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Chiefs find the best way to beat Philip Rivers is keeping him off the field

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The best way to beat Rivers? Keep him off the field.

Stephen Dunn

The stat that I am going to look at the most from the Kansas City Chiefs 23-20 victory over the San Diego Chargers is time of possession. The Chiefs held the ball for a whopping 39 minutes compared to the Chargers 21 minutes. That is really the key stat of the game because it takes away the Chargers best weapon and MVP candidate Philip Rivers.

"Sometimes the best defense against Philip Rivers is keeping him on the sidelines," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said after the game. That is so, so true.

The Chargers didn't get to their second possession in the second half until the fourth quarter thanks to two long drives by the Chiefs to begin the half. The Chiefs had two early three-and-outs but didn't have any after that.

The other key stat is the Chiefs on third down where they continue to shine. The Chiefs converted 7 of 14 third downs to continue to prove they're one of the best third down teams in the league. That is obviously the best way to extend drives and keep a player like Rivers on the sideline.

We can't forget the job the Chiefs defense did with this as well. They were great on third down as well holding the Chargers to 3 of 10. You can only hold Rivers down for so long and that was apparent as the Chargers scored on their final two drives before the game-sealing interception.

Excellent team effort by the Chiefs to stop a player who could beat them.