As the quarterback carousel continues to revolve for Kansas City, the coaching carousel is at least being warmed up in San Diego.
Matt Cassel will be back under center for the Chiefs on Thursday night when the club visits its AFC West rival, the Chargers and embattled head coach Norv Turner.
Receiver Eddie Royal (hamstring) is doubtful and fellow receiver Robert Meachem (hamstring) is questionable to face visiting Kansas City on Thursday night. This isn’t going to help an offense that has not scored a touchdown in the past six quarters.
Past results: Two most recent regular-season meetings — Sept. 30, 2012: Chargers 37, Chiefs 20; Oct. 31, 2011: Chiefs 23, Chargers 20. Series record: The Chargers lead 53-51-1. Chargers have won eight of the last 10 and four straight at Qualcomm
For literally centuries, philosophers and scientists have debated the outcome of an immovable object meeting an irresistible force. Tonight, we will see this classic paradox played out in our own unique, AFC-West-way when the Chiefs play the Chargers.
What matters: The Chiefs look hopeless. They’ve allowed 64 points the past two weeks to teams with losing records. They have yet to play with a lead this season, the first team to do that through seven games since 1940. It’s Matt Cassel’s show again, and the alternative (Brady Quinn), who many argued was the better option, was a guy who has not won a game since 2009 and has a 64.2 quarterback rating. Jamaal Charles went from leading the league in rushing two games ago to 44 rushing yards in the past two games. If there’s a silver lining somewhere in this doom and gloom, the Chiefs outgained the Chargers 349-293 in their first meeting. The difference was the Chiefs gave the ball away six times and only forced one turnover. If they can take care of the ball — we’re still waiting for that to happen — they might have a chance against a team that has scored six points in the past six quarters.
“I know those guys are going to come in here like it’s their Super Bowl and try to knock us off,” says Chargers fullback Le’Ron McClain.
Romeo Crennel has already been in this spot, the one where a team he coaches finds it difficult if not impossible to hold on to the football.
Last meeting: In the first meeting this season on Sept. 30, the Chargers beat the Chiefs 37-20, jumping ahead 20-0 and scoring 24 points off six turnovers, including five first-half takeaways.
Topics: San Diego Chargers