To put yesterday's game in perspective we need to recall that Philip Rivers has always been a very good QB. He has had poor performances the past two years due, in large part, to the fact Norv Turner had hit the wall. He had no answers for a talented team that needed a bigger vision and a fresh approach. Mike McCoy has brought that and with it has come a great deal of confidence. Rivers is once again playing like a top 5 QB talent and yesterday it showed. Yes, the injuries to KC's defense made his job easier but the Alex Smith-led Chiefs offense proved it can score at a high level if needed.
The upcoming Denver came is going to be a big test for both teams. Last night's grinding loss certainly took a lot out of Denver both physically and emotionally. They will also be on a short week. This game sets up to be very telling about which team will be the #1 seed in the AFC. (can't believe we can say that about KC given where they were last season but that is what a good QB and coach can do for a team.) I understand that KC continuing to win may move the 49er pick back a few spots but if Baalke is on his game, it should not matter. There will be very little value difference between 25 and 29. Of course if the 49er offense doesn't pick up, they may have the higher pick anyway.