Chargers have chance to get-well soon with Chiefs coming to town

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SAN DIEGO -- The Chargers play their first division game on Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium against the defending AFC West Division champions. But the Kansas City Chiefs have started out the season 0-2 and look like the laughingstock of the NFL.

The Chiefs rank last in passing offense, scoring offense and opponents scoring average. It would seem like a team that the Chargers could roll over and smash right from the opening kickoff.

“I never believe that,” said Chargers’ linebacker Takeo Spikes. “The reason why is I played on enough dog crap teams. I always believed we could win.”

So Spikes assumes the Chiefs will have the same attitude despite getting outscored 89-10 in their first two games and losing their best offensive player, running back Jamaal Charles, and their best defensive player, safety Eric Berry, to season-ending injuries.

“We don't feel sorry for ourselves at all,” said Chiefs’ linebacker Derrick Johnson.” You can't, because when you start to feel sorry for yourselves, it's going to be a long year and the outcome of the games is not going to change. We definitely don't want that to happen so we're going to go to work and keep a positive mindset.”

The Chargers are favored by 14 points after starting off with a win over the Vikings at home and a loss to the Patriots in New England. By all appearances, the Chargers should win this game by at least that much. Yet the players don't have that same attitude.

“They can come in and beat us if we don't play our game,” said Chargers’ safety Eric Weddle. “They showed us that last year on Monday Night Football. We are going to be focused. We want to get that bad taste out of our mouths (after the loss to the Patriots) and get back to winning and get to 2-1, that's all that matters to us now. “

The Chargers also want to avoid falling behind early. In each of their first two games, they've trailed by at least 10 points.

“We certainly want to get going,” said Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers. “It's just a matter of finishing drives. We haven't been necessarily out of sync. We have to finish drives and we'll do all we can to get that done. But if we fall 10 points behind this week, we're not going to quit. We're still going to try to win the game.”

The Chargers have won six of the last seven times they've played the Kansas City Chiefs.

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