Chiefs vs. Chargers: Can we believe again?
By David Thomas
Joey Bosa vs. Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz
Every team in the AFC West seems to have a premier pass rusher, and in this divisional matchup the Chiefs will be up against the youngest in Bosa. In 2016 Bosa exploded onto the scene after missing the first 4 games of the season with 10.5 sacks in 12 games played. Some speculated that there was no way Bosa could continue that success with his limited athletic ability compared to other premier rushers. However, Bosa has gotten even better with 11.5 sacks in 13 games and 4 forced fumbles and should be a candidate for Defensive Player Of the Year.
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Schwartz and Fisher have yet to miss a single snap all season with a combined 1002 snaps. Together they have allowed 63 total pressures including 6 sacks. On the surface when you compare their individual numbers against the rest of the league, they appear fairly average.
However, they are the only tackle combination to have over 500 snaps played each, and no one over 500 snaps has allowed less total pressures than Schwartz with 28. Fisher comes in at 3rd behind Schwartz and Ereck Flowers (who has given up 3 more sacks) with 35 total pressures. I think it may be fair to say they’re the most underrated tackle pair in the NFL.
Fisher and Schwartz will be facing their toughest test of the season against one of the better complete packages on the outside in Bosa. Currently Bosa ranks 2nd in pass rushing and 7th in run stop percentage among 4-3 defensive ends. His 1 sack against the Chiefs earlier in the season came on a swim move getting around Schwartz. With the offensive line looking much improved in recent weeks, I don’t think Bosa has a sack this game.