Philip Rivers

Week 9: Hold Your Nose and Take Charge on Thursday

Every now and again you run into a game that is snooze-inducing. A sleeper, a game that just screams, “Ahh, dad, take a nap.” That game goes Thursday night in Week 9 of what has been a pretty good NFL season.

In the opener of Week 9 we get the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Diego Chargers in the “Fire-a-Coach Bowl.”

Philip Rivers

You have to figure that the loser of this one will probably want to go in a new direction. After all, coming out of training camp, both teams ad reasonable talent and high hopes.

Now, however, Kansas City is 1-6 and getting worse every week while San Diego is 3-4 and, well, playing simply horrendous football. The Chargers lost 7-6 in Cleveland last Sunday and while it’s easy to blame the lousy weather, it would more appropriate to blame Norv Turner’s less-than-imaginative offense and QB Philip Rivers; sudden inability to find open receivers.

As a starter at home against Kansas City, Rivers is 5-1 and last year when the Chargers beat the Chiefs 37-20 in Kansas City, Rivers threw two touchdown passes ad posted a quarterback rating of 115.4.

Maybe this is the tonic the Chargers need.

Last week the Doc went 11-3 straight up (71-47) and 10-4 against the spread (50-68) while The Coach went 11-3 (74-44) straight up and 10-4 against the spread (54-64). Much better.

As always, The Doc writes the justifications, The Coach makes snooty remarks.

Jamaal Charles

Kansas City Chiefs (1-6) at San Diego Chargers (3-4) 
Line: Chargers by 7.5.

Yuk. You are probably watching this stinker because Grey’s Anatomy is a rerun. Both coaches are as good as gone at the end of the season, that is if Romeo Crennel is still around that long (who names their kid Romeo anyway). Chargers have won their last four in a row at home against the Chiefs, and quite frankly it doesn’t matter which bum (Cassel or Quinn) gets the start under center for KC, this one will make five. Just don’t take the Chargers to cover the outrageous spread. The Coach says: “This is three hours of my life that I will never get back.”

THE DOC: TAKE THE CHARGERS TO WIN BUT THEY WON’T COVER.

THE COACH: TAKE THE CHARGERS TO WIN AND COVER.

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