Gridiron Gab Week Nine Preview – Kansas City at San Diego

Week nine starts off with an AFC West battle between two teams that could really use a victory as the Chiefs play the Chargers.

San Diego has been struggling as of late, losing three in a row, and last week they fell in Cleveland 7-6 after coming off the bye week.

The Chiefs have been bad all year, as they are the worst team in the league in our Power Rankings this week, right now 1-6 and fading fast.

Kansas City is in danger of losing five straight for the first time since Nov. 29-Dec. 27, 2009. Coming off a 26-16 home loss to Oakland on Sunday, the Chiefs are the first team since at least 1940 to go their first seven games without holding a lead in regulation. Their only win came in overtime, 27-24 at New Orleans on Sept. 23.

“When you lose, it gets tough on you, mentally, you know?” Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said. “You wonder about who you played, what you could have done differently, why things are happening the way they’re happening. You get down a little bit. We have to get them to put this behind us.”

The Chiefs will turn back to Matt Cassel at quarterback after Brady Quinn took a blow to the head against the Raiders. Crennel said Tuesday that doctors have not cleared Quinn to practice, so Cassel will be the starter and Ricky Stanzi the backup.

The Chiefs have an NFL-high 25 turnovers and their passer rating is a league-low 64.4.

Kansas City needs Jamaal Charles to get back on track after he ran five times for four yards versus Oakland. Charles averaged 110.2 rushing yards the first five games, but has been held to 44 on 17 carries in the last two.

He recorded 111 total yards and two TDs against the Chargers in September. Cassel threw for 251 with two TDs and three picks in that contest.

The Chargers need to find out why they have been so poor on offense as of late. Robert Meachem blew a long TD last week that could have won them the game vs Cleveland, and their running game was average at best vs the Browns.

SD could finally get the offense going this week, as the Chiefs allow 29.9 points per contest and have lost eight of 10 to San Diego – including four straight at Qualcomm Stadium. Philip Rivers threw for 209 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in a 37-20 win at Kansas City on Sept. 30.

Rivers has completed 62.3 percent of his passes but thrown seven TDs and nine picks while going 6-1 at home versus Kansas City. After throwing four interceptions against the Broncos, he was 18 of 34 for a season-low 154 yards at Cleveland.

Look for the Bolts to finally get things going Thursday, and they will, taking their record back to .500 with a big home win.

San Diego 27 Kansas City 14



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