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Joe Buck on TNF: ‘Maybe it Comes Down to the Kickers’

Joe Buck, left, talks to Troy Aikman before an NFL football game between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J.  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Fox Sports’ Joe Buck joined a 90-minute edition of Chargers Weekly – the official podcast of the team – to preview Thursday night’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Other guests included: NFL Network’s Colleen Wolfe (15:20), Matt Bowen of ESPN’s NFL Matchup Show (28:30), NFL Network’s Patrick Claybon (51:15), Joe Reedy of the Associated Press (66:10) and ESPN’s Eric Williams (77:40). Highlights from the conversation with Buck are below.

On calling Chargers-Chiefs

“We’re kind of held to that same schedule that they’re held to on Monday night. When it comes out – when the schedule comes out – for the Thursday games, we get what we get. There’s no flexing, there’s no none of that and you have to hope you’re going to get a great game, or even a good one. And man we luck out to, I think, the game of the month and it’s our last Thursday night game of the year, so it’s a good way for us to go out.”

On Derwin James:

“I got a text from Troy (Aikman), who was studying film earlier today and all it said was – and he kind of gives me the heads up as he’s watching a lot of the film as I’m getting ready to do what I do in these games. He said, ‘Derwin James is a flat-out stud.’ And he doesn’t say that about really anybody. And so, he’s watching film and looking at things that this kid is doing – kind of a hybrid player, more down near the line of scrimmage now than he was earlier in the year. He thinks he’s fantastic.”

On what could decide Thursday’s game:

“I think with what (Michael) Badgley showed this last Sunday with the kind of range he has, and then maybe on the other side what (Harrison) Butker showed basically blowing a chance to win that game over the Ravens at the end of regulation after the strip sack by (Justin) Houston, and maybe it comes down to the kickers and if that’s the case, well maybe the advantage goes to the Chargers on that. I don’t think this is going to be 54-51. This isn’t going to be Chiefs-Rams. I think this is going to be a tighter game, and if that’s the case, I think the better defense is with the Chargers and we’ll see if it’s enough to slow down this train that is Patrick Mahomes.”

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