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LA Chargers: Five keys to bouncing back against the Chiefs

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The Chargers enter a really tough portion of their schedule at 1-1. It certainly would've been more optimal to get that win vs. Dallas prior to facing the Chiefs, Raiders, Browns, and then Ravens. Of course, no game is a "must win" this early on. But this is a season-defining stretch to say the least.

LA did get a win vs. the Chiefs late last season, but they haven't beaten the Chiefs in a Patrick Mahomes start since the comeback at Arrowhead in December 2018.

1. The LA Chargers must take advantage of the Chiefs' run defense

There's been a lot of talk about how bad the Chargers' own run defense has been, and rightfully so. They've allowed 324 yards on the ground in the first two games, good enough (or bad enough?) for fourth worst in the league. Kansas City has allowed 404 rush yards in the first two games. That includes 251 yards given up to the Ravens last week in primetime.

To be fair to the Chiefs here, they've played two of the best rushing attacks in the league. But it's clear that their first and second levels of the defense are easier to take advantage of than their secondary with Tyrann Mathieu.

The challenge against the Chiefs is keeping the game close. If the Chargers go down two possessions early, they obviously can't afford to run the ball consistently at that point. LA needs to raise that 3.9 rush yards per attempt significantly this week against a struggling Chiefs' run D to have a chance at winning.