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Game Day!! It's going to be a long day at the office while waiting for tonight's game. I can only imagine how nuts Arrowhead will be tonight. To all of the readers who'll be tailgating and at the game, be safe and raise hell. Here is today's Kansas City Chiefs news. Go Chiefs!!

For an explanation about why the NFL is the undisputed king of American sports, you could do worse than the fact the following words are true: The Chiefs were thought to be the league's worst team last month and now play for first place on "Monday Night Football."

So it should be said that if you thought six weeks ago that all this would be happening, you are almost certainly either delusional or a liar. But here we are anyway, living in a bizarre reality in which the NFL has once again proved that, well, it's the NFL.

Part of the NFL's Popularity is its Unpredictability from KC Star

The bodies were just a bit more tired than usual this week at the Chiefs' training facility, the cold tubs used to soothe those aches a bit more busy.

Those are telltale signs of last week's opponent.

"You have other games where sometimes you feel the same afterward, but that's pretty consistent when you play the Raiders," safety Jon McGraw said. "You're always getting a little beat up in those games.

Bad Omen: Chiefs Usually Struggle Week After They Play Raiders from KC Star

Today: Sunny, with a high near 65. Calm wind becoming south southwest between 7 and 10 mph. 

Tonight: Clear, with a low around 50. South wind between 8 and 11 mph.

MNF Game Day Weather Report from The National Weather Service

The Chiefs are tied for 26th in the league with 12 passing touchdowns allowed, and after allowing eight touchdowns in the first two weeks, it has given up four in the last four weeks. They are also third in the league with 11 interceptions and are 10th in the league in completion percentage allowed (57.7). In a year in which 300-yard passing games have become the norm, Kansas City has not surrendered one yet.

What Is Wrong With Philip Rivers? Can The Chiefs Cure Him? from Athlon Sports

Bottom line

The Chiefs played well enough in San Diego last month to beat the Chargers. They probably would have if not for the late Matt Cassel interception that killed their rally. So they certainly have enough to take care of business tonight on their home field. An impressive list of injuries appears to have started to take a toll on the Chargers last week when they faded in the second half of their loss to the Jets. Prediction: Chiefs 20, Chargers 16

Chiefs-Chargers Scouting Report from KC Star

The Chiefs hope another Monday night showdown against San Diego, this time on Halloween night, will give them a similar boost the rest of the season.

"I think we're taking steps in the right direction. I think everybody in there is excited about the opportunity we have in front of us on Monday night," quarterback Matt Cassel said. "We're up for the challenge and we're excited about the opportunity again."

Chiefs Recall Monday Night Win Over Chargers As One That Defined AFC West-Winning Season from The Washington Post

For weeks, the days passed slowly, in a haze. The tornado had taken the lives of Bill and Sarah Anderson. And it had left Quinton in a hospital bed.

His back was broken. His orbital bone fractured near his left eye. A muscle in his left leg blown out by the storm.

He would be in the hospital for 5 1/2 weeks, rehabbing as a town recovered...

...And then one day, as the beginning of school grew closer, Grace's cell phone lit up with a number from up north.

The Kansas City Chiefs were calling. And general manager Scott Pioli wanted to have lunch.

Joplin Football Player Has A Mentor In Chiefs GM Scott Pioli from KC Star

Defense! Defense! Defense! ... That is exactly what the Kansas City Chiefs fans will be chanting when their team hosts the San Diego Chargers at the Arrowhead Stadium on Monday. Todd Haley, the head coach of the Chiefs admitted organizing extra practices in order to overcome the defensive lapses Chiefs have been experiencing this season.

The Chiefs went out to lose the first 3 matches of the season mostly because of the lack of defense. Taking notice of this Haley worked hard on his defensive lineup and now can proudly boast defeating the Oakland Raiders 28-0 last week, which also takes Chiefs' tally to 3-3.

Coach Haley Shares Secrets Of KC Chiefs 'Impenetrable' Defense And Cornerback Tips from Fan IQ

The Kansas City Chiefs went to one of the city's newest venues to announce that Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City (BBBS) will be the beneficiary of the 2012 Chiefs Charity Game. During a visit to the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, Oct. 30, the Chiefs joined together with some special guests from BBBS, including area "Bigs" and their "Littles," for this announcement. Recognized as the top philanthropic game of its type in the NFL, the 2012 Chiefs Charity Game will continue a long-standing commitment of supporting the local community.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City Named Beneficiary of the 2012 Chiefs Charity Game from The Mothership

For Ron Jaworski, Philip Rivers' struggles are relative.

"I think we've raised the bar -- or Philip has raised the bar -- so high in his performance that when we see it drop a little bit, we almost panic," Jaworski said. "I mean, he has been so good for such an extended period of time, When you see some of the things happening, there is some concern."

Jaworski spoke Friday by phone as he drove to the airport. He is here now to as part of ESPN's Monday Night Football crew.

Jaws Sees Reasons For Rivers' Struggles from The San Diego Union-Tribune  

Seven players who started for the Chargers against the New York Jets last Sunday have fewer than 20 starts with the Chargers. That includes five players (all on defense) in their first year as a starter with the team and four players in their first year with the team. It does not include Antonio Garay, who made his 21st start with the Chargers on Sunday, or rookie Marcus Gilchrist, who will start against the Chiefs.

Something New For Bolts from The San Diego Union-Tribune

4. Smackdown: You know the Chiefs are going to run, because that's what they do best, with or without Jamaal Charles. In their last two games, the Chargers have given up an identical 162 yards rushing to both the Denver Broncos and New York Jets. Even with little-bull Mike Tolbert hobbled and the offensive line in a state of flux due to the rare absence of Kris Dielman, four quarters of smashmouth football might be good for the Chargers, if only to give Rivers some much-needed room to breathe and make a workhorse out of Ryan Mathews. In the first K.C. game, incidentally, Mathews finished two yards shy of 100.

Five Things To Watch: Chargers at Chiefs from The San Diego Union-Tribune

Never during my life of living in a supposed carefree city have I seen anything to approach the virulent thoughts, the slings and the arrows aimed at the Chargers' head coach. This is terribly nasty. And the Oct. 23 loss to the Jets seemed to be the coup de grace for the Norv Hate Club, because the growing membership now is burning down the barns.

Get ready for Occupy the Q. Or maybe Unoccupy the Q.

Anti-Turner Sentiment High, But Fans Should Cut Chargers Coach Some Slack from The San Diego Union-Tribune