Like most of their games this season, though, the Chiefs wasted this opportunity, and they instead wound up losing 31-13 to fall to 1-7 on the year.
There have been some terrible teams in NFL history, but none has gone as long as the Chiefs have without even taking a lead at any point in regulation (their only win was in overtime, at New Orleans in Week 3). Just doing that against San Diego would've been a milestone for the Chiefs, but they couldn't even do that.
This means that for another week the questions will surround the Chiefs as to whether head coach Romeo Crennel (and general manager Scott Pioli) will survive the season.
This is an easy question to answer. No, they won't. Neither of them.
As for Crennel, I'm actually going to go on a ledge and say that he doesn't survive the rest of the season.
Despite the talent Kansas City has on both sides of the ball, the execution is lacking everything. They have great skill players and weapons in running back Jamaal Charles and wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, but when Matt Cassel has been terrible so far and the backup is Brady Quinn, it's like a Ferrari being driven by a 12-year-old boy who can't reach the pedals.
They will crash and burn, and so far the Chiefs have done just that.
Crennel's specialty is defense, and their defense has been passable, as they rank 11th against the run, 12th in yards allowed overall, and have allowed only an average of 18.8 points per game.
But Crennel isn't just Kansas City's defensive coordinator like he was the last two seasons. Now he's in charge, and so far it hasn't gone well.
This will lead to a house-cleaning, and Crennel will be the first sacrificial lamb. It wouldn't surprise me if this next long week off before they face the Pittsburgh Steelers (and former Chiefs head coach Todd Haley) on Monday Night Football, Crennel is no longer coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Even if he does survive the long week, he won't survive the season. This team has been too much of an embarrassment so far for anyone in the front office or coaching staff to save their jobs.