September 16, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) talks in the huddle during the first quarter against the Tennessee Titans at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE
I gotta say this weeks game on the road is looking like it will be the most exciting game of the season so far. The Chiefs are actually looking like a cohesive team and the Chargers are looking to make a point after a terrible loss at home.
The San Diego Chargers Jared Gaither will most likely not be playing on Sunday, leaving the line vulnerable. In turn, Rivers is vulnerable. Fortunately, on the other side of the ball, the Chiefs are without their starting center. Leaving them equally vulnerable, if not more so, since Harris has had a few weeks to learn the ropes as a starter.
I predict Ryan Mathews will be even stronger than he was last week. He only had 15 carries last week, but it was his first week back since he broke his collarbone. I expect him to be a stronger force this week and Battle will be making big plays as well. With the Chiefs defense giving up about 50 more yards then they get on the ground I would expect this to be an exciting ground game. Oh and did I mention, the Chiefs are actually #1 in rush yards. Yep, exciting ground game indeed.
They key for both sides of the ball is going to be defense. Rivers has a lot of targets when it comes to passing and if the Chiefs do not shut him down he will be passing all over them. If I was having a talk with Norv Turner I would tell him to keep is simple. The Chargers have all the tools we need in order to win this game. Hold on to the ball, protect the quarterback and mix it up when calling plays.
I heard an interesting stat this week. Going into week four, teams that are 2-1 get to the playoffs 75% of the time. Teams that are 1-2 only 50%. I think the Bolts are going to get there and they will increase their odds when we get to 3-1 this week. Boltup!