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Chargers exposed in loss to KC; head to Denver to face Manning

  • San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) kneels on the field with San Diego Chargers defensive back Darrell Stuckey (25) after an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in San Diego.  (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

    San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) kneels on the field with San Diego Chargers defensive back Darrell Stuckey (25) after an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)  (The Associated Press)

  • San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) looks up into the stands after an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

    San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) looks up into the stands after an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)  (The Associated Press)

  • San Diego Chargers wide receiver Eddie Royal, right, can't make the catch in the final seconds of the second half as Kansas City Chiefs strong safety Ron Parker defends during an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

    San Diego Chargers wide receiver Eddie Royal, right, can't make the catch in the final seconds of the second half as Kansas City Chiefs strong safety Ron Parker defends during an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)  (The Associated Press)

The AFC West is proving harder for the San Diego Chargers than most people thought it would be.

A week after having to rally to win at lowly Oakland, the Chargers were exposed in a home loss to Kansas City.

Now they've got a short week to prepare to face Peyton Manning and the Broncos in Denver on Thursday night.

A week ago, the Chargers were tied with Dallas and Philadelphia for the NFL's best record. Now the Chargers (5-2) don't even have the best record in the division.

Alex Smith was on the field far more than Philip Rivers was on Sunday, the Chargers were brutal on third down on both sides of the ball and there were too many missed tackles.

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