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The Kansas City Chiefs have not had the opportunity to bounce back from a loss once this season, but nothing good lasts forever.
Unfortunately, their first chance will come this weekend against the San Deigo Chargers, as Kansas City looks to get back on the winning track after losing to Denver 17-27 last Sunday.
The Chargers come into this game riding a three game losing skid, and they’re 4-6 overall on the season, but divisional rivalry games are always tough—so this game won’t be a cakewalk.
We cover the Chiefs extensively here at Arrowhead Addict, but not everybody is as up to date as you all are. After all, with their own teams to pay attention to, it can be hard for fans of other NFL teams to stay 100 percent up to times with the Chiefs—even during this great season.
That’s why Bolt Beat writer Conor Cahill sent me a few questions on your beloved Chiefs. I took some time to answer on your behalf, Addicts. Let me know what you feel about my answers, and how you would answer differently.
CC: How confident are the Chiefs in Alex Smith to win a game in the 4th?
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AK: I believe the Chiefs have full confidence in Alex Smith. He can make the throws—I’ve seen him do it—but the Chiefs aren’t asking him to win games in the fourth. They ask him to take care of the football and keep up with the opponents on the scoreboard. If we’re being truthful, I’d say the Chiefs hope to win games in the fourth quarter with their defense and special teams.
CC: How will the Chiefs front-7 game plan to stop Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead?
AK: Well, I’m not sure how they’ll exactly game plan this week, but I assume, as always, that pressure is going to be the key. Dontari Poe does a great job of shooting the gap and getting pressure, and the linebackers play well behind that. I’d like to see some run blitzes as well.
CC: Who are some unknown guys on offense and defense that are potential game-changers for the Chiefs?
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AK: Perhaps he’s not unknown in Kansas City—in fact I know he’s not—but Anthony Sherman is very underrated for the offense. As a fullback, he’s directly responsible for many of the holes that Jamaal Charles is able to run through.
On defense, I’d give the nod to defensive end Mike DeVito—who does a great job of taking up space on that defensive line as well as playing against the run.
CC: How will the Chiefs get their pass rush going when Rivers releasees the ball so quickly?
AK: We’ll, they’ll obviously still try to blitz, but defensive coordinator Bob Sutton talked this week about dropping more players back into coverage if a quarterback is going to the quick game. No reason to force the issue if it isn’t there.
CC: What is your prediction for the score?
AK: Chiefs: 20, Chargers: 17