LA Chargers: 3 matchups that will determine Week 3 outcome vs. Kansas City Chiefs
By Jason Reed
3. Linval Joseph and the interior defensive line vs. Kansas City's offensive line
All of the key matchups here are on the defensive side of the ball for the LA Chargers and that is by design. As long as the team does not make any dumb mistakes and stab itself in the foot it should be able to score against this Kansas City defense.
This is not a great Kansas City defense in both areas of the game. The Chargers should be able to both run the ball and air it out and will likely utilize that to put together a lot of long drives and kill the clock.
That does not mean that the team is destined for success as we have seen terrible red-zone efficiency from them this season. However, we can also argue that the team is due for a huge scoring game.
The final key matchup for the LA Chargers to win is between the tackles. The Bolts were absolutely horrendous against the run in Week 2 and they cannot let Clyde Edwards-Helaire run all over them. More importantly, they cannot let him be a huge target in the passing game as well.
If the Chargers win the other two matchups and can at least limit Hill and Kelce (again, they have the pieces for it) then winning this matchup would cement the win for the team. If they can slow down Kansas City's two best weapons and stop the run then there is not much KC can do.
Granted, they still have Mahomes who is going to make magic happen but I like the idea of forcing Mecole Hardman and Demarcus Robinson to beat them. With the kind of offensive day that the Chargers should have, that likely won't be enough.
The blueprint is there for the Bolts to succeed and stun the Kansas City Chiefs, they just have to execute. There is a reason why the Chiefs are so good and it is because those two weapons are so special. The pieces are there, it is all about execution.