Chiefs flexed out of Sunday Night Football


The Kansas City Chiefs were slated to play the San Diego Chargers in Week 11 at Qualcomm Stadium on Sunday Night Football. However, the league and NBC has announced that the game will be flexed out of primetime, mostly because of the struggles for both teams thus far. The game has been placed at 4:25 p.m. EST, replaced by the Arizona Cardinals and Cincinnati Bengals.

Kansas City is 3-5 and San Diego is 2-6, and both are toward the bottom of the heap in the AFC. Despite playing better football over the last two weeks, there is a very good chance the Chiefs will be 3-6 by the time they arrive in San Diego.

Meanwhile, the Chargers are an absolute disaster. San Diego is losing players left and right, including running back Branden Oliver and wide receiver Keenan Allen this weekend. Both have been placed on injured reserve. San Diego is also dealing with injuries to left tackle King Dunlap and safety Eric Weddle.

Regardless of when the game is played, this is going to be an enormous contest for Kansas City. The Chiefs have to sweep the Chargers and likely the Oakland Raiders if they want any shot at going to the playoffs for the second time in three years under head coach Andy Reid. Considering how banged up and beaten down San Diego is, Kansas City should be able to beat it regardless of venue.

Hopefully the Chiefs can get rolling and make a really strong push toward the playoffs in the second half of the season, perhaps even earning a primetime game back.