December 29, 2013 |
Welcome to Stunned Diego. Not even the most optimistic of Chargers could have realistically predicted what unfolded Sunday, the final day of the NFL regular season, when left-for-dead San Diego somehow found its way into the playoffs. A month ago, the Chargers were 5-7 and roundly written off. Then came a four-game winning streak culminated by a season sweep of the Chiefs. "It's been an unreal ride this year," Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers said in a postgame interview with CBS, his voice cracking.
November 24, 2013 |
Philip Rivers hadn't even reached the airport after Sunday's game in Kansas City, and already his spirits had climbed to 35,000 feet. The San Diego quarterback said he was calling from the team bus, although it sounded closer to cloud nine. "This is one of those games you'll never forget," the elated cellphone Charger said as teammates hollered and laughed in the background, basking in the afterglow of a 41-38 upset of the Chiefs. Rivers clinched the victory with a 26-yard touchdown pass to receiver Seyi Ajirotutu with 24 seconds to play, not only halting San Diego's losing streak at three games but also keeping flickering playoff hopes alive.
November 16, 2013 |
The Kansas City Chiefs (9-0) are the NFL's only undefeated team, and quarterback Alex Smith is playing it close to the protective vest. He's ranked 27th in passing yards, yet has a league-low four interceptions. Kansas City's defense leads in several categories - sacks, takeaways, and efficiency in the red zone and on third downs - - but its keep-it-under-the-speed-limit offense hasn't scored a touchdown in the last six quarters. Sunday night's showdown at Denver (8-1) pits the Broncos' top-ranked offense, averaging 458.7 yards per game, and a Kansas City defense that has surrendered a league-low 12.3 points per game.
September 26, 2013 |
Unless you have a high tolerance for selfish behavior, “Lake Anne” probably won't float your boat. This downbeat new drama about an ex-ballerina and her developmentally disabled son proves a leaky vessel with which to launch the Road Theatre Company's first full season in its impressive second location, a 77-seat performance space in the NoHo Senior Arts Colony. Awash with clumsy, filler-laden scripting and uneven performances, Marthe Rachel Gold's play revolves around Anne (Laurie O'Brien)
September 8, 2013 |
In each of the last 10 seasons, at least one team has gone from worst to first in its division. That's an NFL record. So which team is going to do it this season? The last-place finishers in 2012 were Buffalo, Cleveland, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Philadelphia, Detroit, Carolina and Arizona. The No. 1 candidate is Kansas City, with Coach Andy Reid, quarterback Alex Smith and a roster loaded with Pro Bowl talent. According to Elias Sports Bureau, the 2012 Chiefs were the first team to have six Pro Bowl players and fewer than six victories in a season.
September 4, 2013 |
Sam Farmer's team outlooks are listed in predicted order of finish. WEST DENVER BRONCOS 2012 | 13-3, 1st in West Last year in playoffs | 2012 They're going all the way: The Broncos were 99% of the way to the AFC title game when they blew the coverage against Baltimore, gave up a pivotal touchdown and had their Super Bowl dreams evaporate. Peyton Manning had an MVP-caliber season, the Broncos were even better on defense, and the team is better this year.