Tyler Thigpen was the catalyst for Kansas City's surprisingly strong outing, completing 27-of-41 passes (65.9 percent) for 266 yards and three touchdowns. It'll take a similar effort on Sunday to earn Kansas City its third victory of the season.
"It was nice, already seeing them one time this year, so we kind of know what they want to do," said Thigpen of the Chargers. "The disadvantage is they know what we want to do. From an offensive standpoint, it's nice to know what your defenses are and things like that."
QB Tyler Thigpen
"Usually a defensive coordinator tries to stay true to his roots, in that aspect. They're trying to incorporate more of the 4-3 into their defense, but it's tough when they have 3-4 personnel," Thigpen said. "We'll have to see and we'll have to adjust on the fly on Sunday."
San Diego is playing its best defense as of late. The Chargers forced three turnovers against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 13 before coming up with four takeaways and three sacks versus the Oakland Raiders.
Ron Rivera will attempt to bring that same brand of pressure to Arrowhead Stadium. The plan is to force Thigpen into quick throws and even quicker decisions. Unfortunately, Thigpen's hot read is TE Tony Gonzalez, a player the Chargers have failed to stop with any consistency.
"He's always asking me, or telling me things that he's thinking, so that helps me as a young quarterback," said Thigpen of Gonzalez. "Whether it's about a pass route or it's about something else, you know, outside of football. He's always trying to help, not necessarily me, but any other person that could use the help, as well."
Gonzalez, who holds the league records for more career receptions and receiving yards by a tight end, ate up the Chargers in Week 10. He finished with 10 catches for 113 yards and two TDs, establishing season-highs in all three categories.
If the Chargers can't derail the Thigpen-to-Gonzalez connection, the Denver Broncos will be crowned AFC West Champions before they even kick off their afternoon game with the Carolina Panthers.
Michael Lombardo is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and a long-time contributor to the Scout.com network. His analysis has been published by the NFL Network, Fox Sports and MySpace Sports. He has followed the Chargers for more than 15 years and covered the team since 2003.