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“You never know what is going to happen,” San Diego defensive lineman Tommie Harris said after the Chargers lost 45-38 to Green Bay on Sunday. “That’s why we just have to bounce back quickly.”

The Chiefs – who came into Week 9 on a four-game win streak — were dismantled 31-3 by the Dolphins. Oakland, in the first start of the Carson Palmer era, was run over 38-24 by the Broncos.

Afterward, Chiefs coach Todd Haley was careful to avoid assigning blame for why his quarterback simply didn’t have time to pivot, scan the field and throw.

“We knew it was going to be a major test,” Haley said. “Without watching the tape, I’m going to be very careful about saying much negative about our guys.”

This isn’t worse. That’s worth pointing out here, right at the beginning, because right now this looks plenty bad.

The Chiefs lost. They lost to a winless team. They lost to a winless team at home. They lost by four touchdowns to a winless team at home. They lost by four touchdowns to a winless team at home even without turning the ball over.

You see what’s happening here: A 31-3 loss to the previously sucking-for-Luck Dolphins at home appears worse and worse the more you look at it.

“One thing we said coming into this game is that this group could pressure the quarterback. They’ve got a bunch of guys that can bring it and they’re not afraid to bring additional players. [Defensive Coordinator Mike] Nolan does a terrific job creating disguise. We knew it was going to be a major test. Watching the tape I’m going to be very careful about saying much negative about our guys because what I saw was a group that kept fighting. That’s kind of been their calling card and I think that will be what serves us well and what allows us to accomplish our goals and make our dreams happen. I like the group, none of that’s changed. We just have to be better across the board.”

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