Chiefs vs. Chargers: Why Kansas City’s defense will thrive in Week 2

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KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – DECEMBER 29: Defensive end Chris Jones #95 of the Kansas City Chiefs reacts after making a tackle during the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Arrowhead Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) (Chiefs vs. Chargers)

The Chiefs defense should post even more impressive numbers against the Chargers in Week 2.

As good as the Kansas City Chiefs defense looked at times against the Houston Texans, holding them to seven points through three-and-a-half quarters last Thursday, Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers should be even better.

The Chargers faced off against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, and they did not look very good. They ended up winning the game, but honestly, the Bengals gave it away as opposed to the Chargers winning. The Chiefs defense should handle the Chargers offense easily and here are a few reasons why.

Chargers offense was poor against a bad defense

The Bengals were one of the worst defenses in the league in 2019. According to Football Outsiders, they ranked 29th against the pass and 28th against the run. They had a single Pro Bowler in Geno Atkins, and you could make the argument he made the squad largely due to his name. With 4.5 sacks and four tackles for loss, it was his worst season in several years.

Even so, the Chargers only mustered one touchdown on the afternoon to go along with three field goals. If it weren’t for the Bengals untimely fumble deep in their own territory in the fourth quarter, it’s very possible the Chargers lose this game.

It’s a new season and that means it’s possible that with the team and culture the Bengals have now, along with the addition of a charismatic quarterback, that by the end of the season they’ll be respectable. Given their history over the last several years, they’ll have to prove it first. Simply put, the Chargers offensive debut was not a good one.

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