San Diego — The guy who could be a difference-maker for Kansas City against the streaking San Diego Chargers was wearing lightning bolts on his helmet four weeks ago.
Wide receiver Chris Chambers was released by the Chargers on Nov. 2 and quickly signed by the Chiefs. He has been spectacular, with two touchdown catches his first game and four catches for 119 yards in Sunday’s overtime shocker over Pittsburgh, including a 61-yard catch-and-run to set up the winning field goal.
He’ll face his old teammates today, when the Chargers (7-3) will try to extend their winning streak to six. They began the streak with a 37-7 rout of the Chiefs (3-7) at Arrowhead Stadium on Oct. 25. Chambers had a key third-down catch the following week in a 24-16 victory against Oakland, then was released the next day.
The Chargers said they made the move because younger players were ready to step up and because Chambers’ production dropped off as he was rotated in and out of the lineup.
Chambers said he has moved on, for the most part. There will still be some emotion.
“Well, I have a chip on my shoulder just from leaving there, to tell you the truth,” he said. “But I’m going to just go out and play the best possible game I can and hopefully make some plays.”
Chambers planned to offer what he could about his old mates to the Chiefs’ coaching staff.
“Everybody knows what everybody’s capable of right now. It just comes down to us executing and stopping those guys. They have some outstanding football players and they’re on a great run right now. Once that team builds confidence and momentum, they’re pretty hard to stop,” Chambers said.
“I’m extremely confident knowing what they’re going to do. They’re a different team from when I left. They’re actually playing a lot better.”