The Chargers need a victory to keep pace with the Denver Broncos for first place in the conference. Meanwhile the Chiefs are looking to spoil San Diego's forge towards a division crown. That is simply their only motivation for the balance of the season.
San Diego has not lost a game since Oct. 17 when they fell to the Atlanta Falcons 21-20 and that same weekend the Chiefs lost to Jacksonville 22-16. The Chargers have won four in a row, and looking for their fifth against Kansas City before they meet the Broncos next weekend in what could determine the balance of power in the division.
Since the Chiefs are out of the hunt for the playoffs they will be looking to stop San Diego's run tomorrow and then again on Jan. 2nd. Kansas City will also get to spoil things for the Broncos when they visit Arrowhead on December 19th. Those two teams are the only two that have a chance at the playoffs left on the schedule for Kansas City.
"There's all kinds of things to play for now." Chiefs quarterback Trent Green said, "Number one's your job. Early in the year, you're continually playing for your job but you're trying to make the playoffs and win and build up in terms of the team's concerns. Right now, when things are going bad the way they are, people are looking – and I've been asked this several times now both by people around football and away from football, ‘What do you guys play for?' Hopefully guys are playing for their livelihood."
Chiefs have not been able to climb to .500 all season. They have now lost three games in a row and if the only thing that can be positive about the 2004 slide is they'll be in a better position for a high draft choice in April of next year.
Three of the top five draft picks are on the defensive side of the ball. Players like defensive ends' Mathias Kiwanuka from Boston College, David Pollack from Georgia, and defensive back Antrel Rolle from Miami.
"Not necessarily. We were hit by some injuries that maybe didn't initially look as big as (they were). I think in terms of special teams and in terms of depth, (WR) Marc Boerigter was a much bigger loss than people realized." Green said about changes for next season, "And you say ‘How can you say that be? (Look at) the number of catches and those things.' Him being on the field, defenses needed to know where he was because of what he had done the previous season: 20 catches and eight of those 20 were touchdowns."
The Chiefs have little shot at the top spot in the draft as that should be settled tomorrow as the 1-9 Miami Dolphins play the San Francisco 49ers in what should determine the bottom two of the draft order. On the line is the potential services of USC Junior quarterback Matt Leinart who has not made an official announcement if he's going to skip his Senior season with the Trojans.