4 THINGS CHIEFS MUST DO TO BEAT S.D.

HISTORY

  • This is the 103rd meeting between these original members of the American Football League. The Chargers came into the league in 1960 as the Los Angeles Chargers and the Chiefs came into the AFL the same year as the Dallas Texans.
  • The Chiefs hold a 51-50-1 advantage over the Chargers in the series.
  • Most recent meeting was on December 12, 2010 in San Diego, where the Chargers won 31-0.
  • Most recent victory for the Chiefs was the 2010 season opener on Monday night when they beat the Chargers 21-14.
  • Last time the Chiefs won at Qualcomm Stadium was September 30, 2007, with a 30-16 victory.

4

DO THEIR JOB

The concept is simple – trust your neighbor. That has been one of the Chiefs biggest problems in this disastrous start to the 2011 season. Too many players are trying to do too much, and not trusting that their teammates will handle their end of the business. That becomes especially troublesome in the Chiefs defense where gap control is so significant to how the front seven works. One guy gets out of his gap and the rest of the defense drops like a line of dominos. Receivers need to make sure they complete their assigned routes and not make last minute decisions that leave QB Matt Cassel hung out to dry.

3

PRESSURE RIVERS

Chargers QB Philip Rivers is not tremendously mobile these days; he’s had too many knee injuries over the years. He’s not near the threat to run away from pressure that the Chiefs saw in Ryan Fitzpatrick and Matt Stafford. Whether they can get him down on the ground or not, the Chiefs defense needs to pressure Rivers. They need to get in his face and they need to knock him down and around. Last year, they got two sacks of him in each of their meetings, so they’ve shown they can go in and get it done. The battle between LT Marcus McNeill and OLB Tamba Hali should be a good one.

2

RUN THE BALL

The offense is about running the football and that’s what they need to continue to establish on Sunday. They actually got the run game going a bit against the Lions, finishing with 151 yards even without Jamaal Charles for most of the game. San Diego has not been strong against the run in two games, giving up an average of 126.5 yards per game. Whatever the mix is between Thomas Jones, Dexter McCluster and Le’Ron McClain, the Chiefs need to find something that works. The Chargers are an aggressive defense, so a little misdirection may be the way to go; it’s the same thing they did against Detroit.

1

DON’T HELP THE CHARGERS

If the Chiefs have any desire to actually win this game, they must make sure that their job isn’t made harder by turnovers, penalties and mental mistakes. It’s the biggest reason they are 89-10 on the 2011 scoreboard. They may have lost to both Buffalo and Detroit while having total ball security, but they were guaranteed to lose when they turned the ball over a total of nine times, plus nine penalties. The Chiefs are not 79 points worse than their opponents. But they’ll get crushed again if they help the Chargers the way they did the Bills and Lions.


One Response to “4 THINGS CHIEFS MUST DO TO BEAT S.D.”

  • September 24, 2011  - ED J says:

    My 5 keys to winning. #5 special teams need make a big play. Either return for touchdown or block punt or field goal. #4 Run the football. Control clock run football hopefully get big run from Mcluster. #3 Defense must force some turnovers. Whether its pick 6 or fumble recovery for touchdown. #2 Get sacks. Houston, Sheffield, and Gilberry all most get pressure on QB. It can’t be a one man band with Tamba. #1 Team can’t turn football over. Turnovers put us in whole and get us in situation where we’re down 2 scores. We don’t have Qb that can overcome 2 score leads we better take care of football




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