After a wildly exciting opening week of the 2022 NFL schedule, Week 2 begins in earnest on Thursday Night Football. The Kansas city chiefs will welcome the Los Angeles Chargers to Arrowhead Stadium for an AFC West tilt. Both teams are led by star quarterbacks, with Patrick Mahomes starring for the Chiefs and Justin Herbert emerging as the face of the Chargers.
The Chargers will be without Keenan Allen (hamstring), and there is no doubt that Justin Herbert will miss his go-to wide receiver.
However, Herbert is arguably a top-five quarterback right now and has enough weapons in Austin Ekeler, Mike Williams and Gerald Everett to overcome Allen’s absence. It’s worth pointing out that in Week 14 last season, when Allen was out, the Chargers covered the 9-point spread with ease against the Giants, winning 37-21.
The other key injury in this game is CB J.C. Jackson, who may be unable to suit up for the second straight week due to an ankle injury. It would devastating news for the Chargers, who desperately need him on a week they are facing Patrick Mahomes. Without Jackson, Los Angeles’ defense was able to hold up just fine in Week 1, holding a potent Raiders offence to just 19 points.