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Five Keys: Chargers at Chiefs
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Here are five keys to the game heading into Sunday’s season opener between the San Diego Chargers and Kansas City:
“I’m definitely excited to play against the Chiefs again and go back to Arrowhead. It will definitely be fun. Those fans get loud. And to go against Marcus Peters, he plays the quarterback really well and has good ball skills. If I’m not on my game, he’ll make me pay.”
“Maclin is a good receiver. He is physical at the line of scrimmage, but I’m looking forward to the matchup. He was tough last year. He likes to battle, and I really like his game. What stands out is how he is a physical receiver, and Alex Smith is really consistent in what he does with him.”
“We’ve got to tackle better. We’ve got to tackle as a unit and we’ve got to get those guys down on the ground. They are both great runners where they have great balance, strong lower bodies; they remind you a little bit of BO Oliver….One is more of the inside type of slasher, and the other has the potential to get it to the edge. I think they are both great backs. I think they are a great one-two combo for the things that they do. They have great balance.”
“We’re definitely trotting a different offense out there. Obviously we have Keenan healthy and we have Melvin (Gordon) healthy. We’re different up front in the sense that it’s a (new) center, and I don’t even remember where we were at that point in the shuffle last year. You throw in Travis (Benjamin), Tyrell (Williams) and Dontrelle (Inman), with (Antonio) Gates and Hunter Henry; we’re certainly a different team as well than we were when we went in there last year and played them at home. But we scored six points all of last year. I believe in our defense, but I believe it will take more than a field goal to win. So we have to certainly play better than we have the past two times against them.”
“It’s one of the best in the whole NFL. It’s arguably as loud as any place; Seattle is the only one that comes to mind that you can argue is louder. But it’s awesome. To me it’s old school, NFL atmosphere. They have great fans and it’s a great place to play.”
Head Coach Mike McCoy backed up Rivers’ assertion
“Arrowhead is one of the great stadiums in all of sports. Their fan support, tradition, history; you’ve got to go in there and play your best because if you don’t you’re not going to be able to hear. So you’ve got to go in there and perform at a certain level. You just love their fan support. It’s a great place to play.”