By Johnny Ferrara
The Kansas City Chiefs open the 2018-2019 campaign after ending the 2017-2018 season with a 10-6 record and a disappointing playoff defeat versus the Tennessee Titans. The Chiefs open this season against the Chargers. Fox Sports Analyst, Shannon Sharpe, predicts the San Diego Chargers will prevail all the way to the Super Bowl LIII verse the New Orleans Saints.
The Chargers are very deep on the defensive side of the ball. Many analysts predict the combination of defensive ends Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram will be the premiere pass rushers in the league with their quickness and use of hands, which will cause problems for the Chiefs young quarterback, Patrick Mahomes. Luckily for the Chiefs, Joey Bosa has been day to day with soreness in his right foot. If this injury keeps Bosa out of the game it would take pressure off Mahomes from the right side, as Bosa averages 11.5 sacks. This will shift the offensive lines focus to containing Melvin Ingram, who averages 5.8 sacks. Mahomes must get the ball out of his hands quickly for the Chiefs to be successful. If Mahomes takes care of the ball and gets it to any of their offensive weapons like Tyreek Hill or newly acquired wide receiver Sammy Watkins, they will have a great shot at winning this game.
Unlike the Chiefs offense, the defense has almost no star power except for a aging Justin Houston. With newly acquired corners and rookie linebackers like Breeland Speaks and Dorian O’Daniel there are bound to be mistakes in coverage and blitz packages. These blemishes could be fatal against a great offense with weapons like Keenan Allen, Melvin Gordon, and Phillip Rivers. The defense is going to give up big pass plays with confusion in the secondary and be the reason he Chiefs lose this game.
My prediction is a 27 to 24 loss for the Chiefs. Our offense will keep us in the game but will fall short because of lack of experience coming from the quarterback position and confusion on the defensive side.