Chiefs Searching for First Win at Arrowhead in 2012

Posted Sep 27, 2012

Playing for first place in AFC West

“Must-win” chatter had surrounded the week three match-up of two winless teams; the Chiefs and the Saints. After back-to-back losses the Chiefs fully realized it was time to end their drought and come home with a victory while resurrecting their confidence. At the Superdome, the Chiefs started slowly but rallied in bullying fashion to earn their first win of the season in the Crescent City.

Not only did the Chiefs come home with a win, but they also managed to rewrite history as well. Jamaal Charles, recently named AFC Offensive Player of the week, is now the only player in franchise history with multiple runs of at least 80 yards and also broke a franchise-best 91 yard touchdown scamper that pushed a 32 year record set by Running Back, Ted McKnight into second place. It was the first time the Chiefs had gained over 500 total yards since the 2010 season. Compounding the historical day and Charles’ efforts, Ryan Succop became the first Chiefs kicker to convert six field goals in a single game. Justin Houston, although far from Derrick Thomas’ record of seven sacks, had a banner day, recording three sacks and the first safety of the season for Kansas City. All of this, and the Chiefs managed to break records in the making as they ended Saints QB, Drew Brees’ streak of nine consecutive games with 300 or more yards passing holding him to 240 on the afternoon.

In week four, the Chiefs face the San Diego Chargers (2-1) at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City will be fighting for their first win at home in the 2012 campaign as well as a stake for first place in the AFC West.

Head coach, Romeo Crennel, is focused on improving the squad and clinching another win.

“Today, we start our preparation for our division game against the Chargers on Sunday. The focus and concentration is on getting better and trying to eliminate any negative plays that we had so that we can give ourselves the best chance in that game.”

QB Matt Cassel knows the Chargers will bring a strong game and that the Chiefs need to be prepared.

“We’re going to have to come with our hard hats and be ready to play. It’s going to be a physical game, which it always is. It’s a divisional rivalry, and we’re excited about the opportunity and what we’re playing for.”

Chargers QB Philip Rivers is also aware of what’s up for grabs and understands the difficulty of playing on the road at Arrowhead Stadium.

“This fourth game kind of finishes off that first quarter of the season and it’s going to be a tough one. It’s a great place to play, tough place to play, it’s a division game and both teams know each other very well. A lot of the players are the same that they were the last few years, obviously there have been some changes and some swapped over. We have three guys that we were playing against last year in this game. I think there is a good familiarity as is most division opponents and it’ll be a heck of a game.”

To mirror Rivers, it should be “a heck of game.” With the Chargers coming off of a 27-3 loss against the Atlanta Falcons, they are likely to bring a challenge.

Arrowhead will be packed on Sunday with Chiefs fans ready to celebrate at home, ready for their team to stake their claim in the West, and ready to witness their Kansas City Chiefs claim another victory. It should be noted, that the past two visits to Arrowhead for the Chargers have ended in them flying home in defeat. Let’s hope history continues and so does the trend of the winning Chiefs.

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