Kansas City Chiefs Have Momentum Going into Sunday vs. Chargers

Farzin VousoughianContributor IIISeptember 29, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - SEPTEMBER 23:  Jamaal Charles #25 of the Kansas City Chiefs takes a hand off from Matt Cassel #7 during a game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 23, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Following an embarrassing loss to the Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs fans let it be known that they were not happy with the front office. From owner Clark Hunt, to general manager Scott Pioli, and head coach Romeo Crennel, fans wanted the team to be run differently.

Even though the New Orleans Saints shared some commonalities with the Chiefs as an 0-2 team who give up 75 points in two weeks, Chiefs fans were not optimistic going into the third game of the season.

The Saints took a 24-6 lead shortly after Matt Cassel's interception late in the third quarter. But the Chiefs refused to throw in the towel.

Jamaal Charles' 91-yard rushing touchdown electrified the team on the sidelines. The Chiefs continued fighting in the fourth quarter with three field goals from Ryan Succop and a safety from the defense.

The Chiefs' defense shut down Saints' quarterback Drew Brees, not allowing a single first down in the fourth quarter and overtime period. This eventually allowed Succop to make his sixth field goal in overtime for his career, to pick up their first win of the season.

Meanwhile, the top tier of the AFC West experienced a setback.

Peyton Manning and the Broncos don't appear to be the dominant team everyone outlined them to be.

The San Diego Chargers suffered a big setback at home against the Atlanta Falcons with a 27-3 loss, trailing 20-0 at halftime. Philip Rivers had season-lows in completions, passing yards, completion percentage and touchdowns.

Coming to Arrowhead Stadium, the Chiefs hold a 1-2 record as they host the Chargers, who are 2-1.

Just last week, San Diego was running the AFC West and Kansas City was one of the worst teams in the NFL. One week later, the Chiefs and Chargers find themselves playing for first place in the AFC West.

The Chiefs have a lot of momentum on their side. Scoring 21 unanswered points on the road against the Saints helped create that momentum. Now that the Chargers lost, the Chiefs are more thrilled about playing for first place on Sunday.

The Chargers need to forget about last week's lackluster performance. They have not had a lot of luck at Arrowhead Stadium the past two years.

Expect the Chiefs to carry last week's late game success over to Sunday. The Chiefs are seeking their first touchdown score on their opening drive in 20 games.

They want to score a lot of points on the Chargers and put Rivers under pressure. If they can do so successfully, the Chiefs will take the lead in the AFC West to conclude the first quarter of the season.