Chiefs' glimmer of hope: Next two foes currently winless

If the Kansas City Chiefs aren't careful over the next couple of weeks, they might just play themselves right out of the Andrew Luck sweepstakes.

As poorly as the Chiefs have played - and it was bad enough that Sunday's 20-17 loss to San Diego was considered something to build on - they face two teams who are struggling as much or more than they are in their next two games.

On Sunday, the Chiefs welcome the Minnesota Vikings to Arrowhead Stadium. After blowing a double-digit lead for the third straight week in Sunday's OT loss to Detroit, the Vikings are kicking around the idea of signing Mariano Rivera in an effort to find a way to close out a win.

Then, following that, the Chiefs face another struggling team in the Peyton Manning-less Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on Oct. 9.

For the Chiefs, who have had nothing but misfortune and mistakes during the early part of the season, this two-game stretch is a chance to either regain some measure of respectability, or to become literally one of the teams to beat in the running for the first overall draft pick. Either way, the Chiefs could use a little Luck.

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