National Football League
              === Chiefs hope to bounce back by solving Rivers, Chargers ===
 ( - The Kansas City Chiefs are looking to do something they
 haven't had to do yet this season under head coach Andy Reid: bounce back from
 a loss.
 The Chiefs try to avoid a second setback in a row on Sunday when they play
 host to a San Diego Chargers team in the midst of a three-game slide.
 Kansas City opened up its inaugural campaign under Reid by winning its first
 nine games and was the lone unbeaten team left in the league ahead of last
 Sunday night's matchup with the high-powered Denver Broncos.
 Coming out of their bye, the Chiefs never led and dropped a 27-17 decision,
 falling to 9-1 on the year and into a tie for first place in the AFC West with
 the Broncos.
 Alex Smith threw for 230 yards and a pair of touchdown passes while also
 rushing for 52 yards, but Kansas City's solid defense yielded 427 yards of
 offense to the Peyton Manning-led Broncos.
 "(The Broncos) got us today," Reid said. "We'll bounce back, we'll learn from
 our mistakes. There are plenty of things we can learn from here and get those
 Reid was denied in his first bid at becoming the 21st coach in NFL history to
 win 150 games, including the playoffs.
 Jamaal Charles ran for 78 yards on 16 carries and both Dwayne Bowe and Anthony
 Fasano hauled in touchdown passes. Bowe ended with four catches despite
 getting targeted 14 times.
 Kansas City is 5-0 at home this season and will play two straight at Arrowhead
 Stadium, including a rematch with the visiting Broncos on Dec. 1.
 While the Chiefs are still in excellent standings with regards to a playoff
 berth, the Chargers' three-game slide has dropped the club to 4-6, putting it
 behind a pair of 5-5 clubs in the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets for the
 second wild card spot in the AFC.
 San Diego lost ground this last weekend with a 20-16 setback to Miami. The
 Chargers have lost their past three games by a combined 18 points.
 Philip Rivers threw for 298 yards with a touchdown while also getting
 intercepted once. Tight end Antonio Gates hauled in a five-yard score, but San
 Diego twice had to settle for field goals from Nick Novak from inside 30
 Novak was also good on a 50-yard try.
 "We made too many mistakes from start to finish," Chargers head coach Mike
 McCoy said. "We hurt ourselves way too much today."
 Ryan Mathews rushed for 127 yards on 19 carries for the Chargers, who have won
 eight of their last 10 versus the Chiefs.
 Kansas City ranks second in football with 13.8 points allowed per game, and
 Denver became the first team this season to post more than 17 points against
 the Chiefs.
 The Chiefs didn't have to put too much blame on themselves, instead becoming
 just another team to fall victim to the hot Manning. Kansas City only turned
 the ball over once and also had a takeaway of its own, keeping its turnover
 margin at an NFL-best plus-15.
 Kansas City is tied for second in the NFL with 36 sacks, but failed to bring
 down Manning even once. It will try to get the pass rush back on track versus
 the Chargers and that should come from linebackers Justin Houston and Tamba
 The duo have combined for 20 sacks this season and Hali has 10 1/2 sacks in
 his career versus the Chargers.
 San Diego, though, is tied for fourth in the NFL with just 19 sacks allowed.
 That kind of protection has allowed Rivers to shine. He is 11 yards shy of his
 eighth straight 3,000-yard season and has a league-high 70.9 completion
 percentage. That pace could see him challenge Drew Brees' 2011 single-season
 record of 71.2 percent.
 Rivers and Gates hooked up for the 59th time in the end zone last weekend, the
 most by a quarterback-tight end tandem in NFL history.
 Gates, meanwhile, needs just two receptions and 15 receiving yards to become
 the fourth tight end in NFL annuals to have at least 700 catches and 9,000
 yards. He seems likely to reach that mark in this game and has 13 career
 touchdown grabs versus the Chiefs.
 Though Kansas City's offense ranks 24th in the NFL with 320.0 yards per game,
 it is fifth in time of possession, holding the ball just over 32 minutes per
 game. That is in large part to Smith's safeness with the ball and Charles'
 ability to move the chains.
 Smith has been picked off only four times, while Charles leads the AFC with
 118.6 scrimmage yards per game. The only thing missing from the back's game
 this season is the big plays he is accustomed to ripping off.
 However, he is averaging 5.3 yards per carry in his career versus the
 Charles could find some room against a San Diego defense that gives up a
 league-high 6.3 yards per play. It ranks 16th against the run as well.
 Safety Eric Weddle leads the Chargers with 70 tackles and picked up his first
 sack of the season last weekend, one of four posted by the club against the
 Dolphins. Weddle has four interceptions his past four games against the
 San Diego has given Kansas City plenty of struggles in the recent past and
 Rivers has been a big part of that. He is 10-4 versus the Chiefs as a starter
 and is putting together an excellent 2013 campaign.
 Facing Rivers could be a concern for the Chiefs, who outside of the Manning
 brothers and Dallas' Tony Romo have been blessed with facing a number of
 backup and hobbled quarterbacks.
 That could make this interesting, but last week's loss and the tightness of
 the AFC West prevents this from being a trap game for the Chiefs.
 "You know, it's still early. I think a lot of guys on the plane ride back were
 certainly disappointed, as we should have been," said Smith. "But I think guys
 understand we've still got everything ahead of us. Everything we want is still
 ahead of us. We can't have an emotional letdown off of a big week last week."
 Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Kansas City 23, Chargers 17
 11/22 09:17:30 ET