Nobody would have thought the Chiefs would find themselves in this position heading into week 8 of the NFL season after losing Tony Moeaki, Jamaal Charles and Eric Berry to season-ending ACL injuries earlier in the year. It was the Chiefs first game against San Diego in San Diego a few weeks ago that the team looked as if they were starting to come together.
They had a chance late in the game before a Matt Cassel attempted screen pass was intercepted by Chargers' safety, Eric Weddle. That may have moved the team to 0-3 on the season, but the 20-17 loss to the Chargers was much easier for Chiefs' fans to see improvement over the 89-10 combined score of their first two games against the Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions.
The Chiefs have consecutive games against the Miami Dolphins and Denver Broncos following their matchup with the Chargers on Monday Night. That's two winnable games that could lead the Chiefs to a 6-3 record if they're able to beat the Chargers this week. If the Chiefs are serious about defending their AFC West title this season than they absolutely must win these next three games because the schedule is only going to get more in late November to mid December. The Chiefs will face the New England Patriots, Chicago Bears, New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers later in the season. They must capitalize on games against Denver, Miami and San Diego-this week.