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Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Kansas City Chiefs: Three things

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Three things Kansas City needs to work on this week in preparation for Monday’s opener against visiting San Diego:

Feed off the energy: Kansas City is going to be rocking. Monday night games in Kansas City are rare these days and this is the first regular-season game at the renovated Arrowhead Stadium. Add that there is legitimate intrigue about this team and the atmosphere is going to be special. The Chiefs have to be prepared to take advantage of the excitement and strike early, showing the Chargers they are in for a tough night.

Rush the passer: One way of slowing down San Diego star quarterback Philip Rivers is to put pressure on him. The question is can the Chiefs do it? They’ve had trouble getting to quarterbacks the past two years. However, the Chiefs did show some ability in the area late in the preseason. Linebackers Tamba Hali, Demorrio Williams and Andy Studebaker must work to make Rivers uncomfortable.

Run it down their throats: Kansas City potentially has something special in the running game with Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones. They have the chance to wear teams down and really set the tone for a lot of Kansas City victories. The book on San Diego has been that they can be beaten in the running game. That’s how the Jets knocked them out of the playoffs last year. if the Chiefs have a chance to win this game, it will be because the running game dominates the game.