Omni (WSN)

Dec 16, 2021

This one is for all the marbles, or so they say. NFL analysts and fans of both the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers have been pointing to Week 15 as the ultimate showdown in the AFC West. It makes sense given that the two teams are the top two in the division with only a single game between them.

The Chargers won the first of two scheduled games between them back in Week 3, but that feels like a lifetime ago for the Chiefs. Kansas City’s defense has come alive since that first meeting and is playing like the league’s best overall unit in the last six games. In that first meeting, the Chiefs were without several important contributors and weren’t riding a six-game win streak as they are now. That said, the Chargers are at home and are coming off of big wins over the Cincinnati Bengals and New York Giants in recent weeks. If they can win on Sunday, they’ll hold the edge over the Chiefs with a very easy schedule the rest of the way. That means they would likely own the division title and a postseason berth with a victory on Thursday. The Chiefs are playing complete football right now, which is the opposite of how they looked back in Week 3. They’ve learned to minimize mistakes and get after the passer. Young players have stepped up on every level of the defense and special teams units are executing at a high level. The Chiefs look like the preseason superpower they were expected to be. The Chargers have a lot of weapons and Justin Herbert is the real deal, but the Chiefs have owned the West for five straight seasons. Chiefs 26-20 Chargers.