The Chiefs don’t need anyone to tell them this is a big one. All eyes are going to be on Kansas City as they take on San Diego on Monday Night Football in Arrowhead Stadium.
The Chiefs will try to make it four in a row and continue their great turnaround. The Chargers are right now atop the AFC West, but are coming off a tough loss. Both teams understand the importance of this game and both will be coming out ready to go.
The Chiefs’ defense stepped up big last week and they’re going to need to do the same in this game. The Chargers have a great offense even though they have not lived up to their potential this season. San Diego’s receivers are healthy and Philip Rivers is happy about that. He’s going to try to exploit the Chiefs’ secondary which currently ranks seventeenth in pass defense.
Matt Cassel was efficient last week, but he didn’t carry the offense. He now has an extra weapon in rookie Jon Baldwin, who had one catch in his debut, and it would not be surprising if Baldwin received a good amount of targets. The Chargers’ pass defense is stingy, though, and Cassel is going to have his hands full. The Chiefs are going to need to have a good balance between the run and pass in order for the offense to be successful.
Right now the Chiefs are riding some momentum, but it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement and spotlight that comes with playing on Monday night. If they want Coach Todd Haley to continue to grow his beard (he said he wouldn’t shave until they lost) they need to control their emotions and stay focused against an experienced Chargers team.
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Written by Matt Brody