Published: Fri, December 14, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

What to watch for in Chargers vs. Chiefs on Thursday

What to watch for in Chargers vs. Chiefs on Thursday

Los Angeles trails the Chiefs by just one game in the hunt for top spot in the AFC West after posting SU wins in nine of their past 10 outings. Making it even more important is that the Chiefs and Chargers are first and second in the AFC in wins, respectively, which means the division victor could secure home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, while the other will have to play on the road in the first round.

But none of that mattered to Kansas City fans after the loss, as they went in on coach Andy Reid after the Chiefs' offense quickly went three-and-out before the game-winning drive by the Chargers. The Chiefs deploy one of the league's best offenses, but Los Angeles engineered a three-and-out on the defensive side, pushing Kansas City back five yards and setting the stage for Rivers to lead the decisive drive.

Throughout the day, we'll provide you with the latest news on Gordon's status and whether he will play.

But in a back-and-forth game with significant playoff ramifications, there was no way Hill was going to stay there.

Running back Kareem Hunt was released almost two weeks ago because of off-the-field issues, and new starter Spencer Ware hurt his hamstring last Sunday against Baltimore. His primary backup, Austin Ekeler, is likely out after hurting his neck and sustaining a concussion in last week's win over the Bengals. That means a 13-3 record would give the Chiefs not only the division title, but the other prizes as well.

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Should Gordon miss the game, Jackson would be the man to start in the Los Angeles backfield.

Hyped by the return of star safety Eric Berry, it looked for a while as if the Chiefs would simply resume their vexation of Rivers at Arrowhead. Berry sustained a season-ending injury in last year's opener, then hurt his heel early in training camp. "I know he would like to play in the game". He didn't get to quarterback Philip Rivers, but he helped hurry a deep pass attempt to Tyrell Williams that was underthrown and resulted in a Steven Nelson interception.

Could we be treated to a third Chiefs-Chargers game? Although both the Chiefs and the Chargers have an excellent chance of making playoff appearances at the same time, the Chargers still have an opportunity to take down the division.

"This was big. Here or at home, whatever", Rivers said, "we needed to beat these guys". "So we have to find ways to get that done".

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