The Chargers are on the primetime spotlight in week 8, as they head to Arrowhead to play a Chiefs team that has gotten on track with three straight wins. The Chargers are coming off a huge loss to the Jets a week ago, a game where they had an 11-point fourth quarter lead. Below is our keys for a Chargers win, as well as our prediction on the outcome.
1. Rivers Needs a Coming Out Party – It’s been a tough season for Philip Rivers, He clearly has not been playing up to his potential. The three-time Pro Bowler has seven touchdown passes to nine interceptions – four fewer than he had all of last season. He had no touchdowns and two interceptions in a 20-17 win over Kansas City on September 25th, a victory that started the Chargers’ three-game winning streak. Last week in the loss to the Chiefs, he had a season-low 179 passing yards. This is a week he needs to let loose, and take some shots and get on track. It could be a long night otherwise.
2. Shore Up the Run D – The Chargers Run D has yielded 162 rushing yards in each of its last two contests. They will take on a Chiefs team without of course Jammal Charles, but Jackie Battle, who has run for 195 yards on 35 attempts in the last two games, will be the workhorse and will get a number of shots against the Chargers. The Jets last week ran for 5.2 yards per carry, and if the Chiefs come close to this number, they will for sure have the edge against the Bolts.
3. Finish – Sounds easy, but it’s got to be a concern for Norv Turner and the Bolts after last weeks major letdown against the Jets on the road. They were up 11 in the fourth quarter, and did nothing to close the game out, not a good sign. The Chargers are playing a team they have more talent than, yet they sometimes play down to the competition, and that can’t happen this Monday. If they get a lead and the foot on the Chiefs throat, they can’t let up, and they have to put them away when given the chance.
Prediction – San Diego is still shaking their heads as to how they lost that game against the Jets Sunday, and now they head to the prime time lights at Arrowhead. The Chiefs may have won three in a row, but did it against two bad teams and a Raiders team that had to start Kyle Boller and then threw in Carson Palmer when trailing. San Diego needs to run, get Philip Rivers on track, and stop the run. They also need to make sure to not allow the emotion of a big game get to them. The Chiefs are playing well, and here’s thinking they pull off the minor upset at home. Kansas City 23 San Diego 21