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Dec 22, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs fans show their support during the second half of the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Arrowhead Stadium. The Colts won 23-7. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Pregame: Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers


Time: 3:25 p.m.


Radio: 101.1 FM KCFX

History: Chargers lead 53-52-1



1. Starters

We know Dwayne Bowe and Tamba Hali are out due to injury, and that we should expect limited action from Alex Smith, Jamaal Charles, and other starters. The question is how long do they play and who else ends up getting benched. This game means absolutely nothing to the Chiefs, so there is no use to press things too hard, but it would be nice to come away with a win before the playoffs.

2. Jamaal Charles

Speaking of Charles, Jamaal needs 20 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown in order to get to 2,000 yards from scrimmage and 20 touchdowns for the season. He would be just the 10th player in NFL history to accomplish that if he were to hit those two marks. Priest Holmes, who did it twice, is the only other Chiefs player to accomplish this feat.

3. Depth

We’re going to learn a lot about the depth of this team on Sunday, specifically on defense and at running back. Knile Davis, Mike Catapano, Junior Hemingway, and A.J. Jenkins should all see a significant amount of snaps among others.


Boulevard’s Nutcracker Ale. Tis the season…


1. Playoffs?

San Diego will know their playoff fate before kickoff. Knowing what their motivation will be is going to be tough to figure out if they are eliminated from playoff contention before the game. The Chargers need to win and have both Baltimore and Miami lose in order to make the playoffs.

2. Philip Rivers

Rivers was selected to the Pro Bowl for what has been a resurgent season for him. He torched the Chiefs in the second half of the first matchup against the Chiefs after Justin Houston and Tamba Hali were knocked out of the game. Most of that yardage came on crossing routes that took advantage of KC’s man-heavy coverage. It will be interesting to see how the Chiefs adjust to that.

3. Bad Trends

Kansas City is 5-14 against the Chargers since 2004 and have lost five of the last six. Seriously, this needs to end.


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