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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Where is the Chiefs' pass rush?

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  • It was built up, built up and built up some more, but last Sunday night’s Chiefs-Broncos game was pretty ugly. The Chiefs’ offense did score 17 points, but I’m not really sure how they did after watching that game. Even the Broncos’ offense wasn’t as smooth as usual, but it was more than enough to hold off the Chiefs. Manning got the ball out quickly as expected and wasn’t really touched by a Kansas City defender all night. The good news for the Chiefs: The Chargers come to Arrowhead on Sunday. San Diego is 4-6 after losing three in a row. But all of them were close just like all of Kansas City’s games seem to be. The Chargers are right in the thick of the AFC Wild Card race, so it won’t be an easy one for the Chiefs. The Chiefs have used huge defensive plays to get wins, but the pass rush has failed them recently. Kansas City has not recorded a sack in the last two games, and only had one three weeks ago against Cleveland. Phillip Rivers has proven to be a quarterback that can make plays and win games, but he also gives the ball up a lot. Pressure put on by Kansas City will force the needed turnovers to give the Chiefs a win, but Rivers can carve up defenses up with time to throw. Rivers has actually kept turnovers down well this season. He threw 15 interceptions and fumbled it 13 times last season, but only has eight interceptions and one fumble so far in 2013. It’s the inconsistent performances that lead to losses for the Chargers, and a fierce Chiefs pass rush can cause that.
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