Los Angeles Chargers 24 vs. 27 Kansas City Chiefs summary: stats and highlights | NFL Week 2
The Kansas City Chiefs came out on top in an AFC West battle against the Los Angeles Chargers on Amazon Prime’s debut broadcast of Thursday Night. Rookie Jaylen Watson had the game changing interception which he took 99 yards the other way for a touchdown.
AFC West showdown on Thursday Night
It was an divisional showdown between the only two teams to come out of Week 1 with a win in the AFC West. The division is widely considered the best in the league and these head to head matchups are pivotal when it comes to the end of the year and playoff positioning.
Third year man Justin Herbert came into Arrowhead Stadium 2-0 with seven touchdowns and no interceptions in his only two games in Kansas City, but his first pick six ended up leading to his first loss in the Chiefs stadium.
Herbert got off to a great start as Mike Williams was catching everything that was thrown to him. Williams would be the wide receiver the Chargers needed to step up after Keenan Allen was ruled out for Thursday’s game with an hamstring injury.
Chiefs overcome slow first half
The Chargers got the first points of the night on a Dustin Hopkins field goal on their opening possession of the game. The Chiefs offense looked a bit flat coming out of the gate after putting up nearly 500 yards of total offense in Week 1 against Arizona.
As soon as the second quarter started the Chargers took command of the game by going up 10-0 with a one yard touchdown to rookie full back Zander Horvath. The TD was set up by a 39 yard pass play to Mike Williams to get Los Angeles down to the 1 yard line.
Kansas City finally responded with a seven play touchdown drive that was capped off with a bit of Mahomes magic. KC quarterback Patrick Mahomes danced outside the pocket, wiggled around a tackle and zinged a side arm pass to Jerick McKinnon to get the Chiefs on the board for the first time with early in the second half.
Chargers offense unplugged in 2nd half
In a game where points were expected between two high flying offensive side the first half ended 10-7. Despite closing the gap to three, the Chiefs offense looked a bit out of synch after watching them put up 44 in Week 1.
Herbert and the Chargers marched down the field to open the second half with an 11 play touchdown drive that Mike Williams finished off when made a one handed snag in the end zone for a 15 yard touchdown to put Los Angeles back up 17-7. Williams would end the night with eight catches and 113 yards in a day in which he became Herbert’s main target.
Much like in the first half, Kansas City responded to the Chargers touchdown with a touchdown drive of their own. It was almost ended after two plays when Asante Samuel jumped on a route and Mahomes threw it right into the hands of the safety bobbled the first attempt, dove to the ground and appeared to have made the interception. Referees went to review and ruled that the ground helped the defender make the catch and overturned the interception call.
With a second chance, Mahomes made no mistake getting his team to midfield a few plays later and then dropping a perfectly place one footed throw into the path of Justin Watson for a 41 yard TD to make it 17-14.
Seventh round draft makes play of the night
After a series of three and outs, two from Los Angeles and one from Kansas City, the Chiefs tied up the game at 17-17 after being stopped on the goal line and electing to level the game with a field goal instead of going for the end zone on the first play of the fourth quarter.
Los Angeles looked on the verge of responded with a touchdown of their own on the ensuing drive as Herbert led the Chargers all the way to the KC three yard line, but his pass to Gerald Everett was intercepted by the Chiefs seventh round draft pick Jaylen Watson who returned it 99 yards for the pick six.
The LA offense went stagnent again in the next two possessions which allowed the Chiefs to kick another field goal after Clyde Edward-Helaire broke off a 52 yard run with an additional 15 yards after a face mask call on the Chargers put KC at the LA 18. Matt Amendola, who was filling in for the injured Harrison Butker, hit the 31 yard field goal to push the lead to two possessions with 3:24 to go.
Herbert's pick overshadows three TD night
The Chargers need a quick score and they got one just two minutes later on a drive in which Herbert was rocked in the backfield twice. He had to come off after suffering an apparent injury to his ribs, but that didn’t stop him from returning and throwing a 35 yard bullet to Deandre Carter to make it 27-24 with 1:11 to go in the game.
Dustin Hopkin’s onside kick popped loose for a moment, but was recovered by the Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes could just kneel out the clock to secure the second win of the season.
Mahomes finished the game with 235 yards and two touchdowns on 24/35 passing. Herbert had 334 yards and three touchdowns, but had the one critical mistake that ended up costing the Chargers the game.
Herbert will now have a few extra days to rest his injured ribs before their home game against the Jacksonville Jaguars next week. The Chiefs will continue their treacherous start to the season with a game against the Colts in Indianapolis next week.
Herbert got popped in the ribs a couple times on the final TD drive for the Chargers and still led his down the field for a touchdown, but the onside kick was recovered by KC and the Chiefs held on to win.
After a field goal tied the game up the Chargers drove all the way down to the one yard line, but Herbert was picked off by 7th round rookie Jaylen Watson who took 99 yards to the house and turned the game on it's side.
The Chargers marched right down the field to start the second half and finished off the drive with his Mike Williams 15 yard TD passs that was reeled in with one hand!
It took a while for KC to get going, but you can never doubt Mr. Magic, Patrick Mahomes. Look at the angle he throws this ball after an incredible scamble to keep the play alive.
The rookie full back Horvath with his second touchdown reception in as many games to put the Chargers up 10-0
Mike Williams went off in the first half, stepping up for the injured Keenan Allen. This 39 yard reception set up the Chargers first touchdown.
Herbert was 33/48 for 334 yards and 3 TDs, but made one critical error that changed the momentum of the game in a 14 point swing.
Mahomes was 24/35 for 235 yards and two touchdowns, but it was the seventh round pick in this year's draft, Jaylen Watson, who made the game changing play to give the Chiefs the lead they would not give up.
Kansas City, who has dominated the AFC West for so many years, will finish Week 2 as the only undefeated team in the division.
IT'S ALL OVER FROM KANSAS CITY!!!
It wasn't pretty at times for the Chiefs, bu they get the job done in a pivotal AFC West early season battle. The Watson pick six makes the difference!
Hopkins with the onside kick and it was loose for a moment after the first attempat a catch was bobbled but Gray jumped on it and the Chiefs will be able to kneel out the clock.
On 4th and Goal Herbert finds Palmer for a 7 yard TD reception and the Chargers are no relying on an onside kick.
Chiefs lead 27-24 with 1:11 to go in the fouth quarter.
Herbert overshoots Palmer on 2nd down
Herbert hits Ekeler on the sideline for a gain of a yard.
2nd and Goal from the 6
Well just when you think he's down and out Herbert bounces back and fires a missle to Carter for a 35 yard gain on 4th and 1.
1st and Goal coming up after the Two Minute Warning.
Herbert had to throw it away on 3rd and 1, but he had the lane for the first down but he's in so much pain he elected to throw it away.
Herbert looks right and he finds Kelly, he niether got the first or got out of bounds.
3rd and 2 coming up in the last play before the Two Minute Warning.
Herbert back to Ekeler for six yards. 2nd and 4 comign up from teh KC 46.
Ekeler on the screen pass and he takes it for 21 yards. LA moving quickly.
LA start the drive from the 32 needing points in a hurry.
FIELD GOAL KANSAS CITY!!
Amendola hits the field goal from 32 yards and the Chiefs lead by two scores with just 3:20 to go.
Chiefs in command, 27-17.
Mahomes over the middle to Smith-Schuster for 4 yards and that will bring up 4th down.
KC will kick the FG trying to make it a two possession game.
Mahomes going to the air on second down and he overshoots Valdes-Scantling, Boos ring around Arrowhead as the crowd wanted a PI flag.
3rd and 9 coming up.
McKinnon gets the handoff and picks up a yard. KC looking to run some clock.
LA take a timeout with 3:36 to go in the game. KC with 2nd and 9 out of the break.
KC take over from the 15 after the punt. And Edwards-Helaire breaks a run up the right side for a gain of 52 yards and 15 yards will be tacked on to the run after a face mask penalty called against the Chargers will take KC down to the 18 yard line.
Herbert was nearly intercepted by Bolton after Herbert threw into triple coverage.
Chargers will punt knowing they need a quick stop with less than four minutes remaining in the final quarter.
Herbert got crushed again on the pass that went hight to Everett. He's back on his feet but looking at 3rd and 6 from the LA 38
Daniel is in at QB for a play and he hands it off to Michel for a gain of 3.
2nd and 7 coming up as Herbert comes back into the game. Good to see him back after taking that shot
Herbert looking left finding Everett for a gain of 12 and that moves the chains, but trouble for the Chargers as Herbert is down on the ground and slow to get up.
He took a shot to the ribs as he released the pass and is feeling the effects. He will have to come out of the game for at least a play as LA cross their fingers that their star QB can make a return.
1st and 10 from the LA 34 with 5:09.
Herbert looks left to Everett to make 3rd down more managable.
3rd and 2 from the LA 23
LA take over from their 14 yard line and Herbert looks for Ekeler in the flat, but the RB couldn't make the catch.
2nd and 10 from the LA 14.
LA gets the stop they needed after Mahomes overthrows Valdes-Scantling.
4th down and the Chiefs will punt.
Mahomes almost throws another pick looking for Gray over the middle and Van Noy was right there but couldn't make the catch.
3rd and 6 coming up.
McKinnon up the gut for a four yard gain.
2nd and 6 from the KC 34.
Screen pass to Edwards-Helaire and that goes for 13 yards and the Chiefs moves the chains and keep the clock moving.
Edwards-Helaire starts the drive with a 3 yard run up the middle.
2nd and 7 from the KC 18.
KC gets the ball back at the 15 after a personal foul against the Cheifs backs them up deep in their own territory. They have a 7 point lead and are looking to to run some time off the clock and stretch the lead to two possessions.
Ekeler eaten up in the backfield and the Chargers are just 4/12 on 3rd down tonight.
LA will have to punt the ball with time running out in the fouth quarter.
Herbert finds Ekeler for 3 yards on 1st down, and then Ekeler picks up 6 yards on a 2nd down run.
3rd and 2 coming up.
The Chargers look to respond after the pick six and their drive will start from the 25.
PICK SIX KANSAS CITY!!!!
Watson jumped the route on the goal line to make the interception and takes it 99 yards the other way!!!
What a turn of events in Kansas City as the Chiefs lead for the first time tonight thanks to the seventh round draft pick's pick six to put them up 24-17.
10:29 to go in the fourth quarter!
Herbert on the roll out hitting Everett and that's good for 26 yards.
1st and Goal from the KC 3.
Herbert to Everett for a seven yard gain. LA starting to dink and dunk down the field, and it's working. They are inside the 30 on 2nd and 3.
Carter on a wide receiver screen and he runs for the first down after an 8 yard pick up.
1st and 10 from the KC 36.
Herbert going to the left sideline to Palmer for 3 yards.
2nd and 7 from the KC 44
Ekekler gets the quick hand off and picks up 4 yards to keep the drive alive.
1st and 10 from the KC 47.
Ekeler stopped short of the first down marker after a 7 yard gain on 2nd and 8.
3rd and short and LA going high tempo again.
The Chargers begin their drive from the 40 after a touchback is moved up becuase of a personal foul against the Chiefs.
Silly penalty there to give the Chargers great field position.
FIELD GOAL CHIEFS!!
KC opts to take the field goal instead of going for it on 4th and Goal from the 1. Amendola makes the 19 yard kick and we are tied up at 17.
14:58 to go in the fourth quarter.
Look at the one footed throw from Mahomes to hit Watson on the 41 yard reception to bring the Chiefs to within 3.
Mahomes hits Kelce on the shovel pass but the tight end is stuffed at the line of scrimmage which brings up 4th and Goal from the 1.
The Chiefs will think it over during the break as we are headed to the fourth quarter in KC.
Mahomes was almost picked off by Samuel again. He jumped the route and almost picked it off in the endzone.
That's the second time he's had a clear shot at an interception and couldn't come up with it.
3rd and Goal coming up for KC.
Mahomes moving around in the pocket and finds Kelce wide open down field. He was picked up and thrown to the ground like a wrestling move, and the ball popped out but the ground caused the fumble.
1st and Goal from the 3 after the 18 yard Kelce gain.
Mahomes on the roll out to the left and finds Watson for a gain of seven on 1st and 15 after the false start backed the Chiefs up on 1st down.
2nd and 7 oming up.
Mahomes hits Hardman on the comeback route for 11 yards to move the chains on 3rd and long.
1st and 10 from the LA 25.
Pass to Edwards-Helaire is complete but he barley gets back to the line of scrimmage.
3rd and 10 coming up as KC looks to avoid going 3 and out for the second straight time.
Edwards-Helaire stopped for no gain on a first down run.
2nd and 10 for KC
KC have excellent field position starting this drive from the LA 36 after a short punt.
Herbert is sacked in the backfield on 3rd and 10, and it was almost a saftey as James got to the LA QB.
4th and long and the Chargers will have to punt after the Chiefs force another LA 3 and out.
Herbert and the Chargers start the possession from inside their 10 yard line.
On first down Herbert was hurried out of the roll out and threw it into the dirt.
Mahomes going short to Valdes -Scantling and that was a dangerous pass that was almost intercepted after Mahomes got some pressure in his face.
4th and 1 and the Chiefs punt the ball away. Missed opportunity for KC after getting a three and out.
Edwards-Helaire on a run up the middle for 2 yards.
3rd and 1 for the Chiefs.
Mahomes starts the drive with an out route to Valdes-Scantling. for seven yards.
2nd and 3 from the KC 36.
Herbert looking for Everett on 3rd and 2 but the pass is broken up and that's the first three and out of the Chargers night.
KC get the ball back at their 29 yard line with a chance to take the lead for the first time tonight.
6:24 left in the third quarter.
Herbert on a short pass to Michel out of the backfield for a six yard gain.
3rd and 2 coming up
The Chargers start the drvie from the 25 and go to Michel on the ground who picks up a gain of 2.
2nd and 8 from teh LA 27.
TOUCHDOWN KANSAS CITY!!
Mahomes steps up in the pocket and throws it off of one foot looking for Watson for a 41 yard TD strike! Quick fire TD from the Chiefs after almost turning the ball over earlier in the drive.
Chiefs are back to within three points. LA leads 17-14.
Mahomes under pressure again and he just has to throw it out of bounds to avoid the sack.
2nd and 10 from the LA 41
Edwards-Helaire out of the backfield up the middle on the short catch and he trucks a defender on his way to a 21 yard gain.
1st and 10 from the 41.
Smith-Schuster picks up 2 yards on a short reception.
2nd and 8 from the KC 38.
Mahomes to Gray on the slant to the right side for a gain of 11 on second down.
1st and 10 from the KC 36.
Mahomes almost intercepted again! Samuel stepped right in front of the receiver, had it in hands, bobbled it and dove to try to make the catch but on the replay you can see the ground help him control the catch.
It was originally called an interception, but after review the the call was reversed.
Mahomes being patient in the pocked and lets fly downfield looking for Hardman. It was intercepted, but there were two flags on the play, one against both teams so the play will be scratched and KC will have 1st and 10 from the 25 again.
The Chiefs get the ball back for the first time in the second half down by 10 and looking to get the offense going.
Herbert going to the endzone looking for Williams and he makes an incredible one handed catch and gets two feet down to stretch the lead to ten!
LA is up 17-7 with 9:52 to go in the third quarter.
Ekeler forces his way through the pile and gets over the first down marker on the two yard pick up.
1st and 10 from the KC 25.
Ekeler is stuffed at the line of scrimmage and it's decision time for LA who are looking at another 4th and short.
Kelley running right and he gets 8 yards and then Ekeler is stopped on 2nd and 2 for no gain.
3rd and 3 for the Chragers.
Herbert going back to his favorite first half target Williams and the Chargers move the chains with the 12 yard pick up.
1st and 10 from the KC 27.
Herbert rolls right and looks all the way across the field to Ekeler who make a move around a defender and gains 18 yards on the catch and run.
1st and 10 from the KC 41.
Ekeler up the gut for 18 yards.
1st and 10 from the LA 41 as the Chargers go up tempo.
Ekeler picks up 2 yards on first down and then Herbert hits Everett for 7 yards.
3rd and 1 coming up.
THE SECOND HALF IS UNDERWAY FROM ARROWHEAD!
The Chargers get the ball first and will take it from the 25.
How often do we see Patrick Mahomes make magic out of seemingly nothing. He found McKinnon on the 9 yard TD after extending the play out of the pocket.
Mahomes is 12/14 for 98 yards and a TD and has hit nine different receivers.
Herbert is 12/17 for 125 yards and a TD. Williams had 6 catches for 84 yards in the first two quarters.
Let's see if both quarterbacks turn it on in the second half .
We are headed to the halftime break in a much lower scoring game than expected.
Neither offense has really got going tonight.
The Chargers have 165 yards of offense while the Chiefs put up only 119 yards after posting 488 yards last week against the Cardinals.
Mahomes going deep but overthrows Kelce and that will be a quick 3 and out from KC.
LA take over from the 9 yard line with 6 seconds to go and that should take us to halftime.
Mahomes hits Valdes-Scantling for 6 yards.
3rd and 6 upcoming.
4 yard pick up for Smith-Schuster. 2nd and 12
Mahomes looking down field on first down. He overshot Edwards-Helaire and a holding call on the KC O lineman.
1st and 16 now for the Chiefs.
KC will start their drive from the 14 yard line with 53 seconds left and two timeouts in their pocket.
Herbert had time but the coverage was great down field and the LA QB decided to try to run for it but Jones got the 1 yard sack.
KC takes a timeout with 1:11 to go as the Chargers will punt.
Kelly rumbling up field for 6 yards on the run up the middle, and that will bring up 3rd and 1 from the KC 47, but not before we take a break for the Two Minute Warning.
Herbert was under pressure as the KC defense show blitz. Palmer was open on the left side again and picks up the 1st doen on another 10 yard gain.
1st and 10 from the LA 44.
Ekeler is stopped at the line of scrimmage on first down.
2nd and 10 with 4 minutes to go in the half.
Herbert on the roll out and finds Palmer wide open on the right sideline for a gain of 10.
1st and 10 from the LA 33
Carter returns the punt for 12 yards and the Chargers will start their drive from their 23 up by 3 with 5:15 to go in the first half.
Pacheco gets eaten up at the line of scrimmage and what a play from Traquill to force 4th and short.
KC will punt the ball.
Edwards-Helaire is stopped just short of the first down marker on the run to the left side.
3rd and Short for KC from the 30.
Hardman on the short pass, using his moves to stretch the short pass into a gain of 8 yards.
2nd and 8 for the Chiefs.
Mahomes to Kelce over the middle, and Kelce made a sweet pivot move to get up the field and pick up the first down on the 8 yard reception.
Edwards-Helaire starts the drive with a 4 yard run.
2nd and 6 from the KC 12.
KC will take over from their own 8 yard line with just under nine minutes to go in the half.
Herbert's pass to Palmer was behind the receiver and the Chargers will punt on 4th and 2 from around midfield.
Ekeler runs left and cuts up field for a gain of 5 yards and he's got the ball on three straight snaps.
3rd and 1 from the KC 48
Ekeler picks up another 4 yards on first down.
2nd and 6 from the LA 49.
Ekeler patiently choosing his hole and he picks up the first down on the 4 yard run.
1st and 10 form the LA 45.
What a snag from Williams for a gain of 8 on the come back route.
3rd and 2 coming up.
Herbert incomplete on first down looking for Palmer.
2nd and 10 from the LA 33.
Carter takes it out to the 33 on a 30 yard return. THe ball squeaked out, but the ground caused the fumble so the Chargers will keep hold of the ball.
The full back Horvath is a TD machine! The rookie has started his NFL career with two TDs in his first two games.
Mahomes working his magic, getting out of the pocket skips a tackle keeps his eyes downfield and sidearms a 9 yard TD pass to McKinnon.
Chiefs are back in this game after a slow start. LA leads 10-7 with 11:38 to go in the first half.
Defense jumped on 3rd down and KC had a free play in which Mahomes hit Kelce for 19 yards.
1st and Goal from the 9.
Gray stopped for little to no gain on 2nd down and that brings up 3rd and 4 from the LA 28.
McKinnon on the run to the right side picks up 5.
22nd and 5 from the LA 31.
Mahomes going deep to Valdes-Scantling but he was held up and the flag flies for illegal contact on the defense.
1st and 10 for the Chiefs from the LA 36 after the penalty.
Mahomes almost gave it back to the Chargers after trying to find Valdes-Scantling on the out route but left it behind him and that was one of those typical passes that get picked off and taken for six.
2nd and 10. from the LA 45.
Mahomes starting to look like Mahomes for the first time tonight. He hits Hardman on the post route for a gain of 30 and that gets this crowd back into this game after the Chargers brough a hush to Arrowhead.
1st and 10 from the LA 45.
Herbert told Williams to go up and get it and that's what he did! Big gain of 39 that set up the opening TD of the game.
The play action freezes the defense and opens Horvath up in the endzone for his second touchdown in as many games to start his NFL career!
Chargers lead 10-0 to start the second quarter.
Herbert is 8/11 for 96 yards already. Williams exploded for 5 catches and 76 yards in the first quarter.
Mahomes is 4/4 but for just 13 yards.
Michele is stood up at the line of scrimmage on first down.
That will bring us to the end of the first quarter and the Chargers are knocking on the door when we start the 2nd quarter from Arrowhead.
HERBERT GOING DEEP AND FINDS WILLIAMS AT THE GOAL LINE!!!
What a bomb from Herbert, and Williams went up and grabbed it at it's highest point despite being drapped by the defender.
1st and Goal from the 1 after the big play.
Michel picks up 7 yards on his first run of the night.
2nd and 3 as the Chargers keep creeping into KC territory
Herbert gets the first down on the QB sneak.
1st and 10 from the KC 47.
Herbert goes back to Williams on 3rd Down and 6 and they will bring out the sticks, and he will be a half yard short.
4th and short from the 48. LA will go for it.
Disaster overted as the Chargers pass it out to the flat to Carter who looked to Ekeler across the field. It looked like he was going to throw a bomb down field but the Chiefs broke up the trick play before it could develop. Loss of four.
3rd and 6 coming up.
Herbert going back to Wiliams over the middle and that goes for 8 yards. Williams already has 3 catches.
2nd and 2 from the 50.
Stark contrast to the game last week against the Cardinals where the Chiefs moved the ball with ease for four quarters.
LA's zone defense is giving the Chiefs fits. That's something they are going to have to figure out quickly.
The Chargers will have great field position after Carter returns the punt 5 yards to the LA 42.
Screen pass is stuffed by the Chargers and the Chiefs go 3 and out after the sack compliated things from the start.
4th and 21 and the Chiefs will punt for the second time in the first quarter.
Mahomes is dropped by a duo of Chargers. Tranquill got to him first and Mack finished the deal for a loss of nine yards on the sack.
3rd and 16 upcoming.
Edwards-Helaire gets the handoff to start the drive again. He picks up 3 yards.
2nd and 7 for the Chiefs.
Here come the Chiefs starting their second drive from the 25 after the touchback.
FIELD GOAL CHARGERS!!!
Hopkins drills the 31 yard field goal and the Chargers are the first on the board.
LA lead 3-0 early on with 5:58 to go in the first quarter.
Everett on the out route had a lot of work to do on the short pass and he tried to dance his way to the marker, but came up 2 yards shorts.
4th and 2 and LA will kick the FG.
Screen pass is sniffed out by Gay and drops Ekeler for a loss of 3 yards.
3rd and 13 coming up for the Chargers.
Herbert extending the play in the pocket and was looking for Palmer, but he was dragged down by the defender and a PI flag flies.
That will move the chains and extend the drive. 1st and 10 from the KC 21.
First missed target by Herbert who was looking for Palmer on 2nd and 3 and the Chargers are looking at 3rd andn 3 from the KC 29.
After Ekeler picks up 8 yards on his first run, he hits Carter for a gain of 12 yards to move the chains.
1st and 10 from the KC 36.
Herbert is perfect at Arrowhead in his two games here with 7 TDs and 0 INTs.
Herbert going to Williams on the first two passes of the game. The first pass picks up 9 and the goes for a gain of 15.
1st and 10 from the LA 44.
Here comes Herbert on the first drive of the night. The Chargers had a perfect opening drive planned against the Raiders last week. Lets see if they come up with more of the same tonight.
It might have been 4 down territory but not after Bosa blows up the jet sweep run by Hardman for a lost of 5.
The Chiefs will punt the ball on their opening possessioin and the Charget get the ball at the 20 after the touchback.
Kelce makes a tough catch on the sideline for a pick up of 6 yards.
3nd and short coming up again and it might be 4 down territory.
Mahomes' first pass is a screen pass to Edwards-Helaire and that catch and run goes for 10 yards and a first down.
1st and 10 from midfield.
Burton moves the chains on a run up the middle for 6 yards.
The full back gives KC their first 1st down of the night.
Back to Edwards-Helaire on second down and he gets to just short of the marker bringing up 3rd and inches.
Edwards-Helaire gets the opening hand off and picks up 5 yards.
2nd and 5 coming from the 30.
Patrick Mahomes is 21-3 all time against AFC West opponents all time.
WE ARE UNDERWAY FROM ARROWHEAD!!!
The Chargers won the toss and differed, and Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs will take over from the 25 to start the game.
According to Bet365.com the Chiefs are a 4 point favorite at home and the Over/Under is 52.5. I think the Chiefs cover the spread at home and I don't see as many points being scored as pepole think.
Amazon Prime NFL debut
For the first time ever the NFL goes digital as Thursday Night Football will be broadcasted on Amazon Prime this season. The Chiefs and the Chargers will take part in the inaugural game broadcast on the streaming service as Al Michaels and Kirk Herbstriet will provide commentary with Kaylee Hurtung reporting on the sidelines.
Keenan Allen out
Justin Herbert and the Chargers will not have their top target after Keenan Allen injured his hamstring in the season opener against the Raiders. Before getting hurt Allen had four catches for 66 yards, including a 42 yard reception.
The absence of Tyreek Hill was barley noticed, if at all, in the Chiefs first game the regular season. The speedy receiver was Kansas City’s down field threat for the last few years, but was shipped to South Beach in the offseason leaving many questions concerning the offense of KC this season. Those questions were quelled instantly when the Chiefs totaled 488 yards of total offense.
We all know that the AFC West on paper looks like the toughest division in football. The Chiefs have been the pace setters in the AFC for the last four years. The Raiders made the playoffs last year, and knocking out the Chargers on the last play of the season. And with the Broncos addition of Russell Wilson under center, Denver are now contenders in the conference.
The Chargers could make an early statement tonight by getting to the top of the division after just two weeks, but the Chiefs will have other ideas.
Mahomes vs. Herbert
Patricks Mahomes was one of the preseason favorites to win the NFL MVP for a second time in his career. He got off on the right foot last week, throwing for five touchdowns for the sixth time in his career. Justin Herbert hit 76% of his passes against the Chargers while throwing three touchdowns and totaling 279 yards. Herbert’s progression through since his rookie year has been astronomical, and in his third year in the league don’t be surprised if he is in the MVP conversation at the end of the year.
Mahomes is in the building
The Chiefs make their home debut at Arrowhead tonight after laying the smackdown on the Cardinals in Arizona last week. They are led by their superstar captain on the offensive end Patrick Mahomes, who looks a lot like that guy from the State Farm commercials.
Chargers roll up to KC focused
The Chargers know Arrowhead Stadium well, and have beaten the Chiefs on these grounds the last two times they have visited Kansas City, including last year’s 30-24 win in late September.
Chargers last week
This will be the Chargers second straight divisional game after beating the Las Vegas Raiders in the season opener. Justin Herbert and the offense moved the ball with ease in the second half, and the revamped defense looked better than ever with the addition of Khalil Mack and a beefed up secondary that picked off Derek Carr three times. Mack sacked Carr three times, including the game winner on 4th down to secure the win for the Chargers.
Chiefs in Week 1
Any questions about the Chiefs potential struggles on the offensive end after trading away Kareem Hunt were answered immediately as Patrick Mahomes and the rest of the unit ran rampant on the Arizona Cardinals. The KC QB threw for 360 yards and five touchdowns in the 44-21 beatdown. Juju Smith-Schuster was brought in to fill the void left by the Hill trade, and he had a solid debut with 79 yards on six catches, but the offense will always run through Travis Kelce who caught eight balls for 121 and a touchdown.
We are live from Kansas City
Hello everyone and welcome to Aarowhead Stadium where the Chiefs and the Chargers will battle to take early control on the AFC West tonight from Kansas City. Both LA and KC won their season openers, and only one will survive tonight with an unblemished record after two games. KC have dominated the division for the last six years and will look to stretch that streak to seven this year, but the Chargers are the up and comers seeking to dethrone the Chiefs this year.
Chargers vs. Chiefs
It’s an early season heavyweight battle in the AFC as division rivals Kansas City and Los Angeles battle on Thursday Night Football to being Week 2 of the NFL regular season. AS English will be by your side all night with live coverage, stats, highlights and analysis of tonight’s Chargers vs. Chiefs showdown.