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NFL Week 15 Thursday Night Pick: Chargers and Chiefs Meet Again

Chargers look to get revenge on the Chiefs, and tie them atop of the AFC West division.

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NFL Week 15 Thursday Night Pick: Chargers and Chiefs Meet Again


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This past week’s games were absolutely insane. The league got weird last week.

The Patriots, Steelers, Broncos, Texans, Rams, and Panthers all lost this past week. If I told you all of those teams were going to lose their games, you probably would have told me to go kick rocks. Those teams had a combined record of 48-20-1 going into last week.

Miami Miracle

I called the Dolphins upsetting the Patriots because, well, there’s death, taxes, and the Patriots losing in Miami. At least that is how it seems the past few years. If you didn’t see how that game ended by the way, just have a look below at this craziness:

The Company You Keep

I called the Panthers losing to the Browns too because the Panthers are on a water slide to doom right now. Carolina has lost five-straight games. The only other teams in the league currently on a five-game losing streak are the Bengals and the Falcons. Good company right there.

The Streak is Over

The Colts snapped the Texans’ win streak; preventing Houston from notching their 10th straight win. Meanwhile, the Colts could be serious contenders for the AFC Wild Card, but they have a tough game against Dallas. The Titans are also sticking around in the AFC South at 7-6 too. They have the Giants this week.

Let’s Talk Embarrassment

The Rams got embarrassed against the Bears, but the embarrassment level doesn’t even come close to the level the Pittsburgh Steelers are at. You wanna talk about embarrassment?

The Steelers lost to the Raiders 24-21, and the Steelers had the chance to tie it at the end of the game but Chris Boswell pulled a Charlie Brown and slipped and fell, which resulted in his kick being blocked. Boswell had also missed a 39-yarder earlier in the game too, and now the Steelers are pretty much holding open tryouts at practice for the kicker position. I’d be a bit surprised if we see Boswell on the field again this season.

Keeping up with the Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers are the biggest sitcom in the league right now. It is always something crazy and dramatic every single damn week. I said this recently on my Facebook page:

Watching the Steelers is like watching The Dick Van Dyke Show. What can go wrong will go wrong, and they lose in the most bizarre ways and stupid crap happens that you just simply cannot make up…unless of course you’re a writer for the Dick Van Dyke Show.”

– Yours Truly

It’s so damn true. If you’ve watched the Dick Van Dyke Show, you’ll know what I’m talking about. The show basically is about a writer who always seems to have problems at work and at home that result in him getting into these whacky, hysterical dilemmas. Basically, the Pittsburgh Steelers in a nutshell.

The Steelers have the Patriots, Saints, and Bengals left on their schedule and we all know they aren’t surviving at least two of those games. If the Steelers miss the playoffs, it will be one of the biggest single season collapses by a team in NFL history; probably since the 2008 New York Jets. The Jets started the season 8-3, but finished 9-7. And yes…they ended up missing the playoffs.

Other notable collapses:

1987 San Diego Chargers

1978 Washington Redskins

1994 Philadelphia Eagles

1960 Baltimore Colts

2003 Minnesota Vikings

1996 Kansas City Chiefs

1977 Cleveland Browns

And…..THE 1998 PITTSBURGH STEELERS!

You can bet the 2018 Steelers will join that list…20 years later.

Ok, back to the game…

Anyway, we have a really exciting Thursday Night game this week. Chiefs and Chargers – the last time these two teams played this season was Week 1 and the Chiefs won 38-28. Both Patrick Mahomes and Philip Rivers were sensational that game, and I don’t see that being much different now in Week 15.

What will be different is that both teams won’t have their star running backs this time. Kareem Hunt is out for obvious and disgusting reasons,while Melvin Gordon is resting a knee injury.

I think this will be a nice shootout that will be high-scoring just like the first meeting. But this time around I like the Chargers’ defense more and I think they will step up and make some big plays tonight. I

I said this before and I’ll say it again: Derwin James will be a star in this league. The rookie safety for Los Angeles has logged 62 tackles, 3 interceptions, and 3.5 sacks on the year. The kid can do everything on defense. Joey Bosa is also back for the Chargers on defense, and I think that makes a difference here too. Bosa missed the first matchup against the Chiefs due to his foot injury.

The Chiefs are explosive on offense and Mahomes is still ballin’, but I don’t like their defense at all this year, and it’s one of the big reasons why I don’t think they’ll reach the Super Bowl. As I had mentioned in one of my previous articles, I think Kansas City is one of the worst defenses in the league.

So Who Wins?

Chiefs are already in the playoffs, while the Chargers are almost there, they can taste it. Give me a nice, high-scoring shootout but with the Chargers making just enough plays on defense to pull off the victory and tie with their Thursday Night foe in the AFC West standings. Chargers win 33-27.

Enjoy the game!

Matt lives in Newnan, Georgia but was born and raised in Upstate New York. He is a fan of the New York Yankees, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Boston Celtics. At the collegiate level, he is a Notre Dame and Syracuse fan (yeah he can root for both, and what?!) He must, however, find a soccer team to root for. So please...help him out there. All suggestions are welcome. You can catch Matt on the Turf mostly covering NFL, NBA, MLB, College Football and Basketball, and Horse Racing (that is not a typo, he practically grew up on a racetrack). It's nothing personal...it's strictly sports.

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