Chiefs vs. Chargers Recap: I Needed Time To Even Write about This Game

John BartramCorrespondent IIDecember 14, 2010

SAN DIEGO - DECEMBER 12:  Quarterback Brodie Croyle #12 of the Kansas City Chiefs throws a pass against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on December 12, 2010 in San Diego, California.  The Chargers won 31-0.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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What can you say?  Most people expected the Chiefs to lose the game, even with Matt Cassel at quarterback.

I actually expected them to compete with Brodie Croyle at the helm.  But, then again, I thought the Democrats had a chance to hold onto Congress, at least a good part of it. 

Two weeks ago the Jets went into Foxboro and got absolutely humiliated by the Patriots, 45-3.  There were some that said, rightfully, that an elite or championship-caliber team does not let that happen.

Is that what just happened to the Chiefs?  Did they just show they are not quite there yet?  It could be.  Of course the difference between the Jets and Chiefs is in their stages of growth.

The Jets were supposed to be a Super Bowl-contending team, especially according to themselves.  The Chiefs were never expected to be in first place in the AFC West with three games to go.

Yes, Brodie Croyle was horrific, but you can't blame it all on him.  I blame the coaching staff as much as anyone.  I thought that would be their strength in this game, and it turned out to be their downfall.

Their gameplan was destined to fail.  Run the ball up the middle and make sure you put Croyle in 3rd-and-long, and you have created a recipe for disaster.

I had written earlier that they needed to be creative in their offensive plan.  They spent the entire time "protecting" the ball.  That's all well and good, but sometimes you need to take chances.  It seems like Todd Haley of all people should know that.

I had suggested quick slants to Charles and McCluster, reverses with Bowe and maybe a shovel pass and things of that nature.  These are not terribly high risk plays.  Also, I would like to think your backup quarterback, who you've had for four years, could manage them.

The Chiefs have had only one very, very ugly loss prior to this game, obviously in Denver.  They showed great resiliency in bouncing back and beating the Cardinals 31-13.

That game, however, was against a terrible 4-9 team in Arrowhead Stadium, where the Chiefs are now 6-0.  This week, they travel to St. Louis and face an extremely improved Rams team that is 6-7, tied for first place and must win.  Additionally, they are 4-2 at home, while the Chiefs are 2-5 on the road. 

They have six days to correct a lot of things.  The fog has lifted.  If they win the next three games, they cannot be stopped from winning the AFC West.  A three-game win streak will also be a great way to go into the playoffs.

If they lose one game, it is likely we will have to wait until next year.  At the very worst, at least we have a great team to look forward to. 

Lastly, even if the Chiefs miss the playoffs, let's keep it in perspective.  This is a team that has gone 10-38 in the last three seasons.  With that said, a three-game win streak against three mediocre teams is not really asking that much.  

Let's go Chiefs!