Hello, San Diego! As the Chiefs and Chargers begin to prepare for their upcoming faceoff, we fans have the opportunity to find out a bit more about each other's teams. Both teams are coming off losses, but not all losses are equal. The Chargers lost a tough game to perhaps the best team in the NFL, the Patriots. It's never fun to lose, but it's understandable when the loss is on the road to a team like New England.
The Chiefs also lost on the road, and while there's no question that the Lions are an up and coming franchise, they aren't yet the caliber of the Patriots. More to the point, the Chiefs didn't simply lose, they were hammered, pounded and left for all but dead. To add injury to insult, the Chiefs lost one of the best RB's in the game, Jamaal Charles, to a season-ending torn ACL. That's on top of the loss of Pro-Bowl Safety Eric Berry in Week 1 and last year's "super rookie" Tight End Tony Moeaki in preseason. Another notable loss was Brandon Siler, a name familiar to Chargers fans.
As the rivalry renews, a lot of questions are swirling around, perhaps not the least of which is the situation with Chiefs Head Coach Todd Haley, who is rumored to be on the "hot seat" for now. A win this weekend would go a long ways to buying Haley plenty of time, as well as a long ways to restoring some badly needed confidence among the Chiefs players. A loss, on the other hand? Difficult to judge, but suffice it to say that things could get ugly sooner rather than later.
For now, though, and up until kickoff this Sunday, it's time to ask questions, give answers and share our thoughs about our respective teams. As always, let's hope it's a great game, an exciting game and an injury-free game.
*Editor's Note: Yeah, I know it's probably the wrong color helmet ... but hey, at least it's facing the right way.