NFL Thursday pick: Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs

Ross Houston
December 14, 2018

Can the Chargers contain Patrick Mahomes?

Slowing down the Mahomes-driven offensive freight train will be critical for the Chargers, but they'll likely need to score their fair share of points unless a vortex sucks this game into bizzaro world and transforms it into a low-scoring affair. The Chiefs got conservative, though, and had to give it back to Rivers. "So we'll see where that goes".

Philip Rivers Los Angeles Chargers

Chiefs clinch division and first-round bye with a win, Chargers clinch playoffs with a win, and whichever team leaves the field smiling gets to believe it is king of the AFC. Who is going to slow him down?This is the time we do it. Though none of those losses have come against the Chargers.

The Chiefs will close out their season with a trip to Seattle to face the Seahawks in week 16 and host the lowly Raiders before the start of the postseason. Schefter had reported that Berry will make his season debut against the Chargers. Berry sustained a season-ending injury in last year's opener, then hurt his heel early in training camp.

"If you narrow it down, it was both sides of the ball", Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. "I know he would like to play in the game". More satisfying was the simple fact that Rivers and the Chargers had finally snapped their nine-game losing streak against Kansas City.

If Rivers has to match Mahomes sling for sling in a no-holds-barred football arms race, his chances of leading the Chargers to victory could be compromised, especially if his running back duo is sidelined. "He's a guy who can make all the throws", Chiefs cornerback Kendall Fuller said.

Los Angeles announced the wide receiver was questionable to return to the team's Thursday matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs as he has sustained a hip injury.

Kansas City safety Eric Berry, who last played for the Chiefs in Week 1 of the 2017 National Football League season before rupturing his left Achilles, is expected to make his season debut Thursday night vs Chargers, per source.

I thought we were supposed to get respect after we beat the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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