2012 NFL Week 9 Preview: Kansas City Chiefs vs. San Diego Chargers

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If you folks in the North East can find a working TV, give yourselves a break from the mundane task of drying off and cleaning up and treat yourself to a football game. Getting your mind off things for three hours can’t possibly hurt…

Things have changed since these two divisional foes met a month ago. At the end of that match up, the Chargers walked off the field with their head held high, knowing that they had finished off the first quarter of the season with a 3-1 record. Now, they go into the rematch with the Chiefs, hoping to not go 0 for 4 over the second quarter of the season. Coming off three straight losses, it would appear that we are in the midst of the yearly, San Diego collapse.

In the previous meeting the ball bounced San Diego’s way. Matt Cassel threw 3 picks, including one that bounced off his target and went directly to the defender, who promptly returned it for a touchdown. Jamaal Charles fumbled twice inside his only 30 yard line and Shaun Draughn chipped in a fumble of his own.

San Diego will struggle to protect Philip Rivers against Justin Houston (6 sacks) and Tamba Hali (4 sacks) in this match up. The Chargers have been hit with blow after blow to this offensive line since the preseason.  Rivers hasn’t had great chemistry with his new receivers this year. To make matters worse, he may be without both of them, as Eddie Royal and Robert Meachem are suffering from hamstring injuries during this short week. He’s only thrown 1 touchdown to his primary target, Malcolm Floyd, this year.

The team has signed Danario Alexander and Seyi Ajirotutu within the last week and both could play a bigger role than expected. The team also signed wide receiver, Tori Gurley to the practice squad. That move may have been made in anticipation of the team calling up Mike Willie or Kashif Moore to the active roster, if Royal and Meachem can’t go. Regardless, it seems that Rivers will have some new faces to throw to and that hasn’t been a recipe for success for him this season.

Kansas City Chiefs (1-6-0)+ 8.0San Diego Chargers (3-4-0)

If Royal is out, the special teams could suffer even more, seeing how the team’s star returner, Richard Goodman, is already out. The Chiefs should keep this close and if they actually feed the ball to Jamaal Charles and keep the turnovers to a minimum, an upset wouldn’t be that surprising. Take the Chiefs +8

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