CHARGERS (0-2) VS. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (2-0)
When Chargers have the ball
It’s a little baffling that the Chargers have been unable to get Melvin Gordon and the rushing attack into a rhythm through the first two games, considering coach Anthony Lynn’s pedigree. Against Miami, the Chargers took to the air to get Gordon involved, and maybe that forces Kansas City to thin out up front. When Philip Rivers goes back to pass, he’ll have to keep an eye on Justin Houston, one of the best pass rushers in the league. Houston has three sacks already and should be a big test for the Chargers’ offensive line, which will miss backup tackle Chris Hairston. A consistent rushing attack should keep Kansas City from being able to unleash the defense at Rivers. Antonio Gates and Hunter Henry had nearly 100 yards and a pair of touchdowns combined in the team’s most recent meeting, and Lynn would love to have them play a big role in the game plan. Keenan Allen could be the X-factor, as he’s made it no secret that he enjoys matching up against Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters. Before suffering a knee injury against the Chiefs in the season opener last season, Allen got the better of the Pro Bowl corner.