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Arrowheadlines: Marcus Peters on Keenan Allen, scouts love Chris Jones

Chiefs-Chargers predictions: Week 3

Prediction time! Pete Sweeney, Seth Keysor and former Chiefs LB Shawn Barber

Posted by Arrowhead Pride: For Kansas City Chiefs Fans on Saturday, September 23, 2017

5 reasons the K.C. Chiefs will beat L.A. | The San Diego Union-Tribune

Two San Diegans. Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (Helix High) often plays well versus his boyhood favorites. Coincidence or not, Smith has raised his game since his team spent three draft picks on Patrick Mahomes, also a quarterback. The rookie is an honorary San Diegan, having trained in Carlsbad and tutored youths in Coronado.

Way We Hear It: Kansas City Chiefs have a secret weapon that has led to 2-0 start | PFW

But there's some firepower defensively, too, and there's one cog on that side of the ball that maybe is just now starting to get the national attention he deserves.

"Can we talk about 95 please?" one pro scout texted us this week.

That would be the uniform number for Chiefs DE Chris Jones, who was a one-man wrecking crew in Week 2 against the Philadelphia Eagles. Jones logged three sacks, two forced fumbles and an athletic interception in the win and was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his work. Perhaps he's becoming more of a household name as we write this.

What are the Chiefs Saying about the Bolts? | Los Angeles Chargers

“You’re probably not going to surprise him. He’s been doing this a long time. The thing that kind of amazes me about the guy is that it doesn’t matter who you put in with him, he’s going to come in and say, ‘We’re going to get after it.’ No matter who is playing for him, or who he’s playing against, that’s how he approaches a game.” – Head Coach Andy Reid

Chargers vs. Chiefs Preview: When the Bolts Have the Ball | Bolts From The Blue

How often they target Peters when he’s not guarded by Allen will be interesting. On one hand, you have to keep him honest. On the other hand, you don’t want to lose the game. Peters is a gamer. He’s already one of the 5 best corners in the league. With the lack of production that the team has gotten from Tyrell Williams & Travis Benjamin on the outside, maybe it’s smart to just stay away. If the offense is going to be consistent, they need a perimeter threat.

Andy Reid is giving the Chiefs all the options on offense | Arrowhead Pride

I want to write a bit about what Reid has been doing with the run game in Kansas City this season so far. While doing so, I believe I also end up answering the question that many people have asked: why are some players, particularly Albert Wilson (who is having a decent season for what that’s worth) and De’Anthony Thomas, still on the roster when there are other, more “traditional” wide receiver prospects who have come and gone without managing to stick around?

Chiefs' Chris Conley on why he supports national anthem protesters | The Kansas City Star

Conley tweeted: “‘Stick to sports boy ... Sit down and do what your told. Say or do something we don’t like and your fired’ Well I hate to break it to ya...

“When will people learn that fear won’t make someone sit down. It quite possibly will make more stand up for what they believe in.”

Chiefs' Marcus Peters calls foes 'my kids' | The Kansas City Star

“I got hella kids, man –– I gotta take care of these kids,” Peters continued. “I can’t worry about the individual kid. I have to take care of the whole family.”

Photo Gallery: Chiefs Travel to LA |

Chiefs players ready for work tomorrow against the Chargers landing at LAX.

Keys to the Game: Chiefs vs. Chargers | Los Angeles Chargers

1. Key in on Kareem – One of the biggest surprises to start the 2017 season has been rookie Kareem Hunt’s emergence as an elite running back. The third-round pick out of Toledo leads the league with 229 rushing yards on just 30 carries, averaging 7.6 yards per attempt. He also has eight receptions for 126 yards, proving to be a threat in the passing game. Hunt entered Week 3 also leading the NFL with five total touchdowns (three rushing, two receiving), and has already authored three plays of at least 50 yards. Head Coach Anthony Lynn has seen a lot of top backs over his career, and pointed out what makes the rookie so effective:

Mitch Morse out versus Chargers; Justin Houston back at practice | Chiefs Digest

Morse went out of last week’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth quarter. Zach Fulton will start in his place. Fulton entering the starting lineup means the Chiefs need an additional active lineman Sunday. Cam Erving served as the backup swing tackle the first two weeks of the season. Interior lineman Jordan Devey, who can play both center and guard, is the likely candidate.

Chiefs vs. Chargers: What to watch for | Arrowhead Pride

WR Keenan Allen vs the other Chiefs CBs

The headlines will be Keenan Allen vs Marcus Peters, but I’m more concerned about Allen vs. Terrance Mitchell, Phillip Gaines and the Chiefs other defensive backs. This Chiefs secondary has a lot to prove after losing two key players to IR. Gaines has been pressed into action and has been a bit frustrating to watch. Terrance Mitchell seems to be playing better as the season progresses and he might be hitting his stride.

Faith sustains Chiefs' Winchester after dad's murder | The Kansas City Star

“He used to always teach us when you have a responsibility and someone depends on you, you come through no matter what,” James Winchester said Wednesday as the Chiefs prepared to visit the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday. “That’s just part of working hard and doing your job. He never really believed in calling in sick, calling in when it’s too cold or whatever, making up this and that.

Chargers-Chiefs Week 3 Injury Report Recap: Melvin Gordon Questionable, Jason Verrett Out | Bolts From The Blue

The surprise on the injury report this week is RB Melvin Gordon. Gordon's name appeared on the report Thursday and is listed as having a knee injury. He has been limited in practice since then. It would be a huge loss for the Chargers should Gordon miss Sunday's game. Running lanes for MG3 have been far from plentiful so far this season, but Gordon remains a difference maker in the bolts backfield as a pass catcher. The Chargers will need his services for any hope of beating the Chiefs.

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Los Angeles Chargers preview 2017 | The Kansas City Star

Prediction: Chiefs 30-24

The winless Chargers are desperate for a victory, so I expect them to throw the kitchen sink at the Chiefs. They can’t start 0-3, with two of those losses at home. They’re a better team than that. Yet I suspect that’s exactly what will happen. Their homefield advantage will likely evaporate because Chiefs fans will storm the place, and the Chiefs are a superior team. They’ve also had the Chargers’ number the last few years. I expect Kansas City to come out ahead in a close, competitive battle.

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