The Kansas City Chiefs are 1-6 and 8-point underdogs agains the San Diego Chargers on Thursday NIght Football. They'll probably lose this game -- I'm picking the Chargers, 31-10 -- but that doesn't mean they'll definitely lose.
KC has surprised the Chargers before. They can do it again. Here's how:
Give Jamaal Charles more than five carries
Heck, give him 10! Gasp!
The Chiefs need to ride Charles all season long. He's had two games this year where he's been a non-factor with less than 10 carries. That can't happen. Not when he's the best player on the team and not when your quarterback is Matt Cassel or Brady Quinn.
I want to see a minimum of 20 total touches out of Charles on Thursday night.
Limit the turnovers to two
Yep. Only turn it over twice. That's a key to this game. That would actually be a big upgrade for the Chiefs who are averaging about three turnovers per game. Last time they played the Chargers it was a quick 17-0 in the first quarter due to turnovers.
Every week turnovers are a key for every team in every game. That's especially true with the Chiefs.
Make Philip Rivers make mistakes
He's gonna make a mistake. We all know that. The key is when that mistake will come. Can the Chiefs capitalize if he throws a costly interception? Can they turn a turnover into points? That's the key here. Create turnovers but make them count.
Get a lead
Good grief. Just get a lead, even if for one possession. I don't even care so much about winning the game. Just hold a lead for at least one second in a game so people can stop talking about the Chiefs being the first team since the Great Depression to go lead-less through their first seven games.
Score more points than the Chargers
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