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Chiefs vs. Chargers: Winners and Losers in Kansas City's 34-20 Loss

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Chiefs vs. Chargers: Winners and Losers in Kansas City's 34-20 Loss
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The Kansas City Chiefs hosted the San Diego Chargers on Sunday afternoon and watched their season go down the tubes before it really even began.

Harsh?  Perhaps. But there's no denying that Kansas City stood a chance to turn the corner and instead reinforced the opinion that the Chiefs aren't even an average team, let alone a playoff contender.

Kansas City handed Sunday's game to the Chargers on a silver platter, turning the ball over twice in their first five offensive plays. San Diego made good use of these turnovers, taking a 17-point lead less than 11 minutes into the game.

The Chiefs never really threatened to come back through the entire game. Kansas City lost the ball six times, gave up two sacks and extended their streak of opening drives without a touchdown to a ridiculous 21 games. And despite their overtime win against New Orleans, the Chiefs have yet to lead their opponent with the game clock still running.

That's why this week's balance of winners and losers for Sunday's game tilts in favor of the "losers". Kansas City just showed way too many weak points in their game and not nearly enough strengths.

The Chiefs must find a way to change that balance, and not just to change their division standings.

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