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Halftime report: Chiefs 21, Chargers 14

Updated: 2013-12-31T21:21:52Z


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— It's halftime at Qualcomm Stadium, and the Chiefs lead the Chargers 21-14. Here are some quick observations.

• I'm not totally surprised the Chiefs are leading this thing, despite the fact they're essentially playing their JV squad. Some of these backups have some real talent, and they know they're essentially auditioning for jobs next season. They're going to play hard, considering the circumstances.

• While it’s fun to think the Chiefs’ backups are this talented, I think this is an example of the physical toll starters pay during the season. The Chiefs’ backups are fresh and playing loose with absolutely nothing to lose. These guys have fresh legs and it shows.

• The Chiefs' opening drive was a thing of beauty, backups and all. Some great Knile Davis runs, plus a gorgeous long throw from Chase Daniel to A.J. Jenkins ― two guys who could use a strong performance to assure their place on next year's roster.

• Speaking of Davis and Daniel...what a great first half for both. Daniel has completed 10 of 14 passes for 102 yards and a touchdown. Davis has logged 15 carries for 79 yards and two touchdowns.

• For a guy who doesn't get a ton of reps, cornerback Ron Parker always seems to make plays. He had the strip-sack on Romo in Week 2, didn’t see much more PT until Washington…then he gets a pick in the first quarter.

• It looks like the Chiefs are giving an extended look to Josh Martin. Haven’t seen much of Dezman Moses at outside linebacker.

• Backup tight end Richard Gordon got a lot of work as a blocking tight end. He was signed off the street a few weeks ago.

• Receiver A.J. Jenkins wants a spot on the roster next year. He had a big first-down catch, a great block on the Dexter McCluster touchdown and a 48-yard bomb.

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