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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/Raiders pregame

Posted by FarzinVousoughian | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 15-11-2009

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This afternoon, the Chiefs are facing the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders have won the previous three meetings at Arrowhead Stadium, however, Kansas City has not lost to Oakland at the Black Hole since 2002. That was the final regular season game with a majority of the AFC still in contention to make the playoffs. The Raiders drenched Kansas City’s dream under the rain in a 24-0 shut out. Since then, the Chiefs have not lost at Oakland since 2003.

I feel Kansas City can keep that up. Despite getting humiliated by Oakland in week two, Todd Haley has a more focused team without Larry Johnson. The team also has added more power to their receiving core with Chris Chambers in the mix. The Chiefs will also feature running backs Jamaal Charles and Kolby Smith in this game. Despite fumbling the ball, Charles has been effective running the ball due to the speed he brings to the game. Smith has a good history against the Raiders. His first NFL debut consisted him of running 150 yards off of 30 carries against the Raiders.

The Raiders are dealing with many issues on and off the field, mainly surrounding head coach, Tom Cable. Jamarcus Russell has been negatively consistent throughout the season. He’s only thrown two touchdowns and nine interceptions. Russell completed only seven passes against the Chiefs in week two, however, more than 50% of his completions came in the game winning drive for the Raiders.

Cable seems to be very obsessed with Russell as Russell has thrown the ball 182 times and has been sacked 23 times with an even 1,000 yards passing. Giving him an atrocious 48.3 QB rating.

There is only one key in this game for the Chiefs. Simply apply the pass rush on Russell. If outside linebackers Tamba Hali and Mike Vrabel can get to him, Russell will eventually be forced to make passes that Cable does not want to see. It will either force a turnover or three-and-outs. Allowing the Chiefs to win the time of possession battle. The only question remains, how will Todd Haley mange his football team when they have the football? The Chiefs worked with their new offense last week. Can we see an improvement this week? That will be up to Haley’s play calling. I’ll give Kansas City the small victory, hoping Haley, Cassel and everyone else has learned from their errors in week two.

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