San Diego Chargers (home)
Date: Sept. 11
Time: 12 P.M. CST
What has changed: The Chargers did some nice things on the defensive side of the ball in free agency to compliment Philip Rivers and the offense. General manager Tom Telesco was aggressive in adding nose tackle Brandon Mebane, who while 31 years old can still play on first and second down. Telesco also signed cornerback Casey Heyward on a three-year deal, taking a player many Kansas City fans were hoping for.
All that said, perhaps the biggest move was allowing safety Eric Weddle to leave for the Baltimore Ravens. Weddle signed a four-year deal, taking his five-time All-Pro talents to Charm City.
Should they scare you?: At home, the Chiefs should have no problem handling the Chargers. Kansas City has swept them each of the past two seasons, mostly because Rivers is under constant pressure. The Chiefs are a bad matchup for San Diego because of the pass rush, along with the ability to guard man-to-man down the field.
For the Chargers to pull off the upset, they are going to need in excess of 23 points against Kansas City’s defense, something that a one-dimensional offense will be hard-pressed to do. Look for the Chiefs to handle head coach Mike McCoy and Co.
Prediction: 30-13, Chiefs
Next: Game #2