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For Chiefs, It's Hard to Defend

Sunday, November 28, 2004; Page E08

[San Diego at Kansas City,

1 p.m.]

BREAKDOWN

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10

Number of touchdowns thrown by Chargers quarterback Drew Brees over the last three games

0

Number of interceptions thrown by Brees over that same stretch.

What a bewildering season it has been for the Chiefs (3-7). Their three wins have come over Baltimore, Indianapolis and Atlanta, teams with a combined 23-8 record. But their seven losses have been to teams who are 37-33 (and if you take out Monday's loss to the Patriots (9-1), the teams that have beaten Kansas City are a combined 28-32).

For the second season in a row, the defense is being called the culprit. The Chiefs brought back former coach Gunther Cunningham as defensive coordinator, and just about everyone from a defense that wasn't exactly a strong suit last season. But the defense has had trouble adjusting to Cunningham's blitz-intensive schemes.

If the Chiefs are, once again, Destiny's Doofuses, the Chargers are beginning to look like Destiny's Darlings, especially after last week's game against the Raiders, when Oakland wide receiver Ronald Curry got behind the San Diego secondary but dropped a sure-fire touchdown that would have given the Raiders a lead late in the game. "Everybody always says you've got to have a little luck, and it's really the truth," Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson said.


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