The Kansas City Chiefs (9-4) head to SoFi Stadium to take on the Los Angeles Chargers (8-5) tonight on Thursday Night Football to begin Week 15. This AFC West showdown features the second matchup between these two squads. In Week 3, QB Justin Herbert and the LA offense rallied back in the fourth quarter to defeat the Chiefs 30-24 — but this is a different Kansas City squad in Week 15. Can the Chiefs extend their six-game win streak while creating a cushion in the division? Here’s the start time, channel, and live streams for Thursday Night Football, as well as a preview and prediction.
What channel is Thursday Night Football on tonight?
- Channel: FOX, NFL Network, Amazon Prime Video
- Time: 8:15 PM ET
- Thursday Night Football live streams:
- NFL Mobile App
- YouTube TV
What to expect from tonight’s Chiefs vs. Chargers game?
Kansas City’s defense has turned a corner. After a rough start to the season, the Chiefs have held opponents to just 10.8 points over the last six games. The defense was finally rewarded with its second dominating performance from the offense in the same span. However, they will need just as great of an outing tonight on Thursday Night Football — their division rival is getting hot as well.
Can Los Angeles capitalize on DL Chris Jones’ absence?
COVID cases spiked this week in the NFL, but both of these teams remained relatively unscathed outside of two cases. Kansas City DL Chris Jones tested positive for COVID-19 and is out tonight. His 3.5-sack game in Week 11 was key to the Chiefs’ 19-9 victory over the Cowboys.
Jones’ play has vastly improved throughout the season, and Kansas City will miss his disruptive force against an explosive Chargers offense. Yet, Los Angeles is also down a critical piece tonight in Thursday Night Football.
Herbert will be without sensational rookie left tackle Rashawn Slater. Slater’s work in the trenches this season has been eye-popping, and while the chances of him winning Rookie of the Year are nonexistent, more notoriety needs to head his direction.
Unless Slater is miraculously cleared, the Chargers will be forced to start one of Trey Pipkins III, Storm Norton, or Matt Feiler at left tackle tonight. Los Angeles had a few other players dinged up at the beginning of the week, including RB Austin Ekeler and WR Mike Williams, both of whom were limited at practice. WR Keenan Allen is also returning from the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Kansas City hopes to avoid a sweep tonight in Thursday Night Football.
The first matchup of these two franchises took place nearly three months ago. Depth charts have changed, strategies have evolved, and no game reminded us of that more than Week 14’s Monday Night Football game between the Los Angeles Rams and Arizona Cardinals. Has Kansas City made the necessary adjustments to avenge their Week 3 loss?
Both offenses are led by fantastic signal-callers in Herbert and Patrick Mahomes. They also feature a deep bag of weapons that can score from anywhere on the field. Defense is where this game will be decided. The Chargers have improved mightily over the past two weeks but have surrendered a lot of points this season. Los Angeles is poor against the run, but luckily, the Chiefs don’t pose much of a threat in that regard. This will be a great Thursday Night Football game with the Chiefs strengthening their odds to be AFC West champions tonight.
Thursday Night Football Schedule: September
- Dallas Cowboys at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – September 9
- Final: Buccaneers 31, Cowboys 29
- New York Giants at Washington Football Team – September 16
- Final: Washington 30, Giants 29
- Carolina Panthers at Houston Texans – September 23
- Final: Panthers 24, Texans 9
- Jacksonville Jaguars at Cincinnati Bengals – September 30
- Final: Bengals 24, Jaguars 21
- Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks – October 7
- Final: Rams 26, Seattle 17
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Philadelphia Eagles – October 14
- Final: Buccaneers 28, Eagles 22
- Denver Broncos at Cleveland Browns – October 21
- Final: Browns 17, Broncos 14
- Green Bay Packers at Arizona Cardinals – October 28
- Final: Packers 24, Cardinals 21
- New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts – November 4
- Final: Colts 45, Jets 30
- Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins – November 11
- Final: Dolphins 22, Ravens 10
- New England Patriots at Atlanta Falcons – November 18
- Final: Patriots 25, Falcons 0
- Buffalo Bills at New Orleans Saints – November 25
- Final: Bills 31, Saints 6
- Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints – December 2
- Final: Cowboys 27, Saints 17
- Pittsburgh Steelers at Minnesota Vikings – December 9
- Final: Vikings 36, Steelers 28
- Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Chargers – December 16
- San Francisco 49ers at Tennessee Titans – December 23