TV Schedule: Sunday, Nov. 24, 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS
Stadium: Arrowhead Stadium
Weather: High 41, Low 30
Line: Kansas City (-5)
After starting the season off strong, the San Diego Chargers have since dropped off the map a bit, sitting at 4-6 on the season. Philip Rivers has been much better this season than he has in years past, however. The veteran quarterback has passed for 2,989 yards and 19 touchdowns, hitting his old favorite target Antonio Gates 56 times for 664 yards and three touchdowns. Keenan Allen isn’t too far behind on the receiving list, catching 41 passes for 613 yards and three scores as well. Danny Woodhead has been a solid addition to the team, rushing for 241 yards and a score while catching 55 passes for 424 yards and four touchdowns. Ryan Matthews leads the rushing attack with 666 yards and two scores on the year.
The Kansas City Chiefs will be heading into week 12 with something they haven’t had all season long: a loss on their record. Although their record is no longer unblemished, the Chiefs are still one of the best teams in the league and quarterback Alex Smith and head coach Andy Reid have been big reasons for the turnaround. Smith has led this team from worst to first — or second — with his 2,149 yards and 11 touchdowns as well as his 317 rushing yards and a score. Dwayne Bowe leads all receivers with 426 yards and three touchdowns on 37 catches. Jamaal Charles has been the main weapon on offense, however, rushing for 803 yards and six touchdowns while catching 49 passes for 383 yards and two touchdowns.
Defensively, San Diego knows how to keep teams out of the endzone, but it gives up big yardage every game. Ranking 11th in points allowed per contest doesn’t give any insight to how poor the overall defense has been, ranking 27th in total yards allowed as well as passing yards allowed per game. Kansas City has one of the best defenses in the league this season, ranking 12th in total yards allowed per game as well as second in points allowed per game.
PREDICTION: Chargers 21, Chiefs 27