Don’t look now, but the Kansas City Chiefs have rattled off six straight victories after a rough start to the season. Patrick Mahomes has responded, Clyde Edwards-Helaire has returned, and the defense has stunned everybody with a string of impressive performances. But, a matchup with the Los Angeles Chargers looms, and Justin Herbert is dealing once again as he sets out to break yet another NFL record.
Nonetheless, Mahomes’ surprising record against the AFC West spells good news for Kansas City and could mean frustration for the Chargers at home.
Patrick Mahomes dominates against the AFC West in his career
It isn’t surprising that the Chiefs have had their way with the division since Mahomes entered the league. After all, they are the back-to-back AFC Champions and just a couple of years removed from winning the Super Bowl over the San Francisco 49ers.
Still, this is impressive. Mahomes has three losses against the AFC West — although one came against these Chargers earlier in the year. Mahomes deals against the division and just destroyed the Las Vegas Raiders in a 48-9 blowout days earlier at Arrowhead Stadium.
Can Mahomes stack up another win against the Chargers?
Or will the Chiefs get swept in 2021 by LA?
Justin Herbert vs. Patrick Mahomes is the matchup of all matchups
The debate keeps on going. Herbert or Mahomes?
Yes, the Chiefs gunslinger has an impressive resume and a pair of Super Bowl appearances — including one Super Bowl MVP trophy.
On the other hand, Herbert is in his second year and continues to shatter records for young quarterbacks. Either way, both guys are spectacular and will be battling for AFC supremacy for the next half dozen years, at least.
Mahomes and the Chiefs endured a rocky start to the year but have since bounced back with six victories in a row. The former Texas Tech star has thrown for 27 touchdowns and 3,642 yards but has tied his career-high in interceptions with 12.
Herbert continues to impress after entering the NFL with a room full of doubters. In 2021, the Oregon product has 3,822 yards with 30 touchdowns and 11 interceptions while sitting in the top-five in passing yards and touchdowns.
It’s always fun to debate who is better. Regardless, enjoy these two superstar quarterbacks dominate the NFL for years to come.
The Chargers-Chiefs showdown is ravaged by COVID-19 issues on both sides of the ball
With all of the hype surrounding this critical AFC West clash, COVID-19 popped in and decided to rear its ugly head once again.
The Chargers played last week without Keenan Allen, although the star wide receiver is ready to roll against the Chiefs. But, one of Herbert’s favorite young players will be out for the game as Rashawn Slater tested positive.
Austin Ekeler seems ready to roll, and getting Derwin James and Asante Samuel Jr. back together is a massive boost for LA.
On the other side of the ball, the Chiefs also have their own injuries and COVID issues to deal with as Chris Jones is out after a positive test as their defense continues to take hits.
The NFL as a whole has been ravaged by the virus this week more than ever, it seems, and Thursday’s heavyweight battle will be missing a few key pieces.
It should still make for a fascinating game, especially with the AFC West lead on the line. A Chargers victory sends them to the top, and a Chiefs victory could send them to the top of the AFC, depending on how things play out over the weekend.
Sit back and enjoy the Mahomes-Herbert showdown at SoFi Stadium on Thursday.
Stats Courtesy of Pro Football Reference