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Chiefs confident they won’t have emotional letdown for Chargers game

Updated: 2013-11-22T21:08:49Z


The Kansas City Star

The moment Knile Davis heard the question Tuesday, his face dropped.

This was Tuesday morning, in the middle of the Chiefs' weekly community service project, and Davis was in a good mood. He'd taken a few moments away from helping the kids at Little Blue Elementary write letters to soldiers to answer a reporter's questions, but asked how the Chiefs felt in the aftermath of their 27-17 loss to Denver on Sunday, well, his reaction said it all.

“It was a quiet locker room; we were all disappointed,” Davis said.

Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith conceded the same thing Wednesday.

“I think a lot of guys on the plane ride back were certainly disappointed, as we should have been,” Smith said. “But I think guys understand we’ve still got everything ahead of us. Everything we want is still ahead of us. We can’t have an emotional letdown off of a big week.”

Especially against a San Diego team that enters with a subpar record (4-6) but is frisky and clearly dangerous, though safety Kendrick Lewis stopped short of calling it a “trap” game.

“There are no such things as trap games,” said Lewis, a fourth-year pro. “We’ve got 16 games in the season, 17 (weeks) with the bye week ... and however they line up, we’ve got to play them.”

Tight end Sean McGrath said the Chiefs have already moved on.

“That game is over,” McGrath said. “We’re focused on San Diego right now, and we learned from our mistakes. We came in and watched film and granted, we got them (Denver) again in two weeks, but right now, all of our mindset is on San Diego.”

But while Davis also made it clear he is focused on San Diego, it appears he's gotten over the Chiefs' first loss by acknowledging the fact they will also get another crack at the Broncos on Dec. 1.

“That's the good thing about the situation,” Davis said. “They had us at home ... now we've got them at home.”

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