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Chiefs vs. Chargers: Turnovers Join Running Game As Keys

The Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers will meet on Sunday and we're expecting to see a heavy dose of Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones, whether Matt Cassel plays or not. Obviously, that's a significant part of this game.

Turnovers are also going to be critical, as they always are with this team.

The Chiefs are plus-seven (7th) in the turnover department and the Chargers are minus-five (23rd). Here's an important stat, I think -- the Chargers have turned it over in every game but one this year. The Chiefs have turned it over in just seven of 12 games. The Chiefs are 7-2 when the opponent turns it over.

Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union Tribune broke down all the numbers indicating the importance of turnovers. For example, the Chargers have at least one turnover in the first half of every loss. That falls nicely in line with the Chiefs need to start fast to avoid getting in a whole early.

You don't turn the ball over, so you don't get blown out, so you can keep running the football. Are you listening, Brodie Croyle? Last time we saw Croyle he was efficient (66.7%) and didn't throw any interceptions.If he plays, that will be necessary once again.

The Chiefs vs. Chargers is really pretty simple. If KC doesn't turn it over, I think they can stay in this game. But if they do turn it over, I'm not sure how much faith I have in the offense to hang around in a shootout, given the current quarterback situations.

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