The Los Angeles Chargers have a prime opportunity to essentially steal the No. 1 seed in the AFC from the Kansas City Chiefs in these final two weeks. But they’re going to need to be full strength in order to do so.
*Cue Melvin Gordon’s WWE entrance music*
Head coach Anthony Lynn told reporters on Thursday that the star running back will play on Saturday against the Baltimore Ravens.
“Melvin’s practiced all week and he’s doing fine,” Lynn said per SiriusXM NFL Radio (via The Athletic’s Ross Tucker). “I don’t know that he’s himself, but he’s going to play.”
Across 10 games, Gordon has 13 touchdowns on 5.2 yards per carry. With two games left in the season, it’s all about the No. 1 seed. Going forward the Chargers will need to win out, but that’s not all. They also need the Chiefs to lose one of their final two games to claim the No. 1 seed. Not to mention, earn home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Currently in his fourth season, Gordon is having a career year. But so far this season, injuries have kept him out of four games. And yet, the Chargers continue to roll. Since losing to the Denver Broncos back in Week 11, they’ve won four in a row. Additionally, wideout Keenan Allen and backup halfback Austin Ekeler should be back on Sunday as well.
In other words, the Chargers are getting healthy at just the right time. Now Philip Rivers has plenty weapons to choose from as they try to make one final push.