The race for the AFC West takes centre stage tonight as the Los Angeles Chargers (10-3) visit Arrowhead Stadium to take on the Kansas City Chiefs (11-2). It marks the 118th meeting between the two teams (including the postseason) with Kansas City leading the all-time series 61-55-1. On Kickoff Weekend, Chiefs wide receiver-punt returner TYREEK HILL had seven catches for 169 yards with two touchdowns and added a 91-yard punt-return touchdown and quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES threw four touchdown passes in the Chiefs’ 38-28 victory at the Chargers.
Last week, Chargers quarterback PHILIP RIVERS threw a touchdown pass, running back AUSTIN EKELER rushed for a score and kicker MICHAEL BADGLEY converted all four of his field-goal attempts in the team’s 26-21 victory over Cincinnati. Rivers ranks second in the AFC with a 114.5 passer rating this season (minimum 300 attempts), trailing only Mahomes (115.2). Los Angeles rookie safety DERWIN JAMES, who was selected by the Chargers with the 17th overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft, is the only player with at least 85 tackles (88), three sacks (3.5) and three interceptions (three) this season.
In Week 14, Mahomes completed 35 of 53 attempts (66.0 percent) for 377 yards with two touchdowns, including a game-tying five-yard pass to running back DAMIEN WILLIAMS with 53 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, and kicker HARRISON BUTKER converted a go-ahead 35-yard field goal in overtime in the Chiefs’ 27-24 victory over Baltimore. Mahomes leads the NFL with 4,300 pass yards and 43 touchdown passes and joined Pro Football Hall of Famers DAN MARINO (1984) and KURT WARNER (1999) as the only first-or-second year quarterbacks with 4,000+ passing yards and 40+ touchdown passes in a single season. Chiefs defensive lineman CHRIS JONES has recorded at least one sack in nine consecutive games, the longest single-season streak since the individual sack became an official statistic in 1982.
Thursday Night Football play-by-play announcer Joe Buck and analyst Troy Aikman, along with reporters Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink call the action from Arrowhead Stadium. Additionally, FOX’s NFL Rules expert Mike Pereira joins to give explanations on officiating and rules throughout the game.
At 11pm on NFL Network, NFL GameDay Kickoff previews the Chargers-Chiefs matchup with host Colleen Wolfe and analysts Michael Irvin, LaDainian Tomlinson and Joe Thomas live from outside Arrowhead Stadium.
At half past midnight on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon Prime Video, FOX NFL Thursday with Michael Strahan, Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long and Jay Glazer airs live from New York City, providing the final say leading up to Chargers-Chiefs.
At halftime on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon Prime Video, Strahan, Bradshaw and Long break down the first half. Immediately following the game, Bradshaw and Long recap Chargers-Chiefs.
Exclusively on NFL Network, Wolfe, Irvin, Tomlinson and Thomas host the postgame show from the field at Arrowhead Stadium and are joined by a star of the game live on-set.
Additional postgame coverage continues at 5am with Scott Hanson, Lindsay Rhodes, James Jones and Reggie Bush on NFL Total Access.
Through Amazon Prime Video and Twitch, Amazon will provide viewers in over 200 countries and territories a unique Thursday Night Football viewing experience complete with interactive features that bring fans closer to the game.