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Chiefs show improvement, short-lived as it may be

Published: Monday, Sept. 26 2011 4:30 p.m. MDT

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel is sacked by San Diego Chargers defensive end Vaughn Martin (92) , and outside linebacker Shaun Phillips (95) in the second half of an NFL football game  Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, in San Diego.  (Lenny Ignelzi, Associated Press) Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel is sacked by San Diego Chargers defensive end Vaughn Martin (92) , and outside linebacker Shaun Phillips (95) in the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, in San Diego. (Lenny Ignelzi, Associated Press)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs showed signs of hope for the first time all season Sunday. The problem is almost every sign was closely followed by a reason to be disappointed.

Leonard Pope scores a touchdown and is called for unsportsmanlike conduct for taking off his helmet. Brandon Flowers picks off a pass and returns it 43 yards, but is hurt on the play. The offense puts together a 21-play drive and can only get a field goal.

Chiefs coach Todd Haley would rather dwell on the positives, and for good reason. Kansas City is off to an 0-3 start after a 20-17 loss to the Chargers, with the other defeats coming in lopsided fashion.

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