Marshall Faulk asks: Well, we've reached the end. Week 17. Our final GMC Playbook of the year. We end the season with some divisional games where familiarity plays a huge role. Innovative strategy will help separate the teams that are truly Professional Grade. How should your team attack your rival this week in an unexpected way?
The unexpected way to attack the Chargers is to use Chase Daniel! That's the Chiefs backup quarterback who is starting this week because of a lacerated spleen to starter Alex Smith. So the Chiefs attack will already be somewhat expected because there is only one game that Daniel has started in Kansas City, coincidentally this exact game last year against the Chargers in Week 17.
The Chiefs need to do a few things to win this game.
1. Win the turnover battle. This is true every week because turnovers are so, so important but especially so this week. The Chiefs need to avoid turning the ball over because with a backup quarterback you can't expect your offense to be clicking as it normally would. Don't give the Chargers good field position because you screwed up and turned it over. The Chiefs defense, while good, does not create turnovers anymore. It's almost odd how few turnovers they have this year. They need one here.
2. Run the hell out of the ball. I'll let Terez say it here:
Honestly I'd be trying to run even if the Chargers load up the box. Eight guys? Don't care. I'm going 22 personnel + power football.— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) December 27, 2014
3. Hope the football gods on your side. The Chiefs need to win this game, have the Browns beat the Ravens and the Jaguars beat the Texans in order to earn a playoff spot. Any of those don't happen and the Chiefs are out.