On Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs will be trying to get back to .500 on the road against the San Diego Chargers. These days, going on the road to play the Chargers will be more like a quasi home game, with so many already having deserted the team, expecting a move to Los Angeles.
The Chiefs, who have been getting respect all year from Vegas, are getting it once more in Week 11. Despite a losing record, oddsmakers are tabbing Kansas City as a three-point favorite, per OddsShark. The Chiefs won at San Diego last year, earning the victory on a last-second Cairo Santos field goal.
This year, the Chargers are 2-7 and look like a group ready for the golf course. They are all sorts of banged up, although they are coming off a BYE week and perhaps will be fresh. San Diego will be without leading receiver Keenan Allen (kidney) who has been placed on Injured Reserve. The Chargers are also waiting to see whether defensive end Corey Liuget and wide receiver Malcom Floyd can suit up.
Kansas City is the better team and if it wants to make the postseason, needs to pick up a win here. The Chiefs are and should be favored because at this point, are the superior team on both sides of the ball. While Philip Rivers is having a great year, the team around him is horrible. Rivers has no offensive line and the running backs are putrid. The San Diego defense is also nothing more than a bad rumor at this point, especially in the front seven.
It is incredible how the fortunes of a team can turn. At 1-5, the Chiefs looked headed directly for oblivion. A month later, and folks are talking about them as a group on the rise, potentially dangerous in the AFC playoff picture.