5 boxes the Chiefs must check to take care of the Chargers

Heading into the Sunday afternoon clash against the Los Angeles Chargers, what must the KC Chiefs do in order to improve to 6-1?
Sep 15, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) meets
Sep 15, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) meets / Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
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4. Win up front against everyone not named Rashawn

The Chargers' pass protection this season has been about league average but the primary reason that the unit isn't terrible is due to star left tackle, Rashawn Slater. Outside of Slater, the Los Angeles offensive line is rather lousy. Center Corey Linsley is past his prime, guards Zion Johnson and Jamaree Salyer haven't played very well this season, and right tackle Trey Pipkins has already surrendered three sacks in five games.

Like most quarterbacks, Justin Herbert plays worse under pressure. He's been more reckless with the football, including multiple fumbles and a passer rating that drops from 111.6 to 78.4 when pressured.

Although pressure is important, blitzing heavy might not be the best solution as Herbert ranks third in the NFL in passer rating when blitzed at 115.5, according to Pro Football Focus ($). That isn't to say that Steve Spagnuolo shouldn't blitz at all, just be careful since Herbert is one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL at evading pressure.

To best attack, the Chiefs' front four is going to have to win in this game. Chris Jones has been a beast, but Mike Danna and George Karlaftis need to also have a strong game. There is good news as newly-acquired defensive lineman Charles Omenihu is returning from suspension this week. Although his workload will likely not be a full one, he will still be an immense help.

The main key to this game will be how much the Chiefs' pass rush can beat up the non-Rashawn Slater linemen. We know star left tackle Rashawn Slater will probably have a nice game, but the defensive line needs to beat up the other four offensive linemen. It is not a particularly strong group next to Slater, so failing to generate pressure against that group will not be encouraging for a great defense.