Monday Night Football: San Diego Chargers @ Kansas City Chiefs

The AFC West has long been the red-headed stepchild of its conference, what for the whackiness in Oakland and the diva drama that was Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall, and Josh McDaniels in Denver in recent years, there has been one consistent bass beat thumping away in that division in recent years:

The San Diego Chargers

The Chargers have not, as I’ve said before, had a great season on the field.  Sure, they hold a 4-2 record and lead their division, but it’s been somewhat ugly.  Look back to the end of the game vs. the Jets in the 2 minute drill and you’ll understand what I’m saying.  Philip Rivers is having one of his worst seasons and Antonio Gates has missed significant time with a chronic foot injury.  Ryan Mathews has been a bright spot.  The defense ranks 4th over and has seemingly played pretty well, but even that is deceiving as they rank 21st against the run and we all know that if you don’t stop the run, you won’t winning for very long.  Now, plop this team back in Arrowhead Stadium and see what you get.  You get a rematch of a MNF game in week 1 last year in which weather played a factor, and set the tone for the Chiefs to have a successful 10-6 season.

The Chiefs this season have been mediocre at best.  A 3-3 record is good for their division, but getting a win tonight would go a long way toward helping make the playoffs again and prove to the rest of the nation that last year wasn’t a fluke.  Matt Cassel has been inconsistent, and the running game is sluggish ever since Jamal Charles ended up on crutches for the rest of the season.

Tonight’s game could very well be a slugfest.  The Chiefs defense is banged up, but will be pumped up to stop a high-powered offensive in a very loud Arrowhead.  Rivers and the gang will look to throw more coal on their locomotive and use every weapon they have jump out to a quick lead and show that they can shake the Halloween cobwebs out of their heads (or Jughead in Rivers case).

In a game that may come down to the wire:

Chargers 23 – Chiefs 21