Hunt becomes the hunted
Mahomes might not even be a big part of the game plan. The Chiefs might rely heavily on sophomore running back Kareem Hunt to carry them to victory. Which might cause some problems due to the fact that the Chargers’ biggest weakness is the run defense.
Brandon Mebane cannot be heavily relied on, he will need some help. This is where I said Philon might be the end-all-be-all to winning this game. Philon is the type of player that just gets stronger as the game goes on and as he plays more, I am hoping that he learns on the fly and his rush defense gets more stout within the game because he might be the only defensive lineman that can penetrate and stack lineman.
If he has a big game stopping Hunt or freeing up linebackers, that will win us the game.
Speaking of linebackers, there are two “linebackers” that might be specially assigned to mirror Hunt and those two are WILL linebacker Kyzir White and Dime linebacker/strong safety Derwin James. First off let’s start with White who outperformed his draft selection impressing coaches throughout training camp and preseason games.
When White’s out there on the field, he looks like a jacked-up missile. As soon as he reads the play, he attacks the hole in the blink of an eye. As Anthony Lynn said when they drafted him, he’s a hitter and not afraid to get in between with the big ugly’s. He also has the speed to handle running backs coming out of the backfield. With White and Perryman handling most of the linebacker duties, we shouldn’t have to worry about poor linebacker play like last year
The Chargers’ No.1 draft selection this year has everyone hyped for him to live up to the potential that everyone knows he can perform.
The question is how much is James going to play and where will he play when he’s on the field? In my honest and humble opinion, I believe that the coaches will stick with Jahleel Addae for the most part of the season as their starting strong safety, and that way Derwin will see the field at free safety or dime linebacker.
In this game I see James being more valuable in the box due to the West Coast offense the Chiefs have and the danger Hunt is toward this defense. Imagine a box filled with Perryman, White, James and Addae. That’s a dangerous group full of head hunters.
If Hunt gets through the first level of defense, he won’t get past the second level. James has the athleticism and the power and football IQ to get the best of Hunt. If we get the best of Hunt we get the best of the Chiefs.