Chargers, Chiefs set for huge AFC West clash

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This is huge for both the AFC West playoff race and the wildcard race. The Chiefs held Allen to a pedestrian five catches for 61 yards in the Week 3 matchup as QB Philip Rivers turned the ball over three times.

Two teams now sharing the lead of the AFC West have the chance to edge out ahead in the push for a playoff spot before the final two-week run in. The Chargers started the season with four straight losses, but they can gain sole possession for first place in the AFC West if they can defeat Kansas City on Saturday (5:25 p.m. PT/8:25 p.m. ET, NFL Network). Rivers threw three interceptions against the Chiefs in that game as the Chargers went on to lose 24-10.

2-6 record in last 8 games (opened 5-0 in '17). With Smith at the helm for all of them, he'd become the first quarterback in Chiefs franchise history to reach the playoffs four or more times in a five-year span. Fernando Ramirez looks at the Chargers while Derek Togerson deals with the Chiefs keys to victory.

The Chargers and Chiefs are pretty even in this one, and the line represents that fact by the listing as even.

After Saturday's game, the two contests left remaining on the Chargers schedule are against the New York Jets and Oakland Raiders. However, they have won only two games since, and many wrote them off for dead before they beat the Oakland Raiders last weekend.

The Chargers offensive line has been one of the unsung heroes of this season.

Setting up the biggest game of the season for both teams.

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Bears coach John Fox, meanwhile, may have a harder time getting a fourth season in the Windy City.

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As for the Chiefs, a win at home tonight leaves them with a home game versus Miami before ending the season in Denver against the Broncos. Running back Melvin Gordon is eighth in the National Football League with 853 rushing yards.

It's tough to say whether Kansas City will keep up good play. His 147-yard (and two-TD) day in the 33-7 drubbing of the Cincinnati Bengals last week saw him top the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the second straight season since being picked up in the fifth round of the 2016 draft.

Because in many ways the result of this game, and season, marks the end of an era in Kansas City.

And then you've got the added element of the Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith being from San Diego. TE Travis Kelce has a touchdown in two of his past three games vs. division opponents. That's where Justin Houston has to get re-acquainted with Philip Rivers.

FPI evaluates team strength going forward, but what about how the Chargers have actually played over their 13 games this year? Rivers will be looking Keenan Allen's way often but he'll need to be wary of Peters as he is one of the game's great playmakers at the defensive back position.

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