Chargers vs. Chiefs matchups, TV time and the way to watch

Breaking down how the Chargers and Kansas Metropolis Chiefs match up heading to their recreation Thursday at 5:15 p.m. PDT at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas Metropolis, Mo. The sport will likely be proven on Amazon Prime and Fox regionally.

When Chargers have the ball: Professional Bowl receiver Keenan Allen received’t play due to a hamstring harm suffered within the Week 1 victory over Las Vegas. That ought to imply extra alternative for Mike Williams, and the timing couldn’t be higher. In his two most up-to-date visits to Kansas Metropolis, Williams had 108 and 122 yards receiving. He additionally scored three touchdowns in each Chargers victories. He must be primed to make an impression. He had solely two catches for 10 yards towards the Raiders. “It’s funny,” offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi stated Monday, “if you had watched practice early in the week, the guys were joking that he’s going to have about 20 catches.” Lombardi stated it wasn’t anybody factor however relatively a sequence of circumstances that labored towards Williams within the opener. “The defense,” Lombardi added, “sometimes decides where the ball goes.” Justin Herbert actually must be welcoming the primary journey of the season, even when it comes towards the workforce that has received the AFC West six consecutive seasons. Herbert had a minimum of 300 yards passing in every of his ultimate 5 street video games final season.

When Chiefs have the ball: In his first recreation with out Tyreek Hill, Patrick Mahomes threw for 360 yards and 5 touchdowns as Kansas Metropolis scored 44 factors, essentially the most of any workforce in Week 1. So, yeah, the Chiefs are nonetheless loads harmful with out the speedy wideout they traded to Miami in March. “I think the optics of Tyreek leaving … they had a lot of good players when he was there too,” Chargers coach Brandon Staley stated. “It’s just when you have a player that’s as special as Tyreek, maybe the other players don’t get the same amount of attention.” When these groups final met in Week 15 final 12 months, Mahomes threw for 410 yards and hit tight finish Travis Kelce for a 34-yard profitable landing on the primary drive of extra time. Kelce completed that Thursday night time at SoFi Stadium with a career-high 191 yards in 10 catches. Amongst Kansas Metropolis’s most notable offseason additions was huge receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster. A former USC Trojan, Smith-Schuster has confronted the Chargers twice — each with Pittsburgh — totaling seven receptions for 56 yards. “You can keep them quiet for a while, and then, all of a sudden, they just get hot quick,” Staley stated of the Chiefs. “A very, very tough cover.”

After they kick: Punter JK Scott earned a recreation ball for his efficiency in his Chargers debut. Scott averaged 49 yards on 4 punts, one among which was downed on the Raiders’ two-yard line. Dustin Hopkins missed a 49-yard area aim halfway via the fourth quarter to assist maintain Vegas alive. Kansas Metropolis will likely be with out Harrison Butker, who suffered an ankle harm on his first kickoff of the season. Matt Ammendola will kick as an alternative.

How the Chargers and Chiefs stack up towards one another

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Jeff Miller’s prediction: The Chargers have received the final two video games in Kansas Metropolis and three of 4 towards the Chiefs on the street. Mahomes halts the mini skid — barely.

CHIEFS 31, CHARGERS 30