The LA Chargers aren’t in action in Week 7, but the team’s stock is still on the rise, at least in AFC West. The rest of AFC West are playing and most notably, the Kansas City Chiefs have lost.
The Chiefs were on the road against the Tennessee Titans and they didn’t just lose; they were bombed. The offensive was unable to do anything as Patrick Mahomes continued to struggle with turnover issues. The defense kept this game from being as ugly as it could have been, but the KC defense is still not great.
The Chargers already have a win over the Chiefs and had a better record than the Chiefs heading into Week 7. And while we feel good with the Bolts, the Chiefs still have the respect of being the best team in the league over the course of the week. of the last three seasons.
Not anymore. After the Kansas City Chiefs Week 7 broadcast, we can definitely say that the LA Chargers are a better football team. Does that guarantee the Chargers will win the AFC West? No, they still have to run. However, the ball is absolutely in the Chargers’ court.
Before delving into the reasoning, it has nothing to do with a potential injury from Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes’ injury has occurred at the time of writing and that is not a reason. This article is written under the impression that Mahomes is fully recovering from the frightening blow he suffered. Looks like it was probably just a sting, but our best wishes go to Mahomes.
When you compare the two teams, it’s clear the Chargers have the advantage. Defensively both teams have holes but the LA Chargers have more playmakers and don’t have that many holes. The Bolts fight the run but so do the Chiefs, who also fight the pass. LA also has the two best defensive players on each team: Joey Bosa and Derwin James.
The offensive gap is no longer so great, especially if Patrick Mahomes returns the ball as much as he does. Mahomes absolutely gets the benefit of the doubt on the quarterback standings, but Justin Herbert is playing better football.
Yes, Mahomes has more touchdown passes and the Chiefs have a lot of first downs. It doesn’t matter if you’re guaranteed to return the ball once per game (and it’s a good game for the Chiefs). Mahomes returned the ball three times in Week 7, bringing his season tally to 12 turnovers in seven games.
Chiefs fans can make any excuses they want for the bad luck turnovers and lost passes. At some point, it becomes a legitimate trend and it is with Mahomes. I’d much rather take the way Justin Herbert is playing this season rather than Patrick Mahomes.
The LA Chargers can more than track the Chiefs offensively and aren’t as exposed defensively. Add to that Kansas City’s turnover issues and it really seems like a given: The LA Chargers are a better football team.
The Chargers now have a 1.5 game advantage over the Chiefs, who at the the absolute best can finish 13-4 this season. It’s a very doable record for the Bolts after starting 4-2 with an easier schedule ahead.