For the first two weeks of the season, the Chiefs looked like possibly the worst team in the league. They trailed 24-6 last week vs the Saints in New Orleans, and suddenly, everything changed.
But Jamaal Charles ripped off a franchise record-long 91-yard touchdown run, and the Chiefs woke up and eventually fought back for a huge OT win in the Superdome over the Saints 27-24.
“Games like this can build momentum throughout a season,” said receiver Steve Breaston. “Being able to win a game like that brings a team together.”
Charles, who had three yards on six carries at Buffalo in Week 2, finished with 233 yards on 33 carries in New Orleans. He had 288 total yards, joining Jim Brown as the only players to have 225 yards rushing and 50 yards receiving in the same game.
This week at home they will look to keep up the momentum, as they take on a struggling Chargers team coming off a bad home loss to the red hot Falcons 27-3 in a game they would rather forget.
“You never want to play like we did (Sunday), but when you do, you definitely have to learn from it and get to the next game because there’s no waiting around and feeling sorry for yourself,” Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers said. “It’s a new week, and we know how important it is to win division games. We’re headed into Kansas City, and we have to go in there and win that game.”
The Bolts were 2-0 to start the season before the setback Sunday to the Falcons, and while a win and they are right back to being a solid force in the AFC West at 3-1, a loss and they will be reeling.
Since Norv Turner took over in 2007, the Chargers are 19-20 in September and October and 32-12 in November and beyond, but it seemed those early issues were a thing of the past after it outscored Oakland and Tennessee by a combined 60-24.
Nothing went right vs the Falcons, as the Bolts had four turnovers, and only 24 minutes of possession against the Falcons. RB Ryan Mathews was back from a broken collarbone, but lost a fumble and will look to recover this week.
The Chiefs will look to run against the Chiefs like the Falcons did, and with Charles coming off a huge game, the Chiefs game plan will have much of the look of the Falcons – control the ball and put pressure on Rivers.
Look for the Chargers to get back to basics this week, with Rivers looking to go downfield against a young Chiefs secondary. He will look to get the ball to WR Malcolm Floyd, who has had good games in the past vs KC.
These are two teams that know each other well, and it will come down to the team that does the little things right.
It will be the home team in this case.
Kansas City 23 San Diego 20