Chargers Hope to Rebound in Kansas City

The San Diego Chargers were probably feeling pretty good about themselves after winning their first two games. But they certainly were not feeling very good last Sunday night, after getting their lunch crammed back in their faces by the Atlanta Falcons.

The Bolts will look to bounce back when they visit the Kansas City Chiefs for an AFC West rivalry game Sunday afternoon (1 pm Eastern, CBS).

A Nice Start Spoiled?

San Diego had gotten off to a good start to this season, winning a divisional game at Oakland 22-14 in Week 1, then coming home and trouncing Tennessee 38-10. But last Sunday the Chargers were almost never even in the game in a 27-3 loss to the Falcons.

San Diego fell behind 20-0 at halftime and never really threatened to make things competitive. Atlanta held the ball for over 36 minutes, while the Chargers turned it over four times in a most disappointing performance.

Still, at 2-1, San Diego sits alone in first place in the AFC West, where everybody else is 1-2.

The Chiefs: Just the Opposite

Kansas City has played just the opposite of San Diego this season. The Chiefs lost their season opener at home 40-24 to that Atlanta outfit, then dropped a 35-17 decision at Buffalo. And last week, at New Orleans, KC trailed 24-6 in the third quarter and appeared headed for an 0-3 start.

But the Chiefs got a 91-yard touchdown bolt from Jamaal Charles, a safety on a sack in the end zone and three field goals from Ryan Succop, the last with three seconds left, to send the game to OT. Eight minutes into the extra period Succop hit another FG to send KC home with a 27-24 victory.

The Chiefs took a hit, though, last Sunday when starting C Rodney Hudson suffered a broken bone in his leg. He's out for the year, to be replaced by guard Ryan Lilja, who himself will be replaced by a rookie.

Chargers-Chiefs: A Little History

San Diego trails the all-time series between these two original AFL franchises 52-51-1, but has won seven of the last nine. Last year these teams split their two games, each team winning by a field goal on its home field. But the Chargers have lost the last two games at Arrowhead, and fell in overtime last year at KC after QB Phil Rivers fumbled a snap as San Diego readied to kick a game-winning FG at the end of regulation.

What's Really Important: The Betting Lines

The NFL odds boards tell us the Chargers are favored by one point for Sunday's game at KC, with a total of 44. That total started off at 46 at many places, but has been bet down.

September 29, 2012

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