Chiefs at Chargers Game Notes

This is the 88th meeting between the San Diego Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs lead the series, 46-40-1. The only team the Chiefs have defeated more than the Chargers is Denver (49). The Chargers are upbeat about having the Chiefs at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers have lost seven straight at Arrowhead Stadium, but have won four of the past five meetings at Qualcomm. None of those were bigger than in 2001, when the Chargers lone win on a 1-15 season came against the Chiefs at the "Q."

Chargers Notes:

--Among the Chargers few highlights in the postseason is when they shut out the Chiefs, 17-0, in a 1992 wildcard playoff game.
--The last five games between these teams at Qualcomm Stadium have been decided by a total of 15 points.
--Coach Marty Schottenheimer is a big fan of Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil. "He has a tremendous ability to communicate and interact with people," Schottenheimer said. "I don't know if I've ever been around a coach that has so much detail to everything that he does. It's remarkable."
--Many think QB Doug Flutie is old at age 41. But when the Chargers defeated the Chiefs in 2001, K.C. had 44-year-old Warren Moon at quarterback.
--The Chargers have lost 16 of their past 20 games.
--Flutie, if nothing else, is a much better quarterback when playing at home. Throughout his NFL career, he's 22-8 at home; he's 36-27 overall.
--Pro Bowl RB LaDainian Tomlinson is the 14th player to reach 1,000 yards in each of his first three seasons. He's the NFL's fifth-leading rusher with 1,066 yards.
--OLB Donnie Edwards has 32 tackles in his past two games, including a career-high 18 in the loss to Denver.
--SS Terrence Kiel's appeal on his $25,000 fine for making contact with an official will be heard next week.
--The Chargers elevated WR Grant Mattos from the practice squad to take WR/KR Tim Dwight's place.
--WR Dondre Gilliam was added to the practice squad.
--Chiefs assistant head coach Al Saunders was the Chargers head coach from 1986-88.
--The Chargers have filed suit to prove they have reached the trigger clause in their stadium contract, which allows them to shop the team around to other cities. That action was panned by San Diego's city council and the team's fans.
--The umber of Chargers on injured reserve has reached 10, after WR/KR Tim Dwight was added on Wednesday with a lung injury.

Bolts Injury Report:

--DE Marcellus Wiley (ankle) didn't work on Wednesday, but will go on Sunday. Wiley, though, relies on his quickness, and if that ankle is bothering him, that's bad news for a struggling secondary which needs all the pass rush the guys up front can muster.
--DE Adrain Dingle (knee) also sat out Wednesday's session. Same goes for him, as that knee has been bothering him since training camp. When the knee gets fatigued, his play levels off.
--Those two injuries are magnified with the absence of veteran backup Raylee Johnson (foot). He won't play again this week.

Chiefs Notes:

--The NFL has informed the Chiefs that Vermeil should not plan on giving kicker Morten Andersen the bottle of expensive vintage wine the coach promised as a playful incentive before his wine-collector kicker converted the game-winning field goal against Oakland.

"I've been told it's not legal to do that," Vermeil said after learning that the league has rules against such personal incentives that are not part of a player's contract. "I'll wait until after the season and we'll share a glass of wine at my house."
--Vermeil may be through sending bottles of wine to NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue, though he says he's done so in the recent past.

"I sent him one of the first bottles of JLB Cabernet, but I don't know if he ever got it," Vermeil said of his own family-owned vintage. "I know he's a wine drinker and a good paisan."

--Punter Jason Baker is on notice after one of his low, short punts was returned for a touchdown in the loss to Cincinnati, and another returned deep into Chiefs territory to set up the game-tying field goal in the fourth quarter against Oakland.

"I think he has the talent to be a fine punter," Vermeil recently said of Baker. "He didn't demonstrate that yesterday, but he got a game ball a few weeks ago. We've just got to get him to be more consistent.

"But, if it becomes a week-in and week-out thing, then next year you've got to get a new punter. I just don't know where you get one now. I can't just go to Macy's."

"Chances are, I'll stay with him awhile and see if we can't get him to punt through his game-day problems," Vermeil said. "He's been punting so well on the practice field that sooner or later his technique will not be negatively influenced by game-day pressure."

10 -- the number of Chiefs-Chargers game that have been decided by one point, the most of any NFL series. 101 -- the number of games won by Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer during his 10-year tenure in Kansas City. His .634 winning percentage is a club record.

--RB Priest Holmes' 15 rushing TD are more than all but one entire team in the NFL this year. Only Philadelphia has as many rushing TDs as Holmes.
--WR Marc Boerigter, whose second NFL season has been a disappointment after catching only eight balls in 11 games, had the biggest day of his short career against San Diego a year ago in the Chiefs win over the Chargers at Arrowhead. He caught five passes for 144 yards with an NFL-record tying reception of 99 yards.
--DE Vonnie Holliday had his biggest day of his first season with Kansas City in the Chiefs season-opening win over the Chargers. He had three sacks among his six tackles. Holliday has had only 2.5 sacks in the 10 games since then.
--LB Mike Maslowski did not practice Wednesday, and Vermeil described his starting MLB as being on the doubtful side of questionable for the Chargers.

Chiefs Injury Report:

--Starting LB Mike Maslowski (questionable, knee) did not practice Wednesday, and Dick Vermeil was not as confident as he was earlier in the week that Maz could play after missing the Oakland game.
--LB Scott Fujita (questionable, shoulder) should be able to go after practicing Wednesday.
--G Brian Waters (questionable, shoulder) missed two practices last week before the Raiders and still convinced coaches that he should play, which he did. He practiced Wednesday and will be ready for the Chargers.
--Backup fullback Omar Easy (questionable, knee) will probably be healthy enough to play against San Diego, unless the Chiefs decided to activate RB Larry Johnson in his place.
--Starting LB Shawn Barber (probable, wrist) will play with a soft cast on his left hand to protect a dislocation in his wrist.

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