Chiefs 24 Chargers 21
The Mahomes era starts with a win. Think the Chiefs do just enough to win on the road in the division, as preseason injuries are just a little too much for the Chargers to overcome. I expect Hunt to see plenty of the ball against a porous Chargers run defense and the Chiefs defense to generate just enough pressure to force Rivers into a couple of costly mistakes.
Chiefs 31 Chargers 27
A topsy-turvy affair which will go down to the wire. With the game on the line and only a couple of minutes remaining, the NFL’s newest superstar will lead this team on an 80 yard touchdown drive. The Mahomes era will begin with a bang.
Chiefs 37 Chargers 10
With the Chargers doing what they do best in preseason (getting injured), the Chiefs offense will be too strong. Joey Bosa is out of this game with a foot injury which will greatly weaken the Chargers pass rush, which in turn gives Mahomes an open shooting range. Casey Hayward and the Chargers secondary couldn’t handle Hill last time out so with the addition of another speedster in Sammy Watkins in receiving corp, combined with a weakened Chargers pass rush, I can only see a victory for the Chiefs… And a convincing one at that.
Chiefs 31 Chargers 18
Sunday’s opener sees the two favourites for the AFC West division meet, in a game expected to be packed with points and with incident. Young star running backs Melvin Gordon and Kareem Hunt look very evenly matched, and both are set to play a key role. My key match up though, is veteran coach Andy Reid against the Chargers’ Anthony Lynn. Reid is a master at using a break to fully prepare his team – his record after bye weeks is well known, but there is no longer break than the off season – and his record as KC head coach is 4-1 in week 1 games. I expect a couple of wild new plays or formations to bamboozle Lynn and to stretch our winning streak over the bolts to 9.