You could probably make a case that the two worst coaches in the NFL reside in the AFC West: San Diego’s Norv Turner and Kansas City’s Romeo Crennel.
If the Chargers somehow lose this Thursday Night Football matchup at home as more than touchdown favorites, Turner could conceivably be the first coach fired of the 2012 season.
What follows is a breakdown of the point spread for the game, with news, notes, quotes and anecdotes to help you make your bets.
Keep in mind: The “edge” is merely a suggestion, and not something we necessarily recommend playing.
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CHIEFS AT CHARGERS, 8:20 P.M. ET
OPENING POINT SPREAD: San Diego -8.5 | CURRENT: San Diego -7.5 | OVER/UNDER: 42.5 | TV: NFL
SUMMARY: It might seem like a rather large point spread for a team that enters this game on a three-game losing streak, but the Chiefs have the NFL’s second-worst point differential (minus-89) and five of their six losses have come by double digits. One of those, of course, was at home against San Diego in Week 4, a 37-20 stinker in which Kansas City committed six turnovers. The total has already dropped a full point from the opener, crossing the key number of 43.
STORYLINES: Turner addressed the “hot seat” rumors with the media this week.
“All of those … conversations, they’re going to take place and you know they’re going to take place,” he said, “but for the most part, I’ve been able to keep a focus on what we need to do.”
For the most part.
Luckily for Turner, he gets a Kansas City team that hasn’t even held a lead all season. The last team to accomplish that dubious feat was the 1940 Eagles. The Chiefs rank 28th in scoring (17.1), 30th in yards per pass attempt (5.9) and 27th in opponent yards per play (6.1). Making matters even worse, they’re last in the league (by far) with a minus-18 turnover differential.
“Every time (any Chiefs player) has the ball in their hands,” Crennel said this week, “the ball is going to be stripped.”
Matt Cassel, who’s accounted for six TD passes and 17 turnovers in six starts, will get the start with Brady Quinn sidelined.
EDGE: This is a true “pick your poison” type of matchup. You either have to lay a lot of points with a team and coach that has consistently underachieved the past few years, or you take what could be the worst team in the NFL. There is simply no “edge” to be found in this game, but we’ll fictitiously give one to San Diego.