Nov 17, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Members of the Kansas City Chiefs defensive team on the bench late in the fourth quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos defeated the Chiefs 27-17. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Behind Enemy Lines: Chiefs vs Chargers

Chiefs vs Chargers
This week I asked Andrew Kuhla, editor of Chiefs blog Arrowhead Addict, some questions headed into the game.

1. How confident are the Chiefs in Alex Smith to win a game in the 4th?
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.
2. How will the Chiefs front-7 game plan to stop Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead?
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.
3. Who are some unknown guys on offense and defense that are potential game-changers for the Chiefs?
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.


4. How will the Chiefs get their pass rush going when Rivers releasees the ball so quickly?
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.


5. What is your prediction for the score?
Chiefs: 20,  Chargers: 17

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  • Blue&gold_blood

    Chargers 20
    Chiefs 14

  • ECAVILLE/Ace of Spades

    Chargers 28
    Chiefs 18

  • Conor Cahill

    I love the optimism on this comment board

    • arnie

      Lol. At the end of the day, I know my team. The problem is, I don’t know which one will show up.

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  • Taz

    I believe KC wins but wonder on the part of surprises. Devito had been out over 2 days.

    “On defense, I’d give the nod to defensive end Mike DeVito”

  • Joel Ayala

    I’m thinking 23-17 SD. I’m thinking KC will be thinking ahead to their matchup with The Donkeys again. But Arrowhead is a tougher place to play than Den. IMO

  • bk

    Rivers is of course the key…..Will Philip finally execute the accelerated no-huddle offense to keep the Chiefs unset, off-guard, and breathless, or will Philip continue his spastic gyrations, pointing, going to the line and back again, shouting and pointing some more, so that by the time he calls for the hike, the entire clock is gone and the Chiefs are rested and set? Philip’s hurry-up offense is a joke, with no acceleration at all and the element of surprise totally destroyed by his constant hyper-activity which fools no one. If Philip does this again, the Chargers will get clobbered……Will Philip go back to the quick passes to Gates and Woody and Royal, or will he go back to his old loosing ways of looking down field for the long connections which he has done in the last three loses and thrown in-completions galore. Philip has regressed to his old losing ways by looking for the 2 birds in a distant bush rather than to the 1 bird right there at hand. Quick hitters by Ryan, quick dumps to Woody and Gates are key, for the Chiefs are strong and huge, but not quick. Wear them down and wear them out! Quick! Quick! Quick! Accelerate! Accelerate! Accelerate! If Rivers doesn’t, the Chargers will get clobbered….Philips must give decisive and inspired leadership on the field and on the sideline. Someone has to get this team fired up and charged up, and it is Philip. Either he starts kicking butt including his own or the Chargers will get their butts kicked again.

  • Bill Nichols

    Looks like 3 loses in a row for the easiest schedule in the league Chiefs. Wait till they come to San diego, won’t be as close, Bolts are going to blow them out. Great game Rivers, and Allen. Hope DJ’s injury is just a boo boo. We need that beast. Bolt Up!!