SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: Takeo Spikes #51 of the San Diego Chargers tries to give a high-five to kicker Ryan Succop #6 of the Kansas City Chiefs after Succops field goal miss during their NFL Game on September 25, 2011 at Qualcomm Stadium in San DIego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
If other Chiefs opponents have had issues with their conditioning against Kansas City, then the Chargers might just be the next victim to follow suit.
If you take the description of the San Diego Chargers from Mike Lombardi seriously, then you realize the Kansas City Chiefs have a good chance to take the division lead next Monday night. Then again, perhaps you believed that already. Regardless, if you're a Chiefs fan, then Lombardi's take on the Chargers game versus the New York Jets on Sunday is music to your ears, since Lombardi finds multiple issues in San Diego's game.
Lombardi writes, "This game has to scare Chargers fans. The defense was not able to get after Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez or control of the line of scrimmage in the run game. The Chargers also looked slow on defense. Takeo Spikes might help with leadership, but he is slow and struggles to make plays in space. I've always believed that when a team's inside or middle linebacker isn't fast, the entire defense follows suit. The Chargers show those signs"
If the Chiefs are learning how to use their receiving corps more and more each week, that might spell trouble for a slow Chargers defense. Dwayne Bowe, Steve Breaston and Jon Baldwin are all going to find ways to get open as the game moves on and if other Chiefs opponents have had issues with their conditioning against Kansas City, then the Chargers might just be the next victim to follow suit.