Chargers are the top road team among the AFC contenders

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They call it home-field advantage for a reason. But an AFC team with a clear home-field disadvantage has become, coincidentally or not, the conference’s premier road team.

The 9-3 Chargers have won five of six road games this year, victorious in all venues except the L.A. Coliseum. Which makes the Chargers 4-3 in the L.A. Metropolitan Area — and 5-0 elsewhere.

Wins have come in places like Pittsburgh in prime time and Seattle, tough locales for any road team. And that bodes well for the Chargers, who seem to be locked in as the No. 5 seed, when the playoffs roll around and they could be returning to Pittsburgh, and then hitting the road for places like New England, Kansas City, or Houston.

The toughest road test yet comes on Thursday, when the Chargers try to break a nine-game losing streak to the Chiefs by beating them in their own building. If the Chargers can pull it off, they’ll need to be taken even more seriously as a team that can go on the road in the playoffs and win, possibly/probably because they never actually play a true home game.

Among the other top AFC contenders, the Steelers are 4-1-1 on the road, the Chiefs have a 5-2 road record, the Texans are 4-2 away from home, and the Patriots are 3-3. New England has a 6-0 record at home, the Chiefs are 5-0, the Texans are 5-1, and the Steelers are 3-3.

11 responses to “Chargers are the top road team among the AFC contenders

  1. The Seahawks game was a respectable win. Clearly, Pittsburgh is not the Steel Curtain of old. The rest of their road wins have come against the Bills, Browns & Raiders.

    Unless they go back to Pittsburgh, there is no reason to believe this team is headed towards anything other than a first-round playoff loss.

  2. Taking nothing away from the charger. They are a good team. The Steelers had them beat then decided to quit playing in the 4th quarter. Maybe there’s a rematch in the future.

  3. The way the seeds are shaping up, they’ll most likely be back in Pittsburgh for the wildcard round. I don’t see The Steelers falling apart like that again. The chargers may end up a win away from the 1 seed, but they’re not going deep into the playoffs.

  4. 9 in a row, 8 of which were to an Alex Smith led team. Yeah, I don’t see the Super Chokers coming into Arrowhead against the best QB in football and going home with anything less than a beating. That’ll make it 10 in a row. Will that be enough for all the goofy prognosticators to FINALLY get off the loser bandwagon? I seriously doubt it. Phyllis will never beat the Chiefs again, as he rides off into the sunset.

  5. The last time the Chargers beat Kansas City, Chase Daniel and a team composed of rookies and 2nd and 3rd stringers had the lead in the game for over 54 minutes of it.

    The Chargers won that game, nearly 10 minutes into overtime, in their crib.

    I’ll worry about the Bolts when they destroy the Chiefs and make me wonder if KC can ever beat them again.

  6. WOW, we have a bunch of Negative Nilly’s here. Before this current streak, the Chargers had won 11 out of 13 games in this series. The Chiefs lead this series, 61-55-1 since 1960. Without Hunt the Chiefs don’t have a run game they had in the first game. Our secondary has jelled, our safeties can help on Kelce, and keep Hill manageable. The big plus is BOSA is BACK. Since October has started our defense has ONLY given up 16.67 points per game, the Chiefs have posted a 26.2 points allowed average. DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS!!!! The Chargers have offensive balance, and many weapons to exploit the SWISS-CHEESE defense of the Chiefs. Over the last two games the Chiefs have given up an average of 184.5 rushing yards allowed. Gordon has Fresh legs coming back from Injury. Then there is the Chiefs DREADFUL Playoff record, they have WON one playoff game out of the last 11 over the last 25 years!!! Chargers in 2018 are a MORE COMPLETE TEAM, end of story!!!

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