The Kansas City Chiefs are one of the hottest teams in the entire National Football League (NFL). The Chiefs got off to a very slow start this season, but are currently riding a five game winning streak that has enabled them to leapfrog several teams and has them in second place in the West Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) behind the Denver Broncos with a Won-Loss record of 7-5.
The Chiefs, under Head Coach Andy Reid, currently own one of the two available Wild Cards and, if they keep winning, will earn a “ticket” to the playoffs. This squad has been “rolling over” opponents in recent games and appears “hard to beat” right now. Great play from offensive players like Alex Smith, Jeremy Maclin, and Charcandrick West have made the Chiefs an elite team in the NFL.
The team on Kansas City’s schedule, the San Diego Chargers, is having a terrible season. This squad has underperformed all season and finds itself in last place in the AFC West Division with a Won-Loss record of 3-9. The Chargers have had trouble scoring and even more trouble keeping opposing offenses out of the end zone.
So, it seems to the casual observer that this Sunday’s game between the visiting Chargers and the home team Chiefs is a mismatch, a rout waiting to happen. But, these teams play football in the NFL and in this professional league anything can happen at any time.
Does that mean the Chargers will travel to Kansas City and upset the home team? Of course not, but the possibility that San Diego will find a way to beat Kansas City definitely exists. Players on the team from southern California have egos and professional pride. That may be enough to motivate them to perform at a higher level than they have shown at any time in this 2015-2016 Season.
After all, when teams have no chance of getting to the playoffs, they find desire and determination in the knowledge that they can derail an opponent that does have a chance of playing in January.
Of course, San Diego’s management will be using the games remaining on the schedule to evaluate personnel. Players that perform up to expectations will find they have a roster spot next season. Those who underperform may find themselves at risk and without a guaranteed job a year from now.
With so much on the line for individual players, it seems logical to expect that the undermanned Chargers will rise up and play well this Sunday against a team, the Kansas City Chiefs, that needs to keep winning games in order to reach the postseason.
It is well known in football circles that teams that visit Kansas City have a hard time winning the game. But motivation can often get athletes to overcome the toughest obstacles, such as a loud, boisterous and intimidating home crowd.
For that reason, it will be interesting to see if San Diego can present a formidable challenge to the superior Kansas City Chiefs.
Courtesy of ESPN