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5:15 PM PT6:15 PM MT7:15 PM CT8:15 PM ET1:15 GMT9:15 6:15 PM MST8:15 PM EST7:15 PM CT5:15 UAE (+1)20:15 ET23:15 , November 18, 2019
Estadio Azteca, Mexico City,   Weather: 67°, Cloudy  Attendance: 76,252

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Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Chargers

  1. The Chargers snapped a nine-game losing streak to the Chiefs with a 29-28 road victory in Week 15 last season. The Chargers have averaged just 16.7 points against the Chiefs since 2014, their lowest scoring average against any AFC opponent.
  2. The Chiefs have dropped four of six after starting the season 4-0, including a 35-32 loss in the final seconds against the Titans last week. They put up 433 passing yards against Tennessee, tied for their third-most in a loss all-time (474 in 2000 at Raiders; 448 in 2018 at Rams).
  3. Los Angeles lost to Oakland on Thursday last week, 26-24, despite having more total yards (315-278), first downs (26-18) and time of possession (34:10-25:50).
  4. Tyreek Hill caught 11 passes for 157 yards and a touchdown against the Titans after putting up 140 yards and a touchdown in Week 9 against the Vikings. He is the first player in franchise history with at least 140 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown in back-to-back games.
  5. Philip Rivers threw three interceptions against the Raiders, his first game with three picks since 2017, when he threw three interceptions in both games against the Chiefs. Rivers has 33 career interceptions against the Chiefs, second most by any active QB against a single opponent (Eli Manning vs. Phi, 34).
  6. This will be the fourth regular-season game played in Mexico City after last year's scheduled game between the Chiefs and Rams was cancelled due to poor field conditions. Kansas City is 1-0 in regular-season games played outside the United States (45-10 vs. Detroit in London in 2015) and the Chargers are 1-1.
Team Comparison

Kansas City
 
Los Angeles
28.4 Points 20.7
328.5 Pass Yds 282.3
90.8 Rush Yds 86.1
12 Takeaways 10
(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Everyone hopes the playing surface at Mexico City’s Azteca Stadium will not be the main story of Monday night’s game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Chargers.

Both coaches said they have received favorable updates about the turf going into the game. Last year’s game between the Chiefs and Rams was relocated to Los Angeles less than a week before the game when the field was deemed unplayable because of rain and the stadium having hosted concerts less than a month before the game.

"Everything that I've been told has been positive," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said.

The teams have taken different approaches to preparing. The Chargers have spent the week at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs to get acclimated to the altitude. The Chiefs have kept their same routine with the only adjustment being to hydrate more, according to quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

It is an important AFC West matchup. Kansas City (6-4) won its first four games but has dropped four of its past six, allowing Oakland to get within a half-game of the division lead. Los Angeles (4-6) has struggled for most of the season but remains only two games out.

This is the first of two straight division games for the Chiefs. After their bye week, they will host the Raiders on Dec. 1.

“To say you are in control of your own destiny at 4-6 is pretty rare,” Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers said.

Here are other things to watch as the Chargers play an international home game for the second straight season:

CHOPPY RIVERS

Rivers leads the league in passing yards (2,816) but is also third in interceptions (10). He had three last week against Oakland, including a pick-6 that loomed large in what turned out to be a 26-24 loss to the Raiders.

The Chargers were among the league’s better teams in not committing turnovers the past two seasons, but their 16 giveaways this season are tied for seventh in the league. Five have occurred in goal-to-go situations.

“We’ve made some critical mistakes and not being able to overcome them,” Rivers said.

HEALTHIER MAHOMES

Mahomes returned to the lineup last week after missing two games because of a knee injury. He threw for 446 yards and three touchdowns in last week’s loss to Tennessee but said on Thursday that this is the best he has felt since early September.

“I would say going into the Jacksonville game,” he said. “Just not having to worry about the ankle or not have to worry about the knee and just being able to go out there and play football the way that I have been able to play it my whole career so far.”

GETTING PRESSURE

Los Angeles defensive ends Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa have been a handful for opposing offensive lines lately. They have combined for nine sacks over the past four games.

Bosa is third in the AFC with 8½ sacks on the season while Ingram has added 4½. Ingram had 1½ sacks against Mahomes in Week 15 last season.

ON THE MEND

Kansas City is beginning to get some of the pieces back on its offensive and defensive lines. Offensive tackles Eric Fisher (groin), Cam Erving (ankle) and guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (ankle) have been full participants this week while Mitchell Schartz (knee) is limited. Defensive end Frank Clark (neck) has also been a full participant.

The Chiefs, though, are likely to be without defensive ends Emmanuel Ogbah (pectoral) and Alex Okafor (ankle).

KEEP AN EYE ON

Chargers running back Melvin Gordon. He rushed for a season-high 108 yards last week and seems to be regaining his stride after missing the first four games because of a contract dispute. He had 166 scrimmage yards (102 receiving, 64 rushing) the previous time he faced Chiefs, who are ranked 31st in the league in run defense.

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Updated November 14, 2019

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