Well, it’s Thursday again. So here I am making another attempt at correctly (but probably not) picking the winning team in the weekly NFL Network matchup.
While my Thursday record is putrid — something like 2-6 — overall, I’m not doing too shabby. Looking back at the NFL Expert Picks on ESPN, I’m a game ahead of Mr. Jackson. My 66-52 record could be worse, but it certainly could be better, and I’ll sit here and blame this damn fifth day of the week.
Anyway, here’s to better days and better picks.
Kansas City Chiefs @ San Diego Chargers — Thursday, 8:20pm
The Chiefs can’t win at home. They can’t win at home (they’re 0-4), and they can barely win on the road (1-2). So what makes you think they’re going to be any different in this game?
I heard a ridiculous fact about this Chiefs team the other day, and it’s absolutely worth sharing. Did you know: despite their one win this season, the Chiefs have yet to actually hold a lead in a game at any point this season. Their win came in overtime and was a “walk-off” field goal win. So they ended up winning, but never held a lead.
Matt Cassel is back as the starting quarterback — cue Chiefs fans booing their injured starter — but it’s not like that’s much of an upgrade at the position. With names like Jamaal Charles and Dwayne Bowe, it’s a hard to understand how they could be underperforming to this level, but then again my team of choice is the Dream Team when it comes to underachieving.
Then we have San Diego.
While I wouldn’t be shocked if the Chargers made this a closer game than it should be, there’s little to no doubt in my mind that they’ll come away with the W. Their defenses are about on par with one another, except in points allowed which is what puts this matchup over-the-top for me. The Chiefs give up nearly 30 points a game, and the Chargers have the weapons to exploit that defense (if those weapons don’t make boneheaded mistakes and miss easy passes).
Aside from that, the Chargers are coming into this game having lost three straight and will be looking to steamroll KC to get their ship righted. They’ll do it. Chargers win 35-16