The AFC West is considered by many to be the best division in the NFL, and honestly it’s not even close. The Chiefs will face their first division test of the season when they face the Chargers in their new home of Los Angeles. The Chiefs are looking good after a 2-0 start against two good football teams. Meanwhile, the Chargers have started the season with the dreaded 0-2 start, despite high hopes for the season. Since 2007, 10.8 percent of teams that had started their season 0-2 went on to make the playoffs.
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Streaking into LA
Not only did the Chiefs sweep their division foes last year, they also have an eleven game winning streak against the AFC West going into Sunday. The Chiefs have also dominated the Chargers recently, as they have swept them the last three seasons. The only loss the Chiefs have against the Chargers since Andy Reid became head coach, was when Alex Smith and the rest of the starters were rested in the regular season finale of the 2013 season. Chase Daniel started for the Chiefs that day and it was a seesaw battle that the Chargers came back to win with a game winning field goal in overtime.
Who wins the sack battle?
Once again the AFC West is stacked, and that is especially true when talking about the pass rush. It is still early, but these two teams are both currently in the top ten in the NFL in sacks. Will it be Justin Houston and company for the Chiefs or Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram for the Chargers disrupting the quarterback more. Looks like the Chiefs will be missing talented center Mitch Morse, but luckily his replacement, Zach Fulton, is a veteran who has snapped in the past for Kansas City. On the other hand, the Chargers have had problems with their offensive line, but have been continuously drafting early to mid round picks to try and figure it out. The trenches could be where this game is decided.
The Chiefs enter this week with the second ranked offense and only the Raiders have scored a mere two points more for most points scored in the league. This is arguably the best offense the Chiefs have had in a long time. Yes, Alex Smith has no doubt been pushed to achieve more with the addition of Patrick Mahomes. But the reason this offense has been so good, is because the weapons, depth, and personnel is the most talented that Kansas City has had with Smith. Tyreek Hill is most likely the fastest player in the league, Travis Kelce may be the best all around athlete at the tight end position, and the offensive line could be considered a top ten or maybe a top five unit in the NFL. Talent isn’t everything that an offense needs, but it is hard to argue against what the Chiefs have built in Kansas City. An interesting stat, the Chiefs have had four plays that have gone for over fifty yards through their first two games of the season, mostly coming from the legs of Kareem Hunt. That equals the total of plays to go over fifty yards for the Chiefs last season.
The winning streak has been mentioned, but in the NFL, team records mean almost nothing when two division games get set to faceoff. The Chargers are in a new home, so a win here would be huge for their franchise and fanbase. Unfortunately for the Chargers, Chiefs fans are expected to outnumber Chargers fans in their own building for a second consecutive season. This could be another shootout in the long history of Chiefs-Chargers.
Braden Holecek is a writer for cover32 Chiefs. You can follow him on Twitter here.