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Game Day!!! I have Guinness-Beef Stew in the slow cooker, and my apartment already smells amazing. We have another week of waiting for-ev-er for our Kansas City Chiefs to play (afternoon game this week, bye before that, afternoon game, and MNF). I've forgotten what an early game feels like. So, while we all wait for kickoff, here's today's news. Go Chiefs!!!!

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Game Preview: Chiefs vs. Chargers from The Mothership

With the change in McCoy came a change in the offensive system, one that during the past two seasons has morphed Rivers back into old form.

Through the Chargers' first six games, he is 138 of 199 for 1,756 yards, 15 touchdowns and only two interceptions. His completion percentage (69.3) and passer rating (117.6) rank first in the league.

With those numbers combined with what has become a complete team, the Chargers at 5-1 are off to their best start since 2002 and on a five-game winning streak.

Now it's up to the Kansas City Chiefs (2-3) to stop them. Video: Playbook: Chiefs vs. Chargers Photo Gallery: Team Travel Week Seven

Game Day Forecast from The National Weather Service

Sunday Partly sunny, with a high near 74. Light northwest wind becoming west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Jeff Allen promoting Chiefs-Chargers rivalry with t-shirt design from Chiefs Digest

Chiefs guard/tackle Jeff Allen is out for the season after undergoing elbow surgery.

But that hasn't stopped Allen's competitive nature, especially when it comes to AFC West rivalries.

The third-year pro and San Diego Chargers defensive end Corey Liuget have partnered with Rivalry Wear, a clothing brand based on competition and pride, to represent the two cities for Sunday's matchup, according to a news release from Brian Bradtke of B2 Enterprises, a sports marketing and public relations firm representing Allen.

Allen and Liguet co-designed shirts to reflect the Chiefs-Chargers rivalry, according to the news release.

Poll: Chiefs' scare factor from The San Diego Union-Tribune

The Chiefs are an odd bunch.

They've not won a playoff game in a generation but tend to employ several players capable of splash plays.

That'll be the case again Sunday when Kansas City, a four-point underdog on betting lines, will try to end its San Diego losing streak of six games.

Defensive end Allen Bailey quietly flourishing with Chiefs defense from Chiefs Digest

The hulking 6-3, 290-pound defender won't command the spotlight like some of his high-profile defensive teammates.

But Chiefs defensive end Allen Bailey has blossomed from a backup role the previous three seasons to become an every-down starter.

The Chiefs' appreciation of Bailey's value is evidenced through five games where he has totaled 260 defensive snaps, 14 less than Pro Bowl defensive tackle Dontari Poe's 274 snaps.

Chiefs vs. Chargers 2014 picks and predictions: Philip Rivers expected to keep winning from SB Nation

Over at ESPN, only Chris Mortensen is picking the Chiefs to win on the road as an underdog. Of the eight analysts at CBS Sports, only John Breech and Josh Katzowitz believe Kansas City will cover the 4.5-point spread, with Breech siding with the Chiefs straight up also. For the experts at USA Today, it is a clean sweep with all putting their confidence in the Chargers to hold serve at home.

The guys here at SB Nation also think San Diego will take the day, save PFT Commenter who believes Kansas City evens it at 3-3.

Unknown, But Important Contributors - Kansas City Chiefs Edition from Bolts From The Blue

The 2-3 Chiefs come off their bye to visit a stadium they have not won in since 2007. Do not let the record fool you. Andy Reid took personal responsibility for misusing Jamal Charles in the season opening loss against a pretty bad Titans team. That game is the worst the Chiefs have played this year. Their other two losses, against the Broncos and 49ers, came via a combined point total of 12 (7 against Denver, 5 against SF). An additional three FG's and one TD in eight quarters of football would make this team 4-1 and looked at much differently. Such is the difference between great and meh in the NFL.

Despite many free agent departures in the off-season, particularly on the offensive line and defensive secondary {insert evil grin here}, the talent level on this 2013 playoff team remains high. This is a dangerous team, with an efficient (if not flashy) offense and one of the best pass rushing teams in the league with Tamba Hali and Justin Houston.

NFL whip around: What we're watching in Week 7 from USA Today

A test for the Chargers

Need to know: The San Diego Chargers have built their half-game lead in the AFC West with one quality win - at home against Seattle in Week 2. Other wins have come at home against Jacksonville and the New York Jets, and at winless Oakland. Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs is the first of two huge division games in five days, followed by Thursday's game in Denver. The Chiefs, who have already lost to the Broncos this season, need to win this game to keep themselves in the AFC West race.

What to expect: The Chiefs' challenge is all about stopping Philip Rivers - a test for the defense, especially cornerback Marcus Cooper and Sean Smith, but also for the offense to put together long drives that will keep Rivers off the field. Rivers has been at his best on third downs this season, meaning the Chargers offense is going to eat up clock. The Chiefs need Jamaal Charles and Alex Smith to do the same.

Louisiana Tech great Roaf honored during UTSA game from The Monroe News Star

Louisiana Tech All-American Willie Roaf traveled back to Ruston this week to visit campus and take part in a halftime ceremony in his honor.

The offensive tackle recently was inducted into the NFL and College Hall of Fame and was recognized at midfield by Tech athletic director Tommy McClelland.

Roaf finished his college career in 1992 and was named a finalist for the Outland Trophy given annually to the top college lineman. The offensive tackle continued his career with the New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs and was an 11-time Pro Bowler.

NFL Insider: Who's hot, who's not and more from The Ft. Worth Star-Telegram


Jamaal Charles needs 53 yards to become the Kansas City Chiefs' all-time career rusher. His 6,018 yards trail only fellow University of Texas product Priest Holmes.

Banged Up Bolts Limp Into Sunday: Official Week 7 Injury Report from The Times of San Diego

The San Diego Chargers issued their official week seven injury report on Friday, and like most games this season, their list outstretches that of the opponent, this week it's the Kansas City Chiefs.

Kansas City is coming off their bye week, so their injury report is as short as it has been all year with six players listed.

Some names to watch who will be game-time decisions will be Brandon Flowers, Dwight Freeney, and Jason Verrett, all of whom played last week against Oakland.


Luckily for MLB, their shrewd scheduling of the World Series lets them avoid a good chunk of primetime NFL action. They don't have to deal with the Chargers and Broncos on Thursday Night Football unless one of the first two games of the series is rained out. They don't have to deal with the Redskins and Cowboys on Monday Night Football. The 49ers have a bye this week, and since no one in the Bay Area really cares about the Raiders, the Giants will be the focus in the Bay Area next weekend. The Chiefs also host the Rams on Fox at 1 PM next Sunday, just hours before Game 4. I'm sure Fox won't spare any expense in shilling for baseball during that broadcast.