The Kansas City Chiefs have been disappointing in recent years, but entering the 2010 season the Kansas Chiefs are entering the season with the most confidence in four years. I am and all the Chiefs fans should be pumped for the September 13th Monday Night Football and I do believe the Chiefs will run the Chargers back to San Diego in front of a National Audience. So here are the Top 10 Reasons the Chiefs will beat the Chargers week one.
10. The Chargers are LT-Less:
Yes I know Ladanian Tomlinson wasn't too much of a factor in the 2009 season, but he sure was a big factor throughout his career and it will be very strange watching the Chargers playing without their best player in its history. Just imagine the pressure on Chargers' rookie running back Ryan Matthews I think the Chiefs should really attack Ryan Matthews early in order for him to feel extremely uncomfortable in his first pro game.
9. The Chargers are Going to be without Marcus McNeil:
Marcus McNeil is the Chargers' left tackle he isn't great, but he is certainly the 2nd best left tackle in the AFC West behind Ryan Clady. The Chiefs will take advantage of this and bring the heat with many blitzes from Tamba Hali going full throttle on whoever is protecting Philip Rivers' blind side. Expect Hali to have a field day with anywhere between 1.0 and 3.0 sacks.
Dex A.K.A. Dexter McCluster in my opinion will be a huge factor if the Chiefs beat the Chargers. I really do think Charlie Weis and Todd Haley have some special packages in for Dexter McCluster simply because he is a threat wherever he is lined up on the football field. With McCluster's break away speed I expect him to have at least a few big gainers. Dex will have a few rushes, a few catches, and a few returns during the game.
7. Bowe's Back:
Like all Chiefs fans know Dwayne Bowe had a pretty disappointing 2009 after posting up a 1000 yard season in 2008 and a historic rookie season in 2007. Bowe is defiantly capable of being a number one threat at receiver, but he didn't really show that in 2009. Bowe has received help from Hall of Famers Chris Carter and Michael Irvin this offseason as well as working with All-Pro Larry Fitzgerald to help regain confidence and stardom. I expect Bowe to have a good Monday Night and have at least one touchdown catch.
6. Dorsey and Jackson:
This might be a little of a risk putting Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson this high on this list, but if the Chargers running attack fails it is because of these two. Glenn Dorsey is the most underrated player on the Chiefs defense by far he had a descent rookie season and was a pretty good run defender in 2009 and showed hope and promise at the position. Dorsey racked up over 50 tackles which is pretty good when he is 6 foot 1 and he is going up against 6 foot 6 tackles. Jackson on the other hand was stellar in the pre-season, but it didn't translate into the regular season. I really think Jackson has more potential than Dorsey and will have a better career than him because he has realistic size for a 3-4 linemen and he is a really hard worker. If the run defense is good in week one it is because Dorsey and most defiantly Tyson Jackson took a big leap.
5. The 5th Dimension:
Ah yes Eric Berry the chosen one also know as "The 5th Dimension" is arguably the best safety in college football history and he fell into the Chiefs grasp. Week one will be a statistically a big game for Eric Berry because of the Chargers' pass first offense and Eric Berry plays the free safety the best position to get stats in the NFL. Philip Rivers will meet his new nemesis in week one Eric Berry. Expect Eric Berry to have anywhere from 5 to 15 tackles, one or two for loss, and maybe an interception. Look for Eric Berry to be in contention for "Diet Pepsi Rookie of the Week" week one.
4. No Vincent Jackson:
The Chargers have a handful of good core players that are disgruntled like Shawne Merriman and Marcus McNeil, but Vincent Jackson stands out the most. Vincent Jackson was a Pro-Bowler in 2009 and won't be available against the Chiefs week one due to a suspension. With the Chiefs having an outstanding defensive backfield with Brandon Carr, Brandon Flowers, rookie college All-Americans Eric Berry and Javier Arenas, and Ole Miss standout Kendrick Lewis the Chiefs are no question loaded with talent in the secondary. They won't have to worry about the Pro-Bowler so all attention will be toward Antonio Gates and unproven receiver Malcolm Floyd. Expect an interception or a couple against the Chargers.
The Chiefs defiantly have a dynamic duo of running backs in their hands, one in Thomas Jones who is a bruiser and wears down defenses and one in Jamaal Charles who uses his blazing speed to leave defenders in the dust. I think the Chiefs will use Charles early then finish off with Thomas Jones putting it down the Chargers throats. The Chargers will be without former All-Pro nose tackle Jamal Williams and have an unproven rookie at the starting spot and the Chargers could even be without Shawne Merriman so it looks likes the plan is to run the ball. My stats are already predicted for these two running backs for this game: Charles will have 20 rushes for 125 yards and 1 TD and Thomas Jones will have 12 rushes for 55 yards and 1 TD.
2. The Chiefs Finally have an Identity:
That identity is Jamaal Charles and running the ball he is the player the Chiefs are really building their offense around he is defiantly the key to the Chiefs success by the end of the 2010 season Jamaal Charles will be the official face of the franchise. He is the core player going into this game and all eyes will be on him and if he runs wild the Chiefs run wild. Expect Jamaal Charles to have a big game.
1. Arrowhead Stadium Will be the Loudest in Years:
The fans are the biggest factor in this game Chiefs fans are known for being loud and proud and they need to be week one. Chiefs fans and Chiefs players know that this game sets the tone for the entire season I am so excited for this game I don't even know if I want to go because I would just love to see the Chiefs on TV in prime time! But, buy your tickets Chiefs fans because this game is the start of something special and I cannot wait to see Arrowhead rocking.