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Chiefs Secondary Will Be Tested In Los Angeles

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Kansas City Takes On The Chargers In Week Four

The Kansas City Chiefs (2-0) travel to Los Angeles to take on the Chargers (0-2) for the first time since their offseason move. Kansas City has not lost to a division foe since 2015. After finishing 6-0 in the division last year, the Chiefs will take their 11-game division win streak into Los Angeles. The Chiefs are off to a hot start after defeating two good opponents in the Patriots and Eagles. The Chargers, however, are two kicks away from being 2-0. The Chiefs secondary will be tested on Sunday with Keenan Allen back in the line-up for the Chargers. Here is more on that and other key storylines to watch for.

Chiefs Secondary Will Be Tested Against Chargers

The last time the Chiefs faced Keenan Allen on the field, he had six receptions for 63 yards in the first half. Allen tore his ACL and the Chargers lost him for the rest of the year. In the first half of last year’s game, Allen continuously beat Peters on quick slants. Perhaps the most interesting part of the Peters vs Allen matchup is the remarks Allen made last year about Peters via Twitter. It will be interesting to see if Peters gives cushion like he normally does. Peters and the secondary will need to stiffen up this week as they have already allowed 600 yards passing this season.

Rushing Attack

Part of the reason the Chiefs have had early season success has been their ability to use their running backs. Kareem Hunt has already run for 229 yards with an average 7.9 yards-per-carry. In week two against the Eagles, Hunt put up 81 yards on the ground. Of those yards, 62 were after contact. According to Pro Football Focus, Hunt leads all backs with an 87.1 grade. Hunt has gained 131 of his 229 yards after contact. The Chargers rank 26th in the league against the run this season; allowing an average of 125.5 yards-per-game. Hunt can continue his early season success against the questionable run defense of LA.

Defense Line And Getting Pressure On Rivers

One main focus for the Chiefs during the offseason was getting the pass rush back to elite. In the last two seasons, the Chiefs most elite pass rusher missed 16 games due to an ailing knee injury. Houston is healthy now and is currently responsible for three of the Chiefs nine sacks. Another guy, however, also has three sacks. His name is Chris Jones, and he is a rising superstar. After recovering from offseason knee surgery, Jones was quiet throughout camp and in week one. He bounced back in week two though, totaling three sacks, two forced fumbles, and an interception. His superb performance earned him AFC defensive player of the week in week two. The Chiefs know that to beat Rivers, he needs to have pressure in his face. Kansas City will look to continue their pass rushing success in week three.

Kansas City has done a tremendous job against AFC West opponents the last two years. The Chiefs can tie a franchise record of 12 straight with a win Sunday. Andy Reid and company look to continue their success with a strong run game and Alex Smith performing at a high level. The offensive line will need to be much better this week as they’re going up against one of the best pass-rushing duos in the league with Bosa and Ingram. Peters and the Chiefs secondary will be tested against Keenan Allen and the Chargers, but the Chiefs are looking to continue their division dominance, and it starts Sunday with the Chargers.