TNF Preview, Week 15

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There are only a couple weeks of Thursday night games left, but we’re still getting some exceptional matchups. This week is no exception, as the first place Kansas City Chiefs head to Los Angeles to battle their chief divisional rivals—the Los Angeles Chargers. This is a battle that could well shape the course of the AFC West and the AFC playoff picture in general.

The Chiefs had a rocky start to the season, sitting at 3-4 at one point in time and in last place in the division. Now, the Chiefs are 9-4, having won six straight. The team sits atop the AFC West, tied for the best record in the AFC. The Chiefs have done it with a resurgent defense complimenting a solid if unspectacular offense. That’s not typically what you expect from Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes in an offense that features Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce. Yet, it’s worked for the Chiefs, who hope to make their fourth straight AFC Championship Game and third straight Super Bowl.

The Chiefs’ path isn’t without obstacles, including in their own division. One of those four early losses was a home loss to the Chargers, who rode a solid game from Justin Herbert to a 30-24 victory. The Chargers have been up-and-down but come into tonight’s game at 8-5, second in the division and first among AFC Wild Card contenders. With a win, the Chargers would move into a tie with Kansas City atop the division but would also own the tiebreaker thanks to a season sweep. A Chargers’ win would greatly alter the AFC playoff landscape with just three weeks left in the regular season.

Can they get it? That’s the question on the minds of many as these AFC West foes clash tonight in Los Angeles.

From a fantasy perspective, this is also a rich offering as the fantasy playoffs begin. For the Chiefs, Mahomes is still a solid play at quarterback, and I’m still playing Hill and Kelce despite the sometimes-inconsistent performances. I like Clyde Edwards-Helaire as an RB2. For the Chargers, I’m playing Herbert as a top QB option. Keenan Allen is back and is a WR1 for me while Mike Williams is a WR2. The biggest question is Austin Ekeler, who is dealing with an ankle injury. If he plays, he’s in my lineup. If not, I’m not playing a Chargers’ back.

Week 15 Picks

I had one of my best weeks of late in Week 14, going 11-4 to build upon my lead. There’s four weeks left, can I hold it? Let’s find out.

Matt’s Picks:
Chiefs Over Chargers
Browns Over Raiders
Colts Over Patriots
Bills Over Panthers
Dolphins Over Jets
Washington Over Eagles
Cardinals Over Lions
Cowboys Over Giants
Steelers Over Titans
Jaguars Over Texans
Broncos Over Bengals
49ers Over Falcons
Packers Over Ravens
Rams Over Seahawks
Buccaneers Over Saints
Vikings Over Bears

Last Week: 11-3
Season: 129-78

Lindsay’s Picks:
Chargers Over ChiefsLast Week: 9-5
Season: 124-83

Matthew Fox is a graduate of the Radio, Television and Film program at Biola University, and a giant nerd. He spends his free time watching movies, TV, and obsessing about football. He is a member of the FSWA. You can find him @knighthawk7734 on Twitter and as co-host of the Fantasy Football Roundtable Podcast.

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