Kansas City Chiefs: Keenan Allen scary factor in game vs Chargers

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The Kansas City Chiefs will play the Los Angeles Chargers this weekend and only one player from the opposing team scares me. That player is Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen.

In week one of the 2016 season, the Kansas City Chiefs hosted the San Diego Chargers at Arrowhead Stadium. The first half of the game was a disaster for Kansas City, as the Chargers marched down the field on every drive and scored. It was 21-3 at half time.

Part of why the Chargers were doing so well in that first half was because of the connection that Philip Rivers had with wide receiver Keenan Allen. Allen was smoking the Chiefs secondary (namely Marcus Peters) all half long and I think a lot of people have forgotten that.

Were it not for an injury that took Allen out of the game and ended his season, the Chiefs more than likely don’t stop the Chargers and therefore, they don’t win that game in historic fashion. The Los Angeles Chargers might not be a scary team as a whole, but them having Keenan Allen back terrifies me.

Rivers and Allen had figured out a way to beat Peters.

Before getting injured and eventually taken off the field on a cart, Allen had been targeted seven times by Rivers. He caught six of those passes for 63 yards and was averaging ten yards per reception. Peters was clearly frustrated trying to cover Allen and that’s worrisome heading into this game.

Look, Peters is a great cornerback. In fact, he’s one of the best in the league, but in that game, his weaknesses shone through. Rivers and Allen had figured out a way to beat Peters and if that happens again on Sunday, the Chiefs are toast.

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The Chargers may be in Los Angeles now, but that doesn’t change the fact that when healthy, Keenan Allen is a force to be reckoned with. That showed too, as he dealt Marcus Peters fits all game long until he was forced out of the game.

Allen has been a talented receiver during his time in the league, but injuries have plagued his career. Last year, he had just the one game against Kansas City and in 2015, he only played in eight games. Allen has yet to play a full 16 games for the Chargers during his five-year career.

Allen has had just one 1,000 yard receiving season on his resumé and it came in 2013 when he was a rookie. He had 1,046 yards and eight touchdowns in 15 games that year.

If Keenan Allen is truly healthy, however, he has the ability to torch the KC Chiefs secondary in Los Angeles this weekend. That should be a scary thought for any Kansas City Chiefs fan heading into this weekend’s game.

What do you think, Chiefs fans? Are you as afraid of Keenan Allen as I am or should there be no reason to worry?