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Open Thread: Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers, First Half

The 1-6 Kansas City Chiefs travel west to take on a struggling San Diego Chargers team in a game that could determine the future for both coaching staffs.

Stephen Dunn

The San Diego Chargers sit at a crossroads. They're one game out of first place, but has lost four of their last five games in embarrassing fashion. Their superstars aren't playing well, their veterans aren't playing well and their rookies haven't seen much of the field. Three straight wins would put them right back in the driver's seat of the AFC West, but a loss tonight could spell the end of their season. This game could not be more important to the 2012 Chargers or their Head Coach, Norv Turner.

The Kansas City Chiefs finished the 2010 season 10-6, champions of the AFC West. After suffering some major injuries in 2011, they sunk down to 7-9. Now that the talent has returned, the team is off to a 1-6 start and seems lost. However, with most of the players from that 2010 season still around, they could get their feet under them and go on a run themselves.

The Chiefs are unquestionably the worst team in the league. However, the Cleveland Browns were considered one of the league's weakest teams before beating San Diego last Sunday. Another loss like that, this time to a division rival, would likely bring an immediate end to the Norv Turner era in San Diego.

Did I stress how important this game is for the Chargers? Really important.