Mediocrity and the San Diego Chargers seem to go hand in hand.
At times, the Chargers look dominant and ready to take control of the AFC West.
However, there are other times when the seat really heats up for Norv Turner.
Last week's drubbing by the hands of Atlanta 27-3, makes us sports fans really scratch their heads.
Meanwhile, the Chiefs were dead in the water trailing 24-6 against New Orleans, but they came alive and roared back winning that game in overtime.
Is Jamaal Charles really back from his injury? He looked the part last Sunday.
Here are three bold predictions.
Bold Prediction No. 1: The Chargers will throw the ball -- A LOT
Look for San Diego to exploit the Chiefs' undersized secondary on Sunday. Kansas City’s best cover corner, Brandon Flowers, is only 5-10, so look for Philip Rivers to utilizes his taller receivers to get their offense going.
Kansas City’s pass defense is ranked 12th in the league, which isn’t bad, but the Chargers' receivers are way more athletic and Norv Turner is excellent at spreading the ball around. After three games, Rivers' numbers aren’t impressive 688 passing yards, 4 touchdowns and 3 interceptions, but I expect those numbers to get a major boost in Kansas City.
Rivalry games bring out the best in great players, and Rivers will deliver.
But will it be enough for the win? Rivers' stat line: 27 for 41 360 yards, 3 touchdowns 1, interception.
Bold Prediction No. 2: Feed the Beast -- Charles will keep running, and running and running
Jamaal Charles leads the NFL in rushing with 323 yards and averaging six yards per carry. Charles ran for 233 yards against the Saints including that spectacular 91-yard touchdown so the Chiefs will live and die with the running game.
The Chargers are no slouch against the run. They are giving up 67 yards per game which is fourth in the NFL. Expect Chargers linebackers, Takeo Spikes and Donald Butler, to really play close attention to Charles and contain him early. However, as we found out last week, Charles can explode at any time. Charles' stat line: 23 carries 98 yards.
Bold Prediction No. 3: Cassel will struggle, but the Chiefs find a way to win at home
Matt Cassel's numbers have not been impressive. In fact, he is borderline to be replaced if he keeps playing that way. Throwing four interceptions with a talented offensive cast surrounding him is not acceptable.
However, the Chiefs are playing at home in front of a rabid home crowd so I expect his numbers to mirror that of Rivers. With Jamaal Charles emerging as one of the NFL’s best running backs, the pressure is off of Cassel a bit. All he needs to do is to get the ball into the hands of Dwayne Bowe and Dexter McCluster and get out of the way.
KC has a potent three-headed monster attack, so look for the home crowd to will the Chiefs to a victory over their rival.
Final score: Chiefs 34, Chargers 26
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