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Chargers are 10.5-point road underdogs vs. Chiefs

In this ESPN Insider piece, handicapper Dave Tuley writes that the San Diego Chargers opened as 10.5-point underdogs on the road against the Kansas City Chiefs.

If the draft were held today, the Chargers would have the No. 3 pick.

My take: Not a surprising spread considering the Chargers lost to the Chiefs by 30 points just a month ago at home. With the Chargers playing three of their final four games on the road against AFC West opponents, they could be in position to have the No. 1 pick by the end of the season.

* Nick Canepa of The San Diego Union-Tribune writes that the Chargers owe the fans an apology for the way they’ve played on the field and handled things off it, including not announcing the re-signing of general manager Tom Telesco because they thought it might create a distraction.

Canepa: “This organization has become unfathomable. Not only is it playing bad football, but its we-don’t-give-a-damn-about-you-off-the-field shenanigans have made no sense. Look, if they leave, they leave, but there’s no excuse to urinate on an entire city that has supported them for more than a half-century.”

My take: It’s hard to argue with anything Canepa wrote. The fans deserve better.

* Rick Drummond of Pro Football Focus writes that Philip Rivers was pressured on 20 of his 39 drop-backs in Sunday's loss to the Broncos. Tackle Chris Hairston and guard Orlando Franklin received their worst grades of the season.

My take: It’s not surprising those three players struggled facing perhaps the best pass rush in the NFL. The troubling thing is San Diego knew that going in, but didn’t appear to have an answer for it.

* John Breech of CBS Sports gives the Chargers a 'D' grade for their performance against the Broncos.

My take: The Chargers need to find a way to consistently score points. The defense gave up just 10 points against the Broncos.