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Count Alex's Losses
09-23-2011, 02:04 PM
http://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2011/09/23/three-to-focus-on-chiefs-chargers/

While the Chiefs are reeling from two consecutive blowout defeats to start the season and the tragic season-ending injuries to Tony Moeaki, Jamaal Charles, and Eric Berry, the San Diego Chargers just can’t seem to dispel the belief that they don’t bring their A-game early in the season. Overall, the Chargers’ offense looked a lot better against New England than it did against Minnesota, but the defense couldn’t handle the Patriots’ high-octane offense.

While the Chargers may have struggled to play timely defense, the Chiefs have yet to show that they can stop any offense, and they’ll have their hands full with a Chargers team that’s out to prove it can lock up the division before December. The last time these teams met in (Week 14 last season), the Chargers beat up on the Matt Cassel-less Chiefs on route to a 31-0 blowout. The Chiefs probably aren’t going to make it into the playoffs this year, but preventing the Chargers from getting in their groove should be plenty of motivation for them to play hard in this one.

The Chiefs have a long way to go to return to respectability after the two crushing defeats that they experienced, and they’ll have to do much better in their individual matchups to improve as a team. Let’s take a look at three things to focus on as they try to do exactly that.

1) Brandon Flowers vs. Chargers Receivers

Has Brandon Flowers had a forgettable two games, or have teams figured out how to attack him? Last year, Flowers was in the running for best cornerback in the league and routinely shut down opposing wideouts despite lacking the ideal size (NFL.com lists him at 5’9) to cover bigger receivers. Lining up across from Calvin Johnson last week proved to be too much though, as Flowers yielded two touchdowns to “Megatron” despite playing solid coverage overall. He also gave up a touchdown to Tony Scheffler. On a whole, Flowers is playing as well as he did last year, and hasn’t lost any of the physicality that made him great, but with that being said, the touchdowns are a concern no matter how well he performs the rest of the time. His job won’t get any easier this week, as he will have to cover either Malcolm Floyd or Vincent Jackson depending on where they line up. Both of these receivers have over six inches on Flowers, and Jackson is coming off a great game against the Patriots with a +3.4 receiving grade. When the Chargers get down into the red zone, it will interesting to see if Philip Rivers tries to toss one up for Floyd or Jackson and see if Flowers can make a play on it or not.

2) Chiefs Offensive Line vs. Chargers Pass Rush

If the Chiefs are going to win this game, Matt Cassel has to have outstanding protection. While he’s only been under pressure on 11 drop-backs so far this season, the results of those 11 drop-backs are atrocious: three completions, 13 yards, an INT, and four sacks. Although he may not always receive poor protection, when he does, Cassel struggles mightily. Shaun Philips has a sack and four pressures this season, and you can bet he’ll be looking to wreak havoc on Cassel all day. The Chiefs’ offensive line will have to do a good job in their protection schemes and limit the disruptions as much as possible to give Cassel time to go downfield with the ball. Through two games, Cassel’s yards-per-attempt is a paltry 4.3, and though it’s easy to just blame him for that, his line needs to make sure they are giving him the time he needs to look downfield and let the deeper routes develop. One way or the other, the result of this game will probably be heavily influenced by this units’ matchup.

3) Ryan Mathews’ time to shine?

One interesting development that’s sure to be even more interesting to involved fantasy owners is the Ryan Mathews/Mike Tolbert workload split. Tolbert is far and away the better receiving option and makes for an excellent third-down back, but the Chargers have stuck to a more balanced split in their carries despite their hopes that Mathews develops into “the next LT”. Last week, Tolbert managed only 10 rushing yards on nine attempts, and although the Chargers aren’t going to kick him to the curb for one poor game, Mathews might be poised to take on a larger role if this trend continues. Consider that Mathews is averaging 4.5 YPC to Tolbert’s 2.1, and the fact that he is actually picking up more yards-after-contact than the larger and more physical Tolbert. Tolbert does have big-play ability and can break away from defenders surprisingly well for a bigger guy, but Mathews is flashier and if he continues to consistently get the tough, physical yards better than Tolbert, their workload is going to take on a much more uneven split in the not so distant future.

Rain Man
09-23-2011, 02:07 PM
Barry Richardson will shut down Shaun Phillips.

Dicky McElephant
09-23-2011, 02:07 PM
I really wish they'd quit blaming the offensive line for Cassel's shitty performance.

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09-23-2011, 02:13 PM
I read somewhere that Matt Cassel is not the problem

durtyrute
09-23-2011, 02:15 PM
I really wish they'd quit blaming the offensive line for Cassel's shitty performance.

NEVER

http://disser2.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/frustration.gif

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09-23-2011, 02:18 PM
NEVER

http://disser2.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/frustration.gif

http://www.uplolit.com/media/201110/14964b888160fc5b19a19c365cdbb3e9.jpg

durtyrute
09-23-2011, 02:20 PM
http://www.uplolit.com/media/201110/14964b888160fc5b19a19c365cdbb3e9.jpg

LMAO

lcarus
09-23-2011, 02:30 PM
I read somewhere that Matt Cassel is not the problem

He's just a big part of the overall problem. That would be correct.

Count Alex's Losses
09-23-2011, 02:35 PM
I really wish they'd quit blaming the offensive line for Cassel's shitty performance.

They really didn't blame the line. They're just saying he sucks under pressure.

whoman69
09-23-2011, 02:44 PM
11 pressures on how many dropbacks, and 6 of those attributed to one guy. Its not an o-line problem, its a weak link at one spot on the o-line. Its not an excuse for Check Down. He has absolutely no skill in dealing with pressure. Tom Brady gets pressure, steps up in the pocket and completes the pass. Check Down cannot use his progressions beyond going to the check down. In short, he is panic waiting to happen.

Gadzooks
09-23-2011, 02:48 PM
http://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2011/09/23/three-to-focus-on-chiefs-chargers/
2) Chiefs Offensive Line vs. Chargers Pass Rush

If the Chiefs are going to win this game, Matt Cassel has to have outstanding protection. While he’s only been under pressure on 11 drop-backs so far this season, the results of those 11 drop-backs are atrocious: three completions, 13 yards, an INT, and four sacks. Although he may not always receive poor protection, when he does, Cassel struggles mightily. Shaun Philips has a sack and four pressures this season, and you can bet he’ll be looking to wreak havoc on Cassel all day. The Chiefs’ offensive line will have to do a good job in their protection schemes and limit the disruptions as much as possible to give Cassel time to go downfield with the ball. Through two games, Cassel’s yards-per-attempt is a paltry 4.3, and though it’s easy to just blame him for that, his line needs to make sure they are giving him the time he needs to look downfield and let the deeper routes develop. One way or the other, the result of this game will probably be heavily influenced by this units’ matchup.


SD barely rushed Brady, (usually brought 3 rushers.). I'm not sure why, but, if that continues, Cassel will have all the time in the world to show how much he sucks.

Dicky McElephant
09-23-2011, 03:42 PM
They really didn't blame the line. They're just saying he sucks under pressure.

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Through two games, Cassel’s yards-per-attempt is a paltry 4.3, and though it’s easy to just blame him for that, his line needs to make sure they are giving him the time he needs to look downfield and let the deeper routes develop.

Fruit Ninja
09-23-2011, 04:38 PM
All i want to see is Suck for LUck Chants in Arrowhead when the Chiefs come back to Kc for a homegame.

That would be bad ass.

Drunk
09-23-2011, 08:51 PM
All i want to see is Suck for LUck Chants in Arrowhead when the Chiefs come back to Kc for a homegame.

That would be bad ass.

ive never understood the ones who root against "their" own team under any circumstances. especially because of an unproven draft pick.

Ace Gunner
09-23-2011, 08:56 PM
NEVER

http://disser2.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/frustration.gif

those are two of the hottest planets in the solar system

Ace Gunner
09-23-2011, 09:57 PM
btw- for those saying the Chargers defense would miss DC Ron Reviera and fall from grace with new coach Greg Manusky, i say hahahahaha - you are so wrong. That defense might be playing better now, but the loss of Castillo is big.

You got to have players or your scheme is nothing. See the Chiefs.