Chiefs vs. Chargers: Why Kansas City Will Upset San Diego
To say that the Kansas City Chiefs have had bad start to their '11 regular season would be huge understatement.
KC has been outscored to the tune of an 89-10 count in their first two games combined.
The task at hand won't get an easier this week when Kansas City travels to San Diego to take on the 1-1 Chargers.
However, I believe that the Chiefs will be not only the hungrier team, but also have the tools to upset their division rivals.
Here are the reasons why the Chiefs will pull out a shocker in San Diego this weekend.
The Chiefs Are out to Prove That They Are Not the Worse Team in Football
It seems to be unanimous that the Kansas City Chiefs are currently the worst team in football after the first two weeks of the regular season.
What's even harder to believe is the fact that this is mainly the same group of guys that went 10-6 last year and won the AFC West crown.
Even though the Chargers are heavily favored in this game, I expect KC to come out of the gates with vengeance.
When it comes down to it, no one wants to be known as the worst team in the league, especially the Chiefs.
The Chiefs Will Run Wild on the Chargers Defense
Even without star RB Jamaal Charles, the Chiefs' ground attack is still very potent.
Second-year man Dexter McCluster is one of the fastest players in the league and is very explosive out of the KC backfield.
Kansas City also has two-time Pro Bowl RB Le'Ron McClain and veteran Thomas Jones to help shoulder the load as well.
The Chiefs already torched the Chargers once on the ground last season, so who is to say that they can't do it again in Week 3 of the '11 campaign?
The Chiefs' Pass Rush Will Have a Big Day
Last year, the Chiefs lacked a consistent pass rush but still had one of the best sack-masters in the league in OLB Tamba Hali.
Hali racked up 14.5 sacks, which was good enough for second in the league.
After two games where the Chiefs defense has only picked up one sack, I think that this is the game that they will get it going, especially Hali.
The Chiefs Will Hit the Chargers Hard with Trick Plays
Last year, the Chiefs seldom used trick plays, but when they did, they were mostly effective.
In Week 3 against San Francisco, KC successfully fooled the 49ers into two different touchdowns through the use of trick plays.
Also, KC has one of the gutsiest head coaches in all of the NFL in Todd Haley.
I see Haley and the offense pulling out a few tricks in this game against the Chargers, and I don't think that San Diego will be ready for them at all.
Special Teams Will Score at Least One TD
In 2010, the Chiefs burned the Chargers on special teams in the first game of the season at Arrowhead Stadium.
Then-rookie Dexter McCluster returned a punt for 94 yards for a score near the end of the first half, keying a Chiefs victory that night.
With San Diego fielding one of the weakest special teams units in the league last year, there is little reason to think that KC can't exploit them again in this area on Sunday.
Javier Arenas is due for a big return, and he would love nothing more than to get one or even more against the AFC West runner-up this weekend.