Well, todays game sucked. It was the most frustrating game of the season, so far. Even worse than the Denver game because San Diego's players did some sort of dance for every gain of more than four yards (and there were a lot of those). I really dislike the Chargers more than the Broncos or the Raiders because I swear they are the most arrogant bunch of SOB's I've ever seen for team that is still only 7-6 and never has won anything.
Still, like it or not, San Diego came out and played like a team, at home, with its back against the wall. We played like a team that didn't necessarily need this game and was playing without its starting QB.
I will say that I thought the offensive play calling was horrid. I had hoped our first play was going to be a play-action pass streak to Turner or someone...even if it had been incomplete it might of set some sort of tone. Instead, it appeared we were going to "protect" Croyle as if he was a rookie playing his first game. Outside of the two minute drill, we attempted only two first down passes in the first three quarters. Both wound up being sacks. I know some fans aren't big supporters of Cassel, but for whatever reason, the offense certainly didn't have its swagger today and Croyle actually managed to put up worse numbers than Cassel did in the season opener against San Diego.
HOWEVER - the Good news is that none of this matters. The Chiefs are still the same team that they were going into today's game. A first place team that is overachieving and still has some holes that won't get filled this season. Ultimately, if the Chiefs win there next three games (two of which are at home) they are in the playoffs. I think our toughest challenge will actually be on the road this week in St. Louis. I know we have the Raiders to potentially play spoiler in week 17, but that is at home and I think we match up well against them. In between, we're home against a Titans team that is fading like a flower. Get Cassel back, I see no reason why we don't win the next three games and get in.
For what it worth - and you heard it here first - I also believe Denver will upset San Diego (in Denver) in week 17.
So - long story short (I know, too late!) - while this week sucked, we still control our own destiny. Win three games we are expected to win and get in.