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Both the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Chargers have been disappointing in recent weeks. For the Chargers, this means that their season is essentially over. In Kansas City, a once-dominant unit seems to be fading back into the pack.
The Chiefs still look like a playoff team, but their recent loss to the Titans was troubling. With Mahomes back in the line-up, KC looked like they were going to destroy a middling Tennessee team. Instead, Derrick Henry ran all over them for 188 yards and two touchdowns.
Similarly, the Chargers looked poised to get back in the hunt after stunning the Packers two weeks ago. Instead, they lost to the Raiders, and lost more ground in the AFC West.
Though Los Angeles has played better on both sides of the ball recently, it hasn’t been enough. A lack of defensive depth and Philip Rivers’ age have proven costly in close games.
It’s probably too late for the Chargers to work their way back to the playoffs unless they win out. But they could spoil things for this sagging Chiefs team if things go their way. Here’s everything you need to know to live stream Chiefs vs. Chargers, including what to watch for on the field.
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Kansas City Chiefs vs. Los Angeles Chargers
- When: 8:15pm ET, Monday, Nov. 18
- Where: Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California
- Streaming: Monday Night Football airs exclusively on ESPN. You can stream ESPN on a number of streaming platforms.
Chiefs vs. Chargers live stream: How to watch MNF online
- Cost: $44.99 per month
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
- Hulu local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
Hulu with Live TV includes sports programming among its offerings, including ESPN and FS1, and as a subscriber to the service, you’ll get free access to Hulu’s sizable on-demand library. (Check out the full list of Hulu Live TV channels.)
2) Sling TV
- Cost: $25-$40 per month (40% off first month)
- Sling TV devices: Amazon Fire TVs, Android Fire Stick, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, and iOS and Android devices
- Sling TV local channels: NBC, Fox (check your local availability here)
Both Sling Blue ($25 per month) or Sling Orange + Blue ($40 per month) include NFL Network and a number of sports channels—like three ESPN channels and NBCSN—and it’s still a nice perk that Sling subscribers can order a la carte packages. Sling TV also offers a special Latino package for bilingual viewers. Sling TV is currently offering a deal where you can subscribe for 40% off the regular price for the first month of your subscription. That means Sling Blue would cost $15, and Sling Orange + Blue would cost $25. (Here’s a complete guide to Sling TV channels and our Sling TV review.)
For $10 extra per month, you can get NFL RedZone via the Sling Blue Sports Extra package.
How to use AirTV with Sling
AirTV solves one of Sling’s biggest problems: The inability to receive all of your local channels. By purchasing a basic AirTV for $79.99 or the AirTV Player for $119.99, you can merge those local channels into your Sling TV (or on your mobile device if you have the basic AirTV). As the Daily Dot wrote in its AirTV review, “It’s practically magic.”
The basic AirTV is a dual-tuner streaming device, while the AirTV Player is basically an upgraded Chromecast that has Netflix preinstalled. You’ll still need to own an HD antenna because even though AirTV gets you access to your local channels, it doesn’t actually physically show them to you.
But AirTV—which has no monthly fee—serves to strengthen one of Sling’s biggest weaknesses compared to other live streaming services like Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV, and PlayStation Vue. All those services have plenty of local channels. While select NFL and college football games (on Fox, FS1, and FS2) are no longer on Sling, you can still catch Fox games with AirTV.
3) YouTube TV
- Cost: $50 per month
- YouTube TV devices: Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices
- YouTube TV local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
Kanas City Chiefs vs. Los Angeles Chargers stream: What to watch for
For so much of the season, the AFC West seemed like it was the Chiefs at the top and everyone else fighting for scraps. Now, the picture isn’t so clear.
As the season has gone on, the Raiders have played better while the Chiefs have had some head-scratching losses. Though you don’t expect the Chiefs to lose another one here, you didn’t expect them to lose to the Titans either.
It’s troubling that Patrick Mahomes can throw for 446 yards and three touchdowns and KC can still lose. Though this defense has improved to eleventh in DVOA, running backs have a way of beating them down. They also have a tendency to give up a lot of points despite their decent ranking.
You may not notice it in the box score, but the Chiefs’ O-line is shaky. That means that while the offense piles up yards, they are often in precarious situations. Mahomes doesn’t really turn the ball over, but a line starting two backups has led to an uptick in incompletions.
Finally, this special teams unit has been mistake-prone, putting the offense in tough situations. The other units need to perform better if these dynamic Kansas City weapons are going to be effective.
Despite all of these issues, the Chiefs are still better than the Chargers. There have been things to like, such as the amazing defensive play of Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram and the improved running of Melvin Gordon. But Philip Rivers looks old and is turning the ball over too much behind a bad offensive line. Offensive tackle Trent Scott is so bad, fans curse his name on a weekly basis. And if you turn the ball over, you lose.
Kansas City has too many weapons to come into this game as anything but the heavy favorite. Andy Reid will look to clean up the mistake-prone aspects of this team so that Patrick Mahomes can lead the team to victory. Expect the Chiefs to get it together and reclaim dominance in the AFC West.
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- How to watch NFL Network online (without cable)
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Brenden Gallagher is a politics reporter and cultural commentator. His work has been published by Motherboard, Complex, and VH1. He’s the co-founder of Beer Money Films, an indie production company. Based in Los Angeles, he works in television drama as a writers assistant.