The Chargers vs. Chiefs game will open both teams’ Monday night schedule. This Chargers vs. Chiefs game will be the first of two that they play against each other this season, and it will serve as a primetime game for West Coast viewers. There are two Monday night football games during week 1 of the NFL schedule, and the Chargers vs. Chiefs will be the second one of the night. Kickoff is set for 7:15 p.m. PST (10:15 p.m. EST) and will be broadcast live on ESPN for all fans, with the game taking place at Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium.
There are two ways to look at the Chargers vs. Chiefs game on Monday, but ESPN definitely wants viewers to look at it in a specific light. ESPN is hoping that viewers tune in for an exciting divisional game between two rivals from the AFC West, and that the promise of a new season will keep everyone interested in both teams. They are both 0-0 at this point, so all of the hope and promise for both teams still exist. The second way to look at the game is far less flattering, though, as a Kansas City Chiefs team that has underperformed these past few years will host the defending AFC West champions in a game that could become one-sided very quickly.
Last year, the San Diego Chargers went 13-3 on their way to the second-best record in the AFC and a first-round playoff bye. Kansas City, on the other hand, finished in last place in the AFC West with a record of 4-12, which also ended up being the worst record in the AFC. 2008 was much worse for the Chiefs, as they went 2-14 to finish with one of the worst records in all of football. The question Chiefs fans have to be asking is whether they need to temper expectations for the 2010 NFL season, or if they think the addition of Eric Berry at safety will improve the defense just enough to make this team relevant again.
It is definitely what they say about the new season bringing with a clean slate, and the Chiefs are hoping that starting quarterback Matt Cassel and talented running back Jamaal Charles are set to put up some impressive numbers in 2010. They will get their first shot against a Chargers team that is returning Pro Bowl quarterback Philip Rivers and Pro Bowl tight end Antonio Gates. The Chargers might look a lot different without running back LaDainian Tomlinson and wide receiver Vincent Jackson, but they still look very talented on paper. Both teams get their first shot at grabbing first place in the 2010 AFC West standings on Monday night.