Kansas City Chiefs 2017: Week 15 Notes vs. Los Angeles Chargers
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The Kansas City Chiefs look to cool off the rejuvenated Los Angeles Chargers in this key AFC West match-up at Arrowhead Stadium.

Los Angeles Chargers (7-6) at Kansas City Chiefs (7-6)

History

  • Chiefs in position to sweep series for the fourth consecutive year.
  • Three months ago at Los Angeles (Week 3), Chiefs managed 24-10 victory.
  • Seven straight wins in this longtime AFC West rivalry.
  • Chargers have lost 3 straight at Arrowhead Stadium dating back to ’14.

Chargers By The Numbers

  • Defeated Redskins, 30-13, in Week 14.
  • 7-6 record in ’17 (5-11 in ’16, 4-12 in ’15).
  • Won 4 straight games, 7-2 record in last 9 games (opened 0-4 in ’17).
  • QB Philip Rivers: 96-of-139 (69.1 pct.), 1,348 yards, 8 TD passes, 0 INT in last 4 games.
  • WR Keenan Allen: 39 rec., 547 yards, 4 TD in last 4 games; Allen: 100-plus receiving yards in 4 straight games.
  • 22 takeaways in 13 games in ’17 (28 takeaways in ’16, 20 takeaways in ’15, 18 takeaways in ’14).
  • 11 turnovers in 13 games in ’17 (NFL-high 35 turnovers in ’16).
  • 3-15 in last 18 games vs. AFC West rivals dating back to Week 15 of ’14.

Chiefs By The Numbers

  • Defeated Raiders, 26-15, in Week 14.
  • 7-6 record in ’17 (12-4, won AFC West in ’16).
  • 2-6 record in last 8 games (opened 5-0 in ’17).
  • QB Alex Smith: Incl. playoffs, 69-35-1 in 105 starts (49-29 with Chiefs) dating back to ‘11 (19-31 in 50 games as a starter from 2005-10).
  • 17 takeaways in 13 games in ’17 (33 takeaways in ‘16, 29 takeaways in ’15; 14 takeaways in ’14).
  • 29-10 record in last 39 regular season games dating back to ’15 (opened 1-5 in ’15).
  • 14-2 record vs. AFC West rivals dating back to ’15 (3-1 in ’17).

Things To Look For

Anthony Lynn’s team has all the momentum these days while the Chiefs look like they’re headed in the opposite direction. Still, those seven straight wins in this series by Andy Reid’s team loom large and Arrowhead Stadium is never an easy place to play when it comes to the opposition. You could almost toss a coin as to what version of each of these teams shows up on Saturday night. But if the Bolts are to remain hot, they have to continue to take care of the football – a highlight of their current winning ways.

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