Top 5 Headlines 12/28: Chiefs vs. Chargers Preview

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1. Chiefs vs. Chargers: Game Preview

By Pete Sweeney - kcchiefs.com

"Entering the practice week, the odds of the Kansas City Chiefs (8-7) making the postseason were already stacked high against them. By losing to Pittsburgh last week, the Chiefs lost control of their own destiny and now need help from the Cleveland Browns and Jacksonville Jaguars.

If the Browns and Jaguars manage to upset their opponents, a win against the San Diego Chargers (9-6) at Arrowhead Stadium will mean a postseason berth, but the Chiefs received news Friday that could make that more difficult."    READ MORE…

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2. Scouting report for Sunday's Chiefs-Chargers game

By Terez Paylor - The Kansas City Star

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Talk about a game that's going to have to be won up front. The Chiefs will be without quarterback Alex Smith, who will miss the game (noon Sunday on CBS, Chs. 5, 13) with a lacerated spleen. That means coach Andy Reid will rely on star running back Jamaal Charles, who only needs 21 yards to surpass the 1,000-yard rushing barrier (again), and promising second-year back Knile Davis. Expect Reid to use misdirection to create creases for those two to run, though an up-and-down offensive line will need to have a good day for it to work. And honestly, they should — the Chargers' front seven is vulnerable against the run. A week ago, they allowed a ridiculous 355 rushing yards in a 38-35 win over the San Francisco 49ers. "    READ MORE…

3. Mailbag: What are Chiefs' chances of making playoffs?

By Adam Teicher - ESPN.com

"@daddyC67- @adamteicher How confident are you? Chiefs playing backup QB, the two teams we need to lose are facing third string QB #ChiefsMail

@adamteicher: Things don't look good for the Chiefs with regard to getting into the playoffs. I still think the Chiefs have a reasonable shot to beat the Chargers even though Chase Daniel will start at quarterback instead of Alex Smith. But that's the easy part. They need the Jacksonville Jaguars to beat the Texans in Houston and the Cleveland Browns to beat the Ravens in Baltimore. I'm not sure either of those games will be even competitive. The Texans and Ravens are favorites by more than a touchdown."    READ MORE…

4. Ex-Mizzou star Daniel has chance to alter course of Chiefs' season -- or his career

By Sean Keeler - Fox Sports Kansas City

"A mildly interesting dance with Team Rivers -- win or stay home, or win and very likely stay home anyway -- is now potentially fascinating, possibly riveting, Week 17 theater. Chase Daniel could forever alter the course of the Kansas City Chiefs' season. Or his career.

Or both. Or neither."    READ MORE…

5. Pivotal game at Arrowhead has Brandon Flowers pumped

By Eric Williams - ESPN.com

"Brandon Flowers expects some anxiety and a few butterflies during warm-ups in his first trip back to Arrowhead Stadium since joining his new team, the San Diego Chargers.

But once he settles in and figures out where the visitors' locker room is, Flowers says it will be a business trip in facing his former team the Kansas City Chiefs, with the focus on getting a victory so the Chargers can advance to the playoffs for a second straight year."    READ MORE…

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