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“This is a result-driven business we’re in and … when you don’t get results, you don’t feel good about it,” coach Romeo Crennel told the team’s official website.

“Everybody is frustrated about losing ? players, coaches, fans, owners, everybody. What we want or what we need is, we need to try to win a game to make us feel better, give us a little confidence and then if you win one, then maybe we can win another one.”

The Chiefs, giving up 126.1 rushing yards per contest, could catch a break with Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart uncertain to play after suffering a high ankle sprain Monday. Carolina, which also lost defensive tackle Ron Edwards to a season-ending dislocated left elbow in that game, is expected to give DeAngelo Williams his first start since Week 5 if Stewart can’t go.

The Panthers, seeking a third straight win in this series, took the last matchup 34-0 on Oct. 5, 2008, behind 123 rushing yards and two scores from Williams.

With left tackle Branden Albert out with an injury, and veteran guard Ryan Lilja now at center because of another injury, Kansas City’s reshuffled line looked nothing like coach Romeo Crennel expected when he broke training camp a few months ago.

But lo and behold, with rookies Donald Stephenson and Jeff Allen starting alongside Lilja, the patchwork offensive line played well in a 17-9 loss to the Broncos, providing the shakiest of silver linings to the eighth straight loss in a season of misery.

“If they play with that kind of attitude and energy, like I tell them — that kind of energy and effort, that makes everything better for everybody,” Crennel said.

The 2013 NFL draft is going to be important in the AFC West.

The 1-10 Kansas City Chiefs are on pace to get the No. 1 pick and the 3-8 Oakland Raiders and 4-7 Chargers are not far behind. As of now, Oakland is on pace for the No. 4 pick and the Chargers are on pace for the No. 7 pick.

So, it’s time to think ahead.

That is exactly what Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay have done for this week’s Hot Read. Let’s highlight some of parts of the project that are of interest in the AFC West.

Outside linebacker Tamba Hali joined the Chiefs’ list of walking wounded when he was held out of practice Wednesday because of a knee injury.

Hali, who is second on the team with six sacks, has missed just one game in his seven-year career because of injury, in 2008. Hali also missed the season opener against Atlanta because of a one-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, and Andy Studebaker started in his place.

Besides Hali, the following Chiefs did not practice: wide receiver Dexter McCluster (head); offensive tackle Branden Albert (back); safety Kendrick Lewis (shoulder) and center Ryan Lilja (knee).

ohnson, who turned 30-years old six days ago, has 841-career stops, fifth best in team history. Last season, he set a Chiefs single-season record with 179 tackles (131 solo) and during the 2012 campaign, DJ leads the team with 92-total tackles (81 solo).

But Johnson will be the last person to tell you his numbers, at least until his playing career is over.

“I’m trying to get better as a player, trying to be consistent as a player and when you do that, you kind of don’t worry about the individual accolades. At the end of the day, at the end of my career, I’ll look back and see how many tackles I have, see how many interceptions, see what production I had but at the time while I’m here, I’m trying to help my teammates win, that’s my main goal and to take care of my body because that’s my money maker,” Johnson said.

In the fast-paced, high-impact game of football, many factors have enabled DJ’s motor to run at the same high-capacity now as when he inked his first deal with the Chiefs in 2005.

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