Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/28/12

San Diego Chargers @ Kansas City Chiefs

The Chargers have struggled on offense but with Ryan Mathews back for his second game and a very soft defense all that could change this week. It is historically tough to play in Arrowhead but the Bills really took it to the Chiefs in week 2 at Arrowhead and if the Chargers can put it all together it could happen here again in week 4.

The Chiefs are coming off an overtime win against the New Orleans Saints. The offense has been okay so far this season but the defense is not helping them at all. Currently sitting at 1-2 the Chiefs need to sure up that defense if they want to get a bigger number in the win column.

San Diego Chargers (2-1): Philip Rivers is off to a mediocre start to the season and has not topped the 300-yard mark yet this season. His interception woes from last season seemed to have followed him into this one as he already has three interceptions. The match-up is great for Rivers and if he can't do it against this defense it may be time to shop Mr. Rivers.

Ryan Mathews didn't over impress in his first game back from his broken collarbone but he also only recorded 15 touches (10 rushing, 5 receiving) and compiled 76 yards. The Chargers were more than likely trying to get him back up to speed and therefore limited his touches. With a second full week of practice and one game under his belt, expect Mathews to play a much larger role in the offense this week.

Malcom Floyd is the only wide receiver worth noting on this roster. Floyd has 13 receptions for 227 yards and a touchdown. If he can stay healthy Floyd could be a solid WR3 option all season long.

Antonio Gates has started very slow as well. He has missed a game due to a rib injury and does not appear to be his old self on the field anymore. Whether he is worried about his ribs or has just lost a step, Gates seems to be slowing down quite a bit. Here's to hoping he makes me put my foot in my mouth.

Good starts: Philip Rivers, Ryan Mathews, Malcom Floyd, Antonio Gates

Middle of the road: --

Bad starts: Robert Meachem, Eddie Royal, Jackie Battle

 

Kansas City Chiefs (1-2): Matt Cassel has been throwing the ball a lot already this season as the Chiefs have mainly played from behind in all three contests. This game will probably be no different and Cassel could make for a sneaky play this week.

Jamaal Charles ran wild last week, going off for 233 yards on 33 rushing attempts and a  touchdown. He also added six receptions for 55 yards. With Peyton Hillis still in a walking boot and unlikely to play Sunday, Charles could be in for another great game.

Dwayne Bowe is by far the best receiver in Kansas City and if tied to a better offense/quarterback, I would argue a top-ten talent at the position. Bowe has 18/234/2 on the season and should only add to all three of those categories this week. I don't usually predict but...6/105/1 is what I'm thinking this week from Bowe. So if he is not, GET HIM IN YOUR LINEUPS! Sorry for getting loud there.

Good starts: Jamaal Charles, Dwayne Bowe

Middle of the road: --

Bad starts: Matt Cassel, Tony Moeaki, Jon Baldwin

 

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