Last season, the Chargers fell to the Chiefs in the opening game on their way to a dreadful 2-5 start. The Chargers would gain some revenge by walloping the Chiefs, 31-0, in the rematch but still ended up losing the division by one game. To make matters worse, that one game cost the Chargers their fifth straight trip to the playoffs.
The Chargers are coming off a loss, falling to the Patriots in a memorable game the Chargers would just as soon forget.
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"I am so excited about our football team," said coach Norv Turner, whose Chargers' teams traditionally start slow. "And I have told them a number of times, I don't even refer to this group as to comparing it to anywhere with last year's team. This year's team is this year's team. And I am excited about where this team can go."
San Diego is knotted in a first-place tie with Denver and Oakland. It might have the lead to itself if not for four turnovers in the 35-21 loss at New England.
"It's disappointing to lose, but it's a long year and we're going to be a heck of a team," said quarterback Philip Rivers, who had three turnovers in the New England loss. "Really, the only goal that we have to scratch off our list right now is winning them all. We can throw that one out the window, but everything else is still there. We've got a long season in front of us. We're going to be all right."
The Chargers might be catching the struggling Chiefs at the right time, especially with elite running back Jamaal Charles out with a knee injury.
Plus, the Chargers have to take advantage of these two next home dates. After facing the Dolphins on Oct. 2, the Chargers won't be at Qualcomm again until Nov. 6.
TRENDING: With Pro Bowlers sprinkled around the offense, it's clear the Chargers are built to score. But what is odd is the team isn't starting fast, scoring only seven points in each of the opening two quarters of the first two games. "I really have no explanation for it," quarterback Philip Rivers said.
BY THE NUMBERS: If more teams defend tight end Antonio Gates like the Patriots did Sunday -- double teamed often; he had zero catches -- look for Vincent Jackson to have a monster year. With the reads leading away from Gates and toward Jackson, he had a career-high 10 catches, which resulted in two touchdowns.
--OLB Larry English, a former first-round pick, is looking to be active for the second time this season on Sunday. English, who has been slowed by injuries, had two tackles last week.
--WR Malcom Floyd could be limited this week with a groin injury. Floyd had 59 yards on two catches Sunday before being hurt.
--WR Vincent Brown, a third-round pick, has yet to be active this season. He had leg injuries which derailed his camp and he's never caught up.
--WR Patrick Crayton is hoping to make his season debut Sunday. He's missed the first two games with an ankle injury. With Floyd's status in doubt, Crayton's availability could be crucial.
--K Nick Novak, who has taken over for the injured Nate Kaeding, has yet to try a field goal. He was perfect on his three extra points in his Chargers debut on Sunday.
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