he was leaving a lot of the field. The Chargers will need to keep Patrick Mahomes in the pocket. The Chiefs’ gunslinger, Travis Kelce, is most dangerous when he moves outside the pocket.
- Containing Travis Kelce: Without Tyreek Hill in Kansas City, Travis Kelce becomes the Chiefs unquestioned No. 1 pass catcher. Chargers safety Derwin Jams has been successful in slowing down the league’s top tight end. According to the data of TruMedia, Kelce was held to five catches for 68 yards with James on the field across their two meetings last season. With James off the field, Kelce recorded 12 catches for 227 yards and two touchdowns. James will be on Kelce for the majority of this matchup.
- Chargers run game: The Chargers offensive unit finished the game last week with 355 yards of total offense and three touchdowns. But they never got into any sort of rhythm on the ground, finishing the game with 76 yards rushing and averaged 2.5 yards per carry. They need to get Austin Ekeler (and others) moving early and often in Week 2 to strike a more balanced offensive.
- Who steps up with Keenan Allen out? : In a game last week where Allen exited in the second quarter with a hamstring injury, and Mike Williams finished with two catches for 10 yards, Herbert connected for three touchdowns – all with pass catchers who weren’t on the team just a season ago. DeAndre Carter seized his opportunity, catching three passes for 64 yards and one touchdown. With Allen out, who will step up this week?
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