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Chiefs/Chargers pregame

The Chiefs and Chargers meet again, this time at Qualcomm Stadium. In the last meeting, Kansas City’s run defense limited LaDainian Tomlinson to 71 yards off of 23 carries. However, San Diego backed away from the running game and attacked with their receivers. Philip Rivers threw three touchdown passes. Vincent Jackson, Darren Sproles and Malcom Floyd got into the endzone. Sproles and Jackson were both big contributers as each one of them caught a pass over 50 yards. The only touchdown scored by Kansas City was from Matt Cassel to Dwayne Bowe. Bowe will be not be in action as he serves his second suspension out of the four he must sit out from. Chris Chambers had no participation in the first meeting, being cut by San Diego for lack of production, which has been the complete opposite for Kansas City. The Chiefs have also moved forward without Larry Johnson. Jamaal Charles and Chris Chambers have been key contributors since becoming starters in Kansas City. After losing to the Chargers 37-7, many things must go perfect for the Chiefs in order to pull out another upset. The Chargers, who have won five straight, defeated Denver last week to become leaders in the division. If Kansas City Chiefs fans want to see their team pull out a miracle and make a playoff appearance, then this is a must win game for the Chiefs. Keys to the game: 1. Play defense: The Chiefs defense allowed over 400 yards and 37 points in the previous meeting and need to limit the Chargers in round two. 2. Feed the ball to Charles: Out of all rushes, receptions and kick returns in the past three games (since the bye week and without Larry Johnson on the active roster,) Charles has 59 touches for 492 total yards from scrimmage (41 rushes-197 yards, 9 receptions-41 yards, 9 kick returns-257 yards.) He’s averaging eight yards per touch in the past three games. Larry Johnson has 461 total yards from scrimmage on the season. This should clearly state how valuable of an asset Charles is. I’m picking the Chiefs to stop the red-hot San Diego Chargers 17-10. This will be tough, but without Johnson and his distractions, the Chiefs won’t be set back. If they lose, that clearly puts their hopes of reaching the playoffs in a miracle manner in jeopardy. I have no problem with seeing this team lose, as long as they don’t set beat themselves by setting themselves back. Chargers Inactives: CB Dante Hughes, RB Michael Bennett, S C.J. Spillman, C Nick Hardwick, OT Jon Runyan, WR Buster Davis and DE Luis Castillo. The inactive third quarterback is Charlie Whitehurst. Chiefs Inactives: OLB Mike Vrabel, G Andy Alleman, RB Dantrell Savage, LB Justin Rogers, TE Sean Ryan, TE Jake O’Connell and LB David Herron. The inactive third quarterback is Matt Gutierrez.

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Chiefs/Eagles pregame

Posted by FarzinVousoughian | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 27-09-2009

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Early in the week, it was reported that Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson won’t play Sunday. The ESPN scrolling news ticker on the bottom says that he is questionable. To be honest with all of you, I have no idea what the deal is. I’ll assume he is out because that was the word from the Kansas City Chiefs PR. WR Dwayne Bowe is questionable and we’ll all find out momentarily if he can play or not. The Chiefs do have WR Bobby Wade, but if Bowe is gone, Wade will have to do a lot for the team due to Bowe’s absence. Bowe so far has been the best player on the team, despite he hasn’t gained many yards receiving. He’s caught a game-leading touchdown against Oakland and Baltimore.

This past week on CZ, my keys to the game were simply to play good football on all three phases of the game. But there have to be three key ones to pick and I’ve got those three.

Pass rush: Why did the Patriots lose to the Giants in the Super Bowl? Because Tom Brady got sacked five times. No, he never through an interception, however, sack-by-sack, Brady’s confidence continued to decline throughout the game, eventually giving the Giants the rings. Kevin Kolb is the (projected) starting QB due to Donavon McNabb’s injury. Despite throwing for over 391 yards, Kolb did threw two touchdowns and three interceptions, going 31/51. A young guy like Kolb may not get sacked a lot, instead, if the pass rush is applied, Kolb will complete passes to Brandon Flowers. I don’t expect the Eagles to pass heavy like they were last week.
Stop the run: This 3-4 defense did a fine job last week against two good running backs. Brian Westbrook may not be available. Whether he is or not, I imagine Andy Reid will try to keep the ball on the ground rather than forcing interceptions. The Chiefs need to be ready and play good defense all around.
Run LJ, RUN!: Larry Johnson and the rest of the running backs were used a lot last week. LJ had over 100 total yards from scrimmage while Dantrell Savage caught six passes, tied first on the team last week. Jackie Battle was also used on a couple occasions. Offensive coordinator (and head coach..) Todd Haley needs to fire LJ up and have him run over that Philadelphia defense.

I really do feel like this Chiefs team can pick up the win due to injuries sustained on McNabb, Westbrook and DeSean Jackson. Winning against an injured team isn’t much to brag over, but no matter how good or bad you are, you must take advantage of that. That’s the way it works in the NFL. If your opponents have key players on the sideline for the entire game, your being given a chance to draw first blood, and hopefully not allow the other team to unleash with their backups. I’ll pick Kansas City to win 20-17.

EDIT: These in-actives are official. Dwayne Bowe, Donavon McNabb, Brian Westbrook, Kevin Curtis.

DeSean Jackson will play. But here is the question I still propose: Can Kolb get the ball to him successfully? We’ll find out.

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