At 3-6, the Chargers need a win, and the Chiefs could distance themselves from the last place team in the division, while also bolstering their chances of making a run at the division crown.
Phillip Rivers is one of the more talented QB’s in the NFL, but has underachieved as a starter throughout his career. While it certainly doesn’t fall solely on him, Rivers had shown a propensity to blame everyone on his offense except himself when things go wrong, and his consistent and untimely errors in throwing the ball have been a detriment to the Chargers.
In facing Kansas City, a defense which picked off Peyton Manning 4 times on Sunday (should have been 6 or 7), Rivers will need to avoid those mistakes and interceptions, particularly early on, not allowing KC to get into a rhythm.
Offensively, the Chiefs have been much better than anticipated following the season-ending injury to Jamaal Charles.
In fact, when Charles went down with a torn ACL, everyone presumed Kansas City was done.
However, Alex Smith, Charcandrick West, and Jeremy Maclin have been the spark the Chiefs needed to get the season back on track.
West isn’t the dynamic runner or athlete Charles is, but his aggressive running style, shiftiness, and physicality have made him a legitimate threat coming out of the backfield.
Smith, who isn’t always the most impressive QB in the league, has done a much better job of getting receivers involved in the offense and completing passes downfield as opposed to relying on check downs.
Still, it has been the defense of Justin Houston, Tamba Hali, Marcus Peters, and Derrick Johnson which has led the way for Andy Reid’s team. Not only that, but Eric Berry is having a tremendous season, as is Shawn Smith at the other corner position.
The Chargers may be without Malcolm Floyd this weekend, taking away an offensive weapon for Rivers, and with a weak offensive line, the Chiefs pass rushers are counting down the days to kickoff knowing they can get to and disrupt Rivers and the Chargers offense.
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