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Are K.C. Chiefs in trouble?

What seemed like a routine game sandwiched between battles with the Denver Broncos became anything but. First, the host Kansas City Chiefs lost top pass rushers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston to first-half injuries against the San Diego Chargers. Then K.C. lost a late lead, allowing Philip Rivers to lead a last-minute comeback in a wild 41-38 win for S.D. This is the Chiefs' second straight loss, dropping them to 9-2 heading into next Sunday's meeting with Denver. The prognosis for their top defenders is currently unknown.

What do you make of the Chiefs' 41-38 home loss vs. the Chargers?

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  • How worried should Chiefs fans be about the injuries (timetable unknown) to pass rushers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston?

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  • Are the Chiefs legitimate Super Bowl contenders?

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  • Which team will win next Sunday's game vs. Denver?

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  • Which player is more important to the Chiefs' defense?

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Drew Brees threw for 392 yards and contributed 20 first-down passes to the Saints' NFL single-game record 40 first downs in a rout of the Cowboys. Peyton Manning's 330 yards in a win over the Chargers gave him 3,249 total yards on the season -- a record for the most passing yards through the first nine games. Both have proved to be worthy of MVP honors, but whose play has stood out more? Below are the 10 players NFL Nation reporter Dan Graziano has in his weekly MVP watch. Click the images below to set your own rankings!

2013 NFL MVP Watch

Drew Brees

Drew Brees

Saints QB
3,064 yards, 25 TDs, 7 INTs, 68.0 CMP%

Jamaal Charles

Jamaal Charles

Chiefs RB
170 carries, 725 yards, 6 TDs

Tamba Hali

Tamba Hali

Chiefs LB
30 tackles, 4 FF, INT

Calvin Johnson

Calvin Johnson

Lions WR
53 catches, 904 yards, 9 TDs

Andrew Luck

Andrew Luck

Colts QB
2,198 yards, 14 TDs, 6 INTs, 58.8 CMP%

Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning

Broncos QB
3,249 yards, 33 TDs, 6 INTs, 71.0 CMP%

LeSean McCoy

LeSean McCoy

Eagles RB
193 carries, 932 yards, 3 TDs

Cam Newton

Cam Newton

Panthers QB
1,970 yards, 13 TDs, 8 INTs, 62.7 CMP%

Muhammad Wilkerson

Muhammad Wilkerson

Jets DL
31 tackles, 2 FF, INT

Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson

Seahawks QB
2,132 yards, 17 TDs, 6 INTs, 63.4 CMP%

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So the San Francisco 49ers have good linebackers -- four of the best in the league, in fact. No wonder the team finished third in the league in yards allowed per game and third in points in 2012. Where do these Bay Area aces rank among all of the league's LBs? Click the images below to set your rankings!

Rank 'Em: MVP | QBs | RBs | WRs | TEs | DLs | DBs | Offensive ROY | Defensive ROY

NFL linebackers in 2013

NaVorro Bowman

NaVorro Bowman

49ers
2012: 148 tackles, 2 sacks, FF, INT

Lance Briggs

Lance Briggs

Bears
2012: 103 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2 FF, 2 INT

Ahmad Brooks

Ahmad Brooks

49ers
2012: 46 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 2 FF, INT

Brian Cushing

Brian Cushing

Texans
2012: 30 tackles, FF, INT

Tamba Hali

Tamba Hali

Chiefs
2012: 51 tackles, 9 sacks, FF

Derrick Johnson

Derrick Johnson

Chiefs
2012: 125 tackles, 2 sacks, 3 FF

Luke Kuechly

Luke Kuechly

Panthers
2012: 164 tackles, 1 sack, 2 INT

Sean Lee

Sean Lee

Cowboys
2012: 58 tackles, FF, INT

Clay Matthews

Clay Matthews

Packers
2012: 43 tackles, 13 sacks, FF

Jerod Mayo

Jerod Mayo

Patriots
2012: 147 tackles, 3 sacks, 4 FF, INT

Von Miller

Von Miller

Broncos
2012: 68 tackles, 18.5 sacks, 6 FF, INT

Brian Orakpo

Brian Orakpo

Redskins
2012: 5 tackles, sack, FF

Terrell Suggs

Terrell Suggs

Ravens
2012: 22 tackles, 2 sacks

Aldon Smith

Aldon Smith

49ers
2012: 66 tackles, 19.5 sacks, 3 FF, INT

Patrick Willis

Patrick Willis

49ers
2012: 120 tackles, 0.5 sacks, 2 FF, 2 INT

Lamarr Woodley

Lamarr Woodley

Steelers
2012: 38 tackles, 4 sacks, FF, INT

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