Welcome back to another victory edition of the AFC West Report. This week is especially sweet given the particular brand of victory – our wonderful Chiefs defeated my husband’s beloved Cowboys and we were at the game. That means I get about four years of bragging rights, and I am certainly not going to let that go. But before I continue to make fun of my husband in published writing, let’s look around the AFC West at the rest of our division rivals…
The Los Angeles Chargers hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday Night Football and while everyone thought the game of the week was the matchup between the Chiefs and Cowboys, it turns out the game of the week was actually this one. The Chargers blasted off to an early lead, but thanks to poor defensive play on behalf of the Chargers, they squandered that lead. In a wild fourth quarter, the Chargers defense finally decided to do something and held the Steelers to a field goal as they took a three point lead. However, Herbert was able to strike back with a touchdown and the Chargers won a wild one.
This Mike Williams touchdown sealed the deal and showed the explosiveness of the Chargers offense. They have issues, for sure, but the Chargers advanced to 6-4 on the season and are nipping at the heels of the first place Chiefs. The Chargers aren’t “Charger-ing” quite as much this season:
The Chargers faced some COVID scares heading into the game, so that is something to monitor heading into next week. Another thing to monitor will be the status of Asante Samuel who suffered a concussion and is in the concussion protocol. He has become an essential part of their defense and will be missed when going up against the Broncos on Sunday.
The Chargers travel to Denver to take on the Broncos on Sunday in a must win. If the Chargers win on Sunday, they will draw even with the Chiefs and be in first place due to the win over the Chiefs earlier this season. Denver can play well at times so hopefully they are able to handle the Chargers and hand them a loss on the season.