Rapid Reaction: Chargers 31, Chiefs 0

SAN DIEGO –- A look at a lopsided game that made the AFC West race interesting again.

What it means: We have a race, folks. The Kansas City Chiefs are now 8-5 and the San Diego Chargers are now 7-6. The Oakland Raiders fell to 6-7 with a loss at Jacksonville. The Chiefs could have all but wrapped up the AFC West with a win, but that was never close to happening Sunday. San Diego dominated. The Chiefs are still in good shape in the division, but the Chargers aren’t giving them anything for free.

Tomorrow’s talker: The Chiefs badly missed quarterback Matt Cassel. He was out after having an appendectomy Wednesday. His backup, Brodie Croyle, could not move the Chiefs’ offense and the Chargers focused on stopping Kansas City's potent ground game. Croyle completed 7 of 17 passes for 40 yards. The Chiefs desperately need Cassel to return next week.

Trending: The San Diego defense is back. After giving up 251 yards on the ground against Oakland in a 15-point home loss last week, San Diego, which entered the Oakland game as the No. 1 ranked defense in the NFL, held the Chiefs to 67 total yards. San Diego had 426 yards of offense.

What’s next: The Chargers end a three-game home stand in an 11-day stretch by hosting San Francisco on Thursday. Kansas City has a short road trip to St. Louis in its final road game of the season. The Chiefs are 6-0 at home and 2-5 on the road.