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Pressure Points: Chiefs vs Chargers

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Kansas City returned to early-season form against the Oakland Raiders last week, notching a 26-15 victory. The offense clicked as coordinator Matt Nagy called all the plays. The defense actually got to quarterback Derek Carr–and got to the ball in the air. Special teams were good enough, as usual. As the Chiefs head into another divisional game against the Chargers, let’s see what pressure points head coach Andy Reid might seek to exploit on Los Angeles’ side.

Rushing Offense

The Chargers are 24th in the league for total rushing yards and 22nd for yards per attempt. This speaks to an inability to run the ball. At 2oth in the league for rushing attempts, it would seem that the Chargers’ coaching staff knows they can’t move the ball on the ground effectively. A Chiefs defense that has struggled against the run this season might catch a break. However, the Chiefs can’t be complacent–the Chargers’ offensive line has given up the fewest sacks in the league this season. Kansas City won’t have an easy time getting to Rivers.

Rushing Defense

L.A. has actually given up the third-fewest passing yards and second-fewest passing touchdowns in the league so far. However, their run defense is as bad as their passing defense is good. At this point in the season, the Chargers are 29th in the league at stopping the run (almost as bad as the Chiefs). They have also given up 9 rushing touchdowns on the season. Rookie running back looked back to form last week against the Raiders. Kansas City might have a field day against Los Angeles on the ground.

Special Teams

The Chiefs’ special teams coverage and return units are both excellently coached by coordinator Dave Toub. Expect Kansas City to win the field position battle all day. Quarterback Alex Smith won’t have a long distance to drive very often, but Chargers signal-caller Philip Rivers will.

 

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