San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs: Fan Preview

The Kansas City Chiefs host the San Diego Chargers Halloween night Oct. 31. It will be a scary good game for either team as first place in the AFC West will be on the line. San Diego comes into the game 4-2 while the Chiefs are 3-3. The Oakland Raiders are idle while the Denver Broncos host the Detroit Lions Oct. 30.

Matt Cassel in early 2010.
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The Chiefs and Chargers have met once before this season, a 20-17 victory for the Chargers in California. That was the last game Kansas City lost. The Chiefs were driving for a score when quarterback Matt Cassel(notes) threw an interception.

Meanwhile the Chargers are struggling to compete against better competition. Their four victories are all against teams currently with losing records, the Chiefs being the exception. San Diego lost to the New England Patriots by 14 points Sept. 18 and then to the New York Jets by six Oct. 23.

The game on Monday Night Football has the potential to vault the victor to an eventual AFC West title. Should Denver lose and Kansas City win, the top three teams in the AFC West will all have the same record and a two game lead over the Broncos.

The game will also serve as a launching point for upcoming games for both clubs. San Diego is ready for a brutal part of its schedule when the team hosts the Green Bay Packers and then Oakland. After that, the Chargers travel to Chicago. A win against the Chiefs may help them with a victory before three potential losses.

The Chiefs will go in the opposite direction . The easier of their remaining games happen in the weeks right after their game with San Diego. Kansas City hosts the Miami Dolphins and then Denver before traveling to New England. A win for the Chiefs could lead to a 6-3 record before five tough games through November and December.

The Chiefs should win this game, but they have to stop quarterback Philip Rivers(notes). He had a bad game against the Jets with only 179 yards passing and a quarterback rating of 51.4. Both were season lows for him.

The way the secondary of Kansas City has been playing, Rivers may be a non-factor. They disrupted the already tenuous passing game of the Raiders during a 28-0 victory Oct. 23 that saw six interceptions by Kansas City. If they keep that up, the Chargers won't come out of Arrowhead with a victory.

William Browning is a fan of the Kansas City Chiefs after latching on to the team during the lean years of St. Louis football. Born in the gateway city, he is also a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan. He currently resides in Branson, Mo.

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Updated Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011