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The San Diego Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs face off in Week 17 with a playoff berth on the line.
For the Chargers the formula is simple: Win and they’re in. All San Diego needs to do is beat Kansas City and they will clinch the No. 6 overall seed in the playoffs for the second year in a row. Unfortunately, that’s looking to be easier said than done after it was announced that RB Ryan Mathews would miss the game and WR Keenan Allen would be doubtful for it. The team that overcame a 21-point deficit against the San Francisco 49ers last week will need all of the firepower it can get to beat this Chiefs defense.
The Chiefs have a much more difficult road to the playoffs: They need to win and for the Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans to lose in order to return to the playoffs this year. That will be very difficult this week after it was announced that QB Alex Smith would miss the final game of the season to a lacerated spleen, which will force QB Chase Daniel to play the game in his stead. Daniel, ironically, played in Week 17 last year against the Chargers when the Chiefs rested their starters, but this time need him to play even more efficiently in order to save their season.
Prediction: Kansas City Chiefs – While the Chiefs have shown over and over that they can win with a minimal contribution from their QB, the Chargers have struggled mightily when their offense isn’t at 100 percent. And with Ryan Mathews and Keenan Allen hurt it’s hard to imagine the Chargers making it into that noise asylum of Arrowhead Stadium with enough strength to pull out the win.