NFL PREVIEW: KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (1-0) AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (1-0)
WEEK 2 // SUNDAY, SEPT. 20, 2020 // 4:25 PM ET // SOFI STADIUM // REFEREE: CARL CHEFFERS
REGULAR SEASON HISTORY:
LEADER: Chiefs lead all-time series, 63-55-1
STREAKS: Chiefs have won 11 of past 12
LAST GAME: 12/29/19: Chargers 21 at Chiefs 31
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/9/18: Chiefs 38, Chargers 28
QB PATRICK MAHOMES completed 24 of 32 passes (75 pct.) for 211 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 123.3 rating last week, his 16th game with 3+ TD passes since 2018, most in NFL. Has 8 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 100.1 rating in 4 career games vs. LAC. Aims for his 8th win in row vs. division as starter. Had 16 TDs (15 pass, 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 107.8 rating in 8 road games last season. • RB CLYDE EDWARDS-HELAIRE rushed for 138 yards & TD in NFL debut last week, 3rd-most rush yards by rookie in Week 1 since 2000 [KAREEM HUNT (148 in 2017) & CADILLAC WILLIAMS (148 in 2005)]. RB DARREL WILLIAMS aims for his 3rd in row vs. LAC with TD. Had 3 rush TDs in 6 road games last season. • WR TYREEK HILL had 5 catches for 46 yards & TD last week. Had 61 rec. yards in last meeting. Had 25 catches (5 per game) in 5 road games last season. WR SAMMY WATKINS led team with 7 catches for 82 yards & had rec. TD last week. WR MECOLE HARDMAN has TD catch in 2 of 3 career games on road vs. division. WR DEMARCUS ROBINSON had TD catch in last meeting. TE TRAVIS KELCE had 6 catches for 50 yards & TD last week. Had 7 catches for 92 yards & TD in last road meeting. • DT CHRIS JONES led team with 1.5 sacks last week. Had sack in last meeting. Has sack in 5 of his past 6 on road. DE FRANK CLARK had sack last week. Aims for his 4th in row vs. LAC with sack. Had 6 sacks in 8 road games last season. S TYRANN MATHIEU led team with 8 tackles last week. S L’JARIUS SNEED (rookie) had 1st-career INT in NFL debut last week.
QB TYROD TAYLOR passed for 208 yards last week. Has passed for 474 yards (237 per game) & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 101.2 rating in 2 career starts vs. KC. • RB AUSTIN EKELER led team with 84 rush yards last week. Has 347 scrimmage yards (115.7 per game) & TD in his past 3 vs. KC. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with 5+ catches. Had 731 scrimmage yards (91.4 per game) in 8 home games last season. RB JOSHUA KELLEY rushed for 60 yards & TD last week in NFL debut, becoming first LAC rookie with rush TD in Week 1 since HOFer LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (2001). • WR KEENAN ALLEN had 4 catches last week. Aims for 3rd in row vs. KC with 8+ catches, 70+ rec. yards & rec. TD. Aims for his 6th in row vs. division with 5+ catches. WR MIKE WILLIAMS had 4 catches for 69 yards last week. Has 75+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. KC. Aims for his 7th in row at home with 50+ rec. yards. TE HUNTER HENRY led team with 5 catches for 73 yards last week. Had TD catch in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with 5+ catches. • DE JOEY BOSA had 2 TFL & sack last week. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 at home vs. division. DE MELVIN INGRAM had 3rd-career INT last week. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 vs. KC. DE UCHENNA NWOSU had sack last week. DT JERRY TILLERY had sack in Week 1. LB DENZEL PERRYMAN had 3rd-career FF last week. Had FF in last home meeting. CB CASEY HAYWARD led team with 2 PD & career-high 12 tackles last week.
The Chiefs have won 15 of their last 16 AFC West games, with the only defeat coming at home against the Chargers on December 13, 2018 — by one point. That victory is the only one for the Chargers in the last 12 meetings between the two sides.
After starting last season 6-4, Kansas City has won 10 straight games, regular season and playoffs. The streak began last November with a win over the Chargers in Mexico City. Each of the last seven victories has come by a double-digit margin; since 2000, only the 2007 Patriots (eight games) have had a longer streak of wins by 10 or more points.
Los Angeles’ 16-13 win at Cincinnati last week was just the third victory for the team since 2007 in a regular-season or postseason game in which they scored fewer than 17 points. The Chargers had dropped 36 of their previous 38 games when failing to reach 17 points.
First-round pick Clyde Edwards-Helaire rushed for 138 yards in his NFL debut, Thursday’s victory over Houston. It was the most rushing yards in the NFL in Week 1, and Edwards-Helaire was the third player ever to rush for at least 100 yards in a Chiefs debut (Kareem Hunt — 148 in 2017; Christian Okoye — 105 in 1987).
Fourth-year man Austin Ekeler rushed for 84 yards in Week 1 — second most in his career — and is now 45 yards short of 1500 for his career. He would become the fourth player to compile 1500 rushing yards and 1500 receiving yards since 2017, joining Todd Gurley II, Christian McCaffrey and Alvin Kamara.
Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes, who turns 25 on Thursday, has already won an NFL MVP and a Super Bowl MVP. Chargers signal-caller Tyrod Taylor is 31 years old and is playing for his fourth NFL team. Among quarterbacks with at least 1000 career pass attempts, Taylor has the second-lowest interception percentage at 1.44; Mahomes is third at 1.59.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (4:25 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter)
SIRIUS: 111 (KC), 81 (LAC) | XM: 381 (KC), 226 (LAC)