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Measuring the opponent: Chiefs vs Chargers


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Well Kansas City Chiefs fans, it's finally time for some divisional football.

That's right everyone, the San Diego Chargers are coming to town. It's only week four and already this divisional game is for first place. Yes, it's true, the Bolts have a record of 2-1 and are currently sitting atop the AFC West. However, they are also coming off a game where they got shellacked inside their own house by the Atlanta Falcons, 27-3.

Que the Ron Burgandy quotes.

Despite the records of each team every season, these games are unpredictable. Head to head the Kansas City Chiefs lead the series with an overall edge of 52-50-1. That alone might lead you to believe that you never know what you are going to get when these two teams collide on the grid iron.

Perhaps if we overview some of the individual talents of both squads, we might get a little insight into just what could take place inside a raucous Arrowhead Stadium this afternoon.

Let's start by comparing the starters, special teams and role players, side by side.

OFFENSE

Chargers

Chiefs

Rivers

QB

VS

Cassel

QB

McClain

FB

VS

Eachus

RB/FB

Matthews

RB

VS

Charles

RB

Meachem

WR

VS

Bowe

WR

Floyd

WR

VS

Breaston

WR

Harris

LT

VS

Albert

LT

Green

LG

VS

Allen

LG

Hardwick

C

VS

Lilja

C

Vasquez

RG

VS

Asamoah

RG

Clary

RT

VS

Winston

RT

Gates

TE

VS

Moeaki

TE

DEFENSE

Chargers

Chiefs

Martin

LDE

VS

Jackson

LDE

Franklin

DT

VS

Toribio

NT

Liuget

RDE

VS

Dorsey

RDE

Phillips LOLB

VS

Houston

LOLB

Spikes ILB

VS

Belcher

LILB

Butler ILB

VS

Johnson

RILB

Johnson ROLB

VS

Hali

ROLB

Jammer LCB

VS

Flowers

LCB

Cason RCB

VS

Routt

RCB

Bigby SS

VS

Berry

SS

Weddle FS

VS

Lewis

FS

Gilchrist CB

VS

Arenas

NCB

S.T.

Novak

K

VS

Succop

K

Scifres

P

VS

Colquitt

P

Royal

PR

VS

Arenas

PR

Goodman

KR

VS

Arenas

KR

ROLE

Gaither LT

VS

Baldwin WR

Battle RB

VS

McCluster WR

Royal WR

VS

Bailey DE

Rosario TE

VS

Powe NT

McMichael TE

VS

Poe NT

Reyes DE

VS

Jones ROLB

Stuckey S

VS

Daniels FS

Barnes LOLB

VS

Elam SS

This particular week, we are going to take a quick look at QB's, RB's and OL's and try to determine which team has the obvious advantage. Feel free to break down every other position in the comments section and let me know what you want to see next week:

Quarterbacks - If this game was based solely on the battle of quarterbacks. Phillip Rivers and the Chargers would win this game hands down. He is a just a superior QB in almost every way.

That's not a knock on Matt Cassel, he is just not on Rivers level. In order for the Chiefs to win this game with Matt Cassel under center. Most likely he will have to commit few errors, rely on a strong running game and maintain long drives that keeps San Diego's gunslinger on the sidelines. Advantage - Chargers

Running Backs - Even if the Chargers start a healthy Ryan Matthews. Overall, the better backfield is in Kansas City and that is with an unhealthy Peyton Hillis. Yes, last season the the Chargers backfield was in Kansas City for some exciting moments. Who could forget the Colts game where Jackie Battle helped the Chiefs the a victory or some of the spectacular grabs that LeRon McClain had for the team when they could get him the ball.

That said, the Chiefs have a running back in Jamaal Charles that creates excitement and breaks records when he is healthy. After rushing for 233 yards against the New Orleans Saints last Sunday. I think it's safe to say that Charles is feeling okay, and if he gets some opportunities against the San Diego defense he should perform at a higher level than his competition in Ryan Matthews and former teammates. Advantage - Chiefs

Offensive Line - Statistically speaking in yards per game, the Chiefs seemingly have a more productive line:

Chargers - 23rd total offense,18th rushing, 23rd passing
Chiefs - 1st total offense, 1st rushing, 16th passing

Three games into the season stats can easily be skewed, but with the no names on the Chargers line outside of center Nick Hardwick and the pending return of former Chiefs LT Jared Gaither. It appears to be the reality as well. The Chiefs have two sturdy tackles in Branden Albert and Eric Winston and despite the injury to Rodney Hudson's leg in the Saints game. The Chiefs production actually improved when they moved Ryan Lilja to center and inserted second round Jeff Allen into the mix.

Going into Sunday's game, regardless of whether Gaither starts. Advantage - Chiefs

Closing comments - Phillip Rivers is going to get his yards, Antonio Gates is going to be open... Malcolm Floyd is going to streak down the field with ball in his hands and Chiefs fans will yell and scream from every ounce of their beings out at Arrowhead today.

Those are just some things you can count on when the Chiefs and Chargers play.

One thing I am counting on is the Chiefs getting the running game going early and putting some points on the board. Because we all know how Kansas City will let those above things happen with the soft defenses they like to utilize in vital situations from time to time.

The Chiefs have a chance to take advantage of the momentum of one of the biggest Chiefs comebacks in the history of the organization last Sunday. And do so in their home for first place of the AFC West after starting out 0-2 on the season. One way to do that, is to use these two advantages the Chiefs have over the Chargers. "Jamaal Charles" the football into the end zone before their advantage even has a chance to see the field.

Geaux Chiefs.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.

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