Week 15: Chiefs (7-6) at Chargers (11-2)

After last weekend's choke job, the playoffs aren't Kansas City's first priority right now. They just need to get a win. Accomplishing that against the league's hottest team seems very unlikely. The Chiefs are falling fast, while the Chargers are Super Bowl favorites. This isn't an automatic loss for the Chiefs, but they will need to play their best game this year and a little bit of luck to win.

Series History:

Kansas City holds a 49-43-1 advantage all-time. The Chiefs won earlier this year at Arrowhead, 30-27 but have lost their last two games in San Diego.



The Chiefs are 13th in total defense (323.5) after last week's game against Baltimore. They dropped to 15th against the run (110.6), and 20th against the pass (212.8). Kansas City is giving up 19.7 points per game, tied for 10th in the NFL.

Kansas City's offense was a real disappointment against Baltimore, as they only managed to score three points before garbage time. They also had three turnovers. They are currently 15th in total offense (324.2), seventh on the ground (133.3) and 19th through the air (190.9) The Chiefs are averaging 20.5 points per game, 14th in the NFL.


San Diego's defense has been suffocating, as they are seventh in the NFL in total defense (294.3). They're particularly good against the run as they are seventh in the league (97.8). Their pass defense is tied for 11th in the NFL (196.5). San Diego is giving up 19.8 points per game, good for 12th in the NFL.

San Diego is the highest scoring team in the league right now, and will present a tough matchup for the Chiefs. They are currently fifth in the NFL in total offense (366.2), third in rushing offense (152.3) and 14th through the air (213.8). The Chargers lead the NFL in scoring at 32.7 points per game.

The Facts:

• The Chiefs are 9-3 all-time on Sunday Night Football, including wins in their last two road contests. This will be the first primetime game between the Chiefs and Chargers in San Diego.

• San Diego is 2-17 under Marty Schottenheimer when scoring 17 points or less, including five straight defeats.

• The Colts and Chargers are the only two teams in the NFL this season to be undefeated at home (6-0).

LaDainian Tomlinson has had a tough time in his career against the Chiefs. In 10 career starts, Tomlinson has averaged only 18.3 carries for 75.3 yards on the ground with only five rushing touchdowns.

• Dating back to 2005, the Chargers have only allowed three 100-yard rushing games. Two of those come from Larry Johnson. Dating back to the start of the 2001 season, no NFL teams own more rushing touchdowns than the Chiefs (144) and Chargers (124).

• KC has won three of its last four games at San Diego in the month of December. The Chiefs are seeking their first December road win since 2004, when they beat Tennessee.

Injury Report:


QUESTIONABLE: LB Rich Scanlon (neck), RT Kyle Turley (shoulder), DT Jimmy Wilkerson (hamstring)


OUT: WR Malcom Floyd (ankle)

DOUBTFUL: G Scott Mruczkowski (knee)

QUESTIONABLE: DE Luis Castillo (ankle), LB Randall Godfrey (calf), LB Marques Harris (hamstring), WR Keenan McCardell (calf), LB Shaun Phillips (hamstring), DE Derreck Robinson (foot)

PROBABLE: C Nick Hardwick (ankle), S Bhawoh Jue (knee), S Marlon McCree (calf/knee), RB Michael Turner (hamstring), DT Jamal Williams (knee)

Weather Report:


Forecast calls for thundershowers with a 40 percent chance of precipitation. There will be a high of 55 degrees and a low of 46.

PREDICTION: Chargers 38, Chiefs 20

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