Chiefs have no answer for Gates

It was in Week Eight that San Diego tight end Antonio Gates had his way with the Chiefs defense.

Going anywhere he wanted and snagging 10 passes for 145 yards and three touchdowns in the Chargers' 28-20 win at Qualcomm Stadium, Gates took KC rookie linebacker Derrick Johnson to school that day.

Saturday, we'll find what Johnson learned from the experience as he plays his role in the team effort essential to contain a weapon like Gates.

"We've got to play hard-nosed football with him," Johnson said. "We've got to get a good jam on him at the line; throw his timing off. We've got to be rough with him at the line of scrimmage, because when he gets beyond (the legal contact zone), you don't dare put your hands on him.

"You've got to try to stop him at the beginning of a play, because if you don't, it's hard to cover him."

Johnson knows that Gates, who in his last two games against the Chiefs has 17 catches for 237 yards and five touchdowns, has the basketball player's ability to go up and grab any ball that's thrown in his vicinity. He's going to get his catches.

"He's going to make his plays, because he's a great player," Johnson said. "You just don't want him making the plays that win the game."


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