Beason: Chargers Are Most Complete Team In AFC

The Chargers can pass, run, and defend. That makes them the most balanced team in the AFC, Jon Beason says

Taz and the Moose
December 14, 2018 - 9:54 am

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The Los Angeles Chargers beat the Chiefs at Arrowhead on Thursday, have won 10 of their last 11 games, and are tied for the best record in the AFC (11-3).

Are they the best team in the AFC?

“I think they’re the most complete,” former NFL linebacker and current NFL analyst Jon Beason said on Taz & The Moose. “Nowadays you watch teams defend, it’s like we’re just pawns based on the rule changes and everything. It really boils down to who scores the most points. But every once in a while, you get a team that has balance. Offensively, they score points. They can run the ball. But at the end of the day, if you’re going to go far and win the whole thing, you got to be able to stop somebody – and they slowed down the Chiefs just enough to get it done.”

The Chiefs opened the game with two quick scores but were held to just 14 points in the final three quarters. Patrick Mahomes, in fact, was held out of the end zone for the final 45+ minutes of action. He finished 23-of-34 for 243 yards and two touchdowns and was sacked twice. He rushed two times for three yards.

“He is such a dynamic player that you just want to keep pressure on him and force him to do more,” Beason said. “All the weapons that he has at his disposal makes his job easy, but he wants to go out there and kind of ad-lib and show people how great he is. For the most part, it’s been outstanding this year.”

The Chiefs (11-3) remain one of the best teams in football, but they’ve lost to their three toughest opponents – Patriots, Rams and Chargers – by a combined seven points.

Is it nitpicking to harp on that?

“No you’re not nitpicking at all,” Beason said. “All of those games came down to the wire, but it’s very hard to beat a team twice. It’s good to win the battle during the year in terms of seeding, but can you win the war during the playoffs?”

The Chiefs still control their fate for the No. 1 seed in the AFC. They play the Seahawks (8-5) in Seattle next Sunday at 8:20 p.m. ET.