Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City, 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon. The final Thursday night game of the 2018 campaign features a pair of AFC West rivals, looking to make the post-season party. The Los Angeles Chargers and Philip Rivers travel to Arrowhead to face off against the Kansas City Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes in an AFC West showdown in the Show-Me State. Both teams enter the Thursday night contest with close home wins under their belts.

Los Angeles survived a scare from the Cincinnati Bengals last Sunday at Stub Hub Centre, coming away 26-21 winners on the West Coast. The Chargers led 17-12 at the intermission, then held off a late Cincinnati rally in the second half to take the win. Cincinnnati did outrush Los Angeles 144-85, with Bengals running back Joe Mixon leading all rushers with 111 yards and a TD but Rivers threw for 220 yards with no interceptions, as he outpaced Bengals backup QB Jeff Driskel (who took over for Andy Dalton), who threw for 170 yards and no interceptions (both men threw a TD pass, Driskel was sacked three times, Rivers was sacked twice). Both teams were 5 of 13 on third down conversions in the late afternoon contest on the West Coast and the Chargers were 1 of 1 on fourth down, keeping the ball for 27:22, while Cincinnati ruled the clock, holding on to the ball for 32:38 but went 0 for 1 on fourth down tries.

The Chiefs clinched a playoff spot in the AFC last Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens but needed overtime to come out on top 23-20 at Arrowhead. Kansas City led 17-10 at the break before the Ravens would storm back in the second half and took a 24-17 lead with 4:04 left to play when Lamar Jackson (who took over for Joe Flacco) and WR Darnell Brown connected on a 9-yard TD toss. Kansas City would bring things back to even when Mahomes and RB Darrien Williams connected on a 5-yard TD toss with 58 seconds left. The Chiefs then prevented Baltimore from driving in the final seconds of regulation and the two clubs went into overtime. Kansas City won the toss, got the ball first and made the most of their first possession as K Harrison Butker, who missed earlier from 43 yards, connected on a 35-yarder with 4:42 left in the extra period. Baltimore then got the ball back and threatened to either re-tie the contest or take the win, as they would get as close as Kansas City’s 47-yard line before the two-minute warning came. After the two-minute warning, Jackson scrambled to the Chiefs’ 44-yard line but the Ravens were penalized for holding and were pusshed back. Jackson scrambled again for four yards but the Ravens were again flagged for holding again and Jackson was injured on the play. The Ravens then used a timeout and Robert Griffin III came into to replace Jackson and his first attempt to WR John Brown was incomplete. After the Chiefs burned a timeout and the Ravens had one last chance but the Chiefs would seal the win when Griffin’s pass to Willie Snead IV sailed incomplete.

Baltimore did outrush Kansas City 198-94 but Mahomes threw for 377 yards and a pair of TDs (including one to TE Travis Kelce) with an interception, while Jackson threw for 147 yards and a pair of TDs of his own, with three sacks and no interceptions (Mahomes sacked three times and picked off once). The Chiefs were 6 of 16 on third down but was successful on fourth down tries at Arrownhead, going 3 for 3 and kept the ball for 37 minutes, while the Ravens kept the ball for 31:27 and were 5 for 12 on third down, 1 for 3 on fourth down.

They met in week one at the Stub Hub Centre in Carson and the Chargers trailed Kansas City 17-12 at StubHub Center at the intermission and the Chiefs would go on to take a 38-28 AFC West win in the season opener for both teams. The Chargers did manage to outrush Kansas City 123-106 and Philip Rivers threw for 424 yards and three TDs, while the Chiefs’ Pat Mahomes threw for 256 yards with four TDs and no interceptions (Mahomes was sacked once, while Rivers was sacked once and picked off once). The Chargers were 3 of 11 on third down but found success on fourth down, going 1 of 1 and kept the ball for 34:26, while the Chiefs kept the ball for a mere 25:34, going 4 of 10 on fourth down.

The Chargers were 3 1/2 point favorites at Stub Hub Centre and the the Chiefs covered with the 10-point win in the first meeting. As for the 48 1/2 over/under? Both teams took care of that, tallying 56 points. With the AFC West on the line, the boys and girls in Vegas like the Chiefs as 3 1/2 point favorites at Arrowhead with a 53 over/under. The Chiefs are trying to win the West, the Chargers are trying to make the playoffs in the last Thursday night contest of the 2018 season. This one is worth taping “Big Bang” and “Young Sheldon” this week. Everything’s up to date in Kansas City. Chiefs win at home but expect the Chargers to make this one closer than 3 1/2 at Arrowhead.

Broadcast Information – 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon Prime: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field reporter), Kristina Pink (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Tony Boselli; SIRIUS: 81 (Los Angeles Chargers), 83 (Kansas City); XM: 226 (Los Angeles Chargers), 225 (Kansas City)

Referee: Walt Anderson

Injury Report

Los Angeles Chargers
DOUBTFUL: DT Brandon Mebane (Not Injury Related)
OUT: TE Sean Culkin (Back), RB Austin Ekeler (Neck), CB Trevor Williams (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Melvin Gordon (Knee)

Kansas City
DOUBTFUL: G Cameron Erving (Knee), RB Spencer Ware (Shoulder)
OUT: WR Sammy Watkins (Foot)
QUESTIONABLE: S James Berry (Heel), WR Tryeek Hill (Heel)

Weather: Overcast with a 30 percent chance of rain and 38 degrees :

Broadcast Information and Injury Report courtesy the National Football League, odds courtesy Don Best, weather information courtesy The Weather Channel. (Note: Weather information is based on kickoff local time)