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Week 4: San Diego Chargers At Kansas City Chiefs

San Diego Chargers v Arizona Cardinals
Minnesota Vikings v Kansas City Chiefs
Winner The Chargers will go as far as Philip Rivers can carry them this year. After two solid weeks, he was not at his best in the Week Three home loss to the Falcons. When Rivers is under duress, he tends to fire the ball into double coverage.
Matt Cassel came through with a stellar effort in the Chiefs’ surprising win over New Orleans. When it looked like the Chiefs would get blown out, Cassel kept his cool and made decisive and accurate throws to rally his team.
The Chargers’ ground game should be solid with Ryan Matthews, but he is losing his status as the team’s top running back to former Chief Jackie Battle. Malcolm Floyd and former Saint Robert Meachem are solid receivers but they are not stars. Tight end Antonio Gates needs to step up.
Winner Jamaal Charles started the Chiefs’ comeback against the Saints with a 91-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. That bolt was the key to his 233-yard rushing effort. Dwayne Bowe is explosive and dangerous at the wide receiver position, but he is not always consistent. The Chiefs will try to get tight end Tony Moeaki going at full speed.
The Chargers defense must bounce back after they got taken apart by Matt Ryan and the Falcons. The Chargers gave up three touchdown passes to Ryan. Linebacker Takeo Spikes is a hard hitter and a sure tackler, but he does not have enough helps from his teammates in that area.
Winner The Chiefs were getting run over on defense for the third straight game, but they turned things around after the Chargers opened up a 24-6 lead. Derrick Johnson and Brandon Flowers are this unit’s leaders and they played superior football once the Chiefs got in a desperate situation. Crennel is hoping the unit can start playing a little sooner against the Chargers.
Special Teams
Special teams played fairly well against the Falcons. Punter Mike Scifres has a big leg and he averaged 51.5 yards against Atlanta. Veteran Nate Kaeding is dependable and usually gets the job done in end-of-game situations.
Winner The Chiefs are waiting for and expecting Javier Arenas to break a big return because of his explosive speed. Ryan Succop has become a dependable kicker and Dustin Colquitt is a solid punter who dropped four punts inside the 20 against the Saints.

The Winner Is

Minnesota Vikings v Kansas City Chiefs
Winner Chiefs
3 out of 4

The Chiefs may have rescued their season with their comeback win over a hungry Saints team. They should come home to a raucous crowd and head coach Romeo Crennel needs to make sure his team is ready for a peak effort against the division rival Chargers who suffered a stinging loss at home against the Atlanta Falcons.


  1. MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 9: Quarterback Brock Osweiler #17 of the Houston Texans drops back to pass during the first quarter of the game on October 9, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) SAN DIEGO, CA - OCTOBER 13:  Trevor Siemian #13 of the Denver Broncos warms up before the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on October 13, 2016 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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  2. SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 16:  Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks passes against the Atlanta Falcons at CenturyLink Field on October 16, 2016 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images) GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 17:  Quarterback Carson Palmer #3 of the Arizona Cardinals looks to make a pass against the New York Jets in the first half of the NFL game at University of Phoenix Stadium on October 17, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
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  3. FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 16:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots prepares to receive a snap during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on October 16, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images) PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 25:  Quarterback  Landry Jones #3 of the Pittsburgh Steelers throws a pass during warm ups before playing against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on September 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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