Monday Night Football: Chargers Start Tough Three Game Stretch at Chiefs

Frank Doyle | Updated Oct 31, 2011


Tonight could be the beginning of a really bad eleven days for the Chargers. Frank Doyle reports.

San Diego is a three point NFL betting road favorite on Monday Night Football tonight in Kansas City, but nobody knows more than the Chargers themselves just how perilous their situation is.

Halloween 2011 has been an appropriate time for shock results in the NFL and tonight the Chiefs could start an eleven-day furlough in Hell for the Chargers. Although the Chargers are road favorites at Arrowhead San Diego has not been playing well at all this year, while the Chiefs have recovered from an 0-3 start to win three straight and suggest that maybe they won’t hand over the AFC West title without a fight after all.

San Diego, by contrast, has been struggling. Philip Rivers has long been considered one of the league’s elite quarterbacks but seven touchdowns and nine interceptions tell their own story.

Two of those interceptions came in the second half of a painful loss to the Jets last Sunday. Jets coach Rex Ryan called out Chargers coach Norv Turner before the game and then went and rubbed Turner’s nose in it. Ryan apologized for his remarks as soon as he made them but Turner’s reaction to Ryan suggested the fat man had hit a nerve. Imagine how much that nerve twinged when the Chargers went down at the Jets last Sunday.

They’re not talking about it, but the Chargers are facing into some really tough games in the next ten days. After tonight’s game the Chargers are at Green Bay on Sunday, which is only the best team in the League, and they then follow that with a huge home game against Oakland on Thursday night. That’s three monster games in eleven days. They’ll need their helmets strapped on tight for them all.

Tonight the Chiefs will look to ride Jackie Battle, the running back from Humble, Texas, and keep Rivers off the field for as long as possible. The Chiefs have only beaten the Chargers twice in the past ten games, and some of those defeats have been blowouts. But if momentum counts for anything, Kansas City will give San Diego all it can handle at Arrowhead Stadium tonight.