KC Chiefs Need to Come After Philip Rivers: Fan Take

Philip Rivers(notes) is a quarterback with an image problem. NFL News speculates the play caller of the San Diego Chargers is having some kind of unspecified injury based upon his numbers. Rivers has nine interceptions and only seven touchdowns. Yet somehow, the Chargers are 4-2 and lead the AFC West going into a clash with their rivals the Kansas City Chiefs. Rivers will play a game in hostile territory at Arrowhead Stadium Oct. 31.

Philip Rivers.
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First place in the AFC West is on the line and one of the keys to the game is going to be how the Chiefs handle Rivers. Sackmaster Tamba Hali(notes) hasn't had a big game yet. He had two sacks against the Minnesota Vikings Oct. 2 at home. Last year's 14 sacks was one of the tops in the NFL. Hali needs to get going against the Chargers.

A much-improved secondary with Brandon Flowers(notes) and Brandon Carr(notes) at both cornerback positions should put Rivers under a lot of pressure. The Chiefs had six interceptions against the Oakland Raiders Oct. 23. Flowers had one for a touchdown.

The Washington Post states Carr and Flowers have been working together a lot since joining the Chiefs as rookies in 2008. Their improvement on the season and in their careers will go a long way towards winning an AFC West title.

Rivers' favorite target is Vincent Jackson(notes). He hasn't scored a touchdown in two games and has three all year. Jackson has over 100 yards more receiving than anyone else on the Chargers.

The kicking game has been a bright spot for San Diego. Nick Novak(notes) hasn't missed yet and is 11-for-11 on field goals. He's only had three kicks beyond 40 yards. The Chiefs need to keep the Chargers offense off the field. Keeping San Diego on their half of midfield would be great since Novak seems to be able to make every kick.

Whether Rivers' troubles are due to an injury or just because he's not that great of a player doesn't matter. The Chiefs need to get to him now that they are more confident in their game plan and the personnel on the field. Rushing Rivers to get more picks will be the key to the Chiefs defense.

William Browning is a fan of the Kansas City Chiefs after latching on to the team during the lean years of St. Louis football. Born in the gateway city, he is also a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan. He currently resides in Branson, Mo.

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Updated Friday, Oct 28, 2011