Coming off their first loss of the season, a young 9-1 Kansas City Chiefs team doesn’t have time to pout. They have an equally saddened division rival coming to town in the 4-6 San Diego Chargers. If Kansas City allows Sunday’s matchup to become a pity party they will be out manned.
I have a Chiefs fan friend who despises Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers. “One things for certain,” he says every game day. “Win or lose, Rivers is gonna cry.”
San Diego has now lost three in a row, including an error-filled contest against the Miami Dolphins this past weekend. The Chargers QB made at least two of the mistakes that contributed to his team’s 20-16 loss.
With a minute remaining in the first half Rivers found TE Antonio Gates for a touchdown but foolishly crossed the line of scrimmage before throwing the ball. It would have given the Bolts a four-point halftime lead (the difference in the game). Instead they entered the break in a 10-10 tie.
On the second-to-last play of the game, the Chargers QB failed to spike the ball at the Miami 25-yard line, instead throwing an incompletion, costing precious time with the game on the line. “We need to spike that,” San Diego coach Mike McCoy said after the game.
All Kansas City fans remember the Monday Football game on Halloween back in 2011. With the game tied at 20, the Chargers found themselves with the ball in middle of the field on the Chiefs 15. It was right where K Nick Novak wanted to attempt the game winner from. On the third down kneel play to set him up Rivers fumbled the snap. Kansas City recovered and won the game in overtime. The quarterback was caught on national television shouting, “This is the worst day ever!”
I asked my friend exactly why he always says that, and in publishable terms he replied that whenever something went wrong for Philip Rivers he acted like a (girl). Okay, let me rephrase my opening:
If the Chiefs are still crying about last Sunday’s loss this weekend, they may find themselves in a cat fight.
Troy Alan is a Kansas City Chiefs writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TRantMedia.