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Pregame Report: LA Chargers at Kansas Chiefs Week 2

The Chargers undertake the Chiefs Thursday night at GEHA Field.

The Chargers and Chiefs will square off beneath the bright lights of Thursday Night Football in Week 2. After both teams kicked things into gear with opening weekend victories, the winner of tonights game will need the first lead for first invest the AFC West.

Here is a consider 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 exactly to watch and listen

  • TV: Fox 11 LA
  • Radio: ATL FM-98.7, featuring Matt “Money” Smith, Daniel Jeremiah and Shannon Farren

Where you can stream

  • Amazon Primewith Al Michels and Kirk Herbstreit on the decision

Final injury report

Chargers:

  • OUT: WR Keenan Allen, TE Donald Parham Jr.
  • QUESTIONABLE: CB J.C. Jackson

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Chiefs

  • 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

What to watch

  • Chargers pass rush: In Week 1, the Chargers could actually inflict constant pressure on Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, sacking him six times. The Chiefs offensive line looks to stack-up as a stronger group compared to the Raiders, however the pairing of Khalil Mack and Joey Bosa still figures to produce a matchup problem, nonetheless. Mack recorded three sacks in his Chargers debut, and later said he saw regions of his game where he left a whole lot from the field. Keeping Patrick Mahomes in the pocket is a important element for the Chargers pass rush because the Chiefs’ gunslinger is most dangerous when he gets beyond your pocket.
  • Containing Travis Kelce: Without Tyreek Hill in Kansas City, Travis Kelce becomes the Chiefs unquestioned No. 1 pass catcher. However, Chargers safety Derwin James has already established success previously of slowing the league’s top tight end. Based on the data of TruMedia, Kelce happened 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 undoubtedly be deployed on Kelce for vast majority of the matchup.
  • Chargers run game: The Chargers offensive unit finished the overall game the other day with 355 yards of total offense and three touchdowns. However they never experienced any kind of rhythm on the floor, finishing the overall game with 76 yards rushing and averaged 2.5 yards per carry. To strike a far more balanced attack in Week 2, they have to get Austin Ekeler and company going early and frequently.
  • Who steps up with Keenan Allen out?: In a casino game the other day where Allen exited in the next 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 only a season ago. DeAndre Carter seized his opportunity, catching three passes for 64 yards and something touchdown. Who steps up this week with Allen eliminated? Mike Williams looks to be inline for a large day, Joshua Palmer moves into more of a prominent role and Carter’s snap count should largely increase.

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Nick Cothrel may be the publisher of Charger Report. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickCothrel for more Chargers coverage.

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