Chargers Thump Chiefs 31-0

If Kansas City wants to win the AFC West, they're going to have to earn it. After losing 31-0 to the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, its clear that this division is anything but settled. But the real story on Sunday was the Chargers ability to execute a perfect game plan.

San Diego Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers wasn't about to let his team lose back-to-back AFC West home games. After getting embarrassed a week ago against the Oakland Raiders, Rivers made sure that he took care of business against the Chiefs.

the day he was 18 of 24 for 226 yards. He hit seven different receivers and threw a pair of touchdowns to receiver Malcolm Floyd.

But it was the Chargers running game that set the tone. Five different running backs touched the ball on Sunday pacing their 203 yard rushing attack.

On the reverse side, back-up Brodie Croyle struggled most of the game. He completed just seven of 17 passes for just 40 yards. Running back Jamaal Charles, fresh of a new contract extension, rushed the ball just ten times.

Neither had a chance to ever get into any rhythm offensively because of the lackluster play of the Chiefs offensive line. They never controlled the line of scrimmage as the Chargers front seven were virtually unstoppable, forcing Croyle into many third and long situations.

In the second half, despite getting two turnovers from the defense, Croyle managed just a single first down. The star of the game might have been punter Dustin Colquitt. He had eight punts on the afternoon that forced the Chargers to work on long fields to score their points.

The Chargers are now a game back of the Chiefs at 7-6. On Thursday they'll play the San Francisco 49ers while three days later the 8-5 Chiefs travel to St. Louis to face their in-state rival, the Rams.

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