NFL PREVIEW: KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (11-4) AT SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (8-7)
December 25, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (11-4) AT SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (8-7)
CHIEFS: KC (11) is tied with Miami (2008) & Indianapolis (2012) for most wins by team that won 2 or fewer games in previous season…On road in 2013, QB ALEX SMITH has completed 134 of 222 passes (60.4 pct.) for 287 yards with 11 TDs vs. 1 INT & 94.6 rating. Has career-high 3,313 passing yards in 2013. Had 3 TDs vs. 1 INT & 106.7 rating in last game vs. SD. Smith (431) has most rush yards in season by Chiefs QB in club history…RB JAMAAL CHARLES (1,287) aims to lead AFC in rushing for 2nd consecutive season. Needs 20 scrimmage yards to become 3rd player in Chief annals to reach 2,000-yard mark. Has NFL-best 19 total TDs (12 rush, 7 rec.). Has 11 TDs in past 5 (6 rush, 5 rec.)…Last week, WR DWAYNE BOWE (6,401) surpassed CARLOS CARSON (6,360) for 4th-most rec. yards in club history…Allow AFC-low 18.5 points per game in 2013…Have 11 return TDs in 2013, most in NFL…LB TAMBA HALI (11) has registered 10+ sacks for 3rd time in career…S ERIC BERRY has 3.5 sacks in 2013, tied for most among NFL DBs…
CHARGERS: Seek 1st postseason appearance since 2009…Have won 3 consecutive games, longest active streak in AFC…QB PHILIP RIVERS (4,249) is 6th player in NFL history to register 5 4,000-yard seasons. In past 3 vs. KC, Rivers is 3-0 & has completed 63 of 82 passes (76.8 pct.) for 821 yards with 7 TDs vs. 2 INTs & 126.1 rating. Has 29-6 (.828) career record in Dec…RB RYAN MATHEWS (1,111) needs 89 rush yards to become 1st Charger to reach 1,200 rush yards since LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON in 2007 (1,474). Has 99+ rush yards & rush TD in each of past 3…TE ANTONIO GATES (9,162) needs 42 yards to surpass HOFer CHARLIE JOINER (9,203) for 2nd-most rec. yards in team history. Has 13 career TD rec. vs. Chiefs, most against any team…Rookie WR KEENAN ALLEN (66) has most rec. by Chargers rookie. Allen (957) needs 45 rec. yards for club rookie record (JOHN JEFFERSON, 1,001 in 1978). Has 5 TDs in past 3…TE LADARIUS GREEN had 60-yard TD rec. in last game vs. KC…S ERIC WEDDLE leads club with 91 tackles in 2013.