San Diego sends Kansas City to another defeat

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SAN DIEGO — Antonio Gates caught a 14-yard yard scoring pass from Philip Rivers on the game’s opening drive to snap a streak of six consecutive quarters without a touchdown and the San Diego Chargers went on to a 31-13 victory over the staggering Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night.

The Chiefs, who lost their fifth in a row, committed four more turnovers to run their NFL-high mark to a staggering 29, which have led to 104 points..

Snapping a three-game losing streak might take some heat off coach Norv Turner, who’s been heavily criticized by fans after the Chargers (4-4) blew double-digit, second-half leads in losses to New Orleans and Denver, and then lost 7-6 at Cleveland on Sunday.

The heat will surely intensify on coach Romeo Crennel of the Chiefs (1-7).

EAGLES: Michael Vick remains Philadelphia’s quarterback, for now ... and for the future.

Coach Andy Reid said Thursday he never considered benching Vick, he just wanted to step back and evaluate the beleaguered veteran.

Reid threw his full support behind Vick after practice and was ready to move forward with him under center for Monday’s game at New Orleans (2-5).

Rookie Nick Foles, a preseason star, remains the backup.

“Michael was the quarterback, is the quarterback and will continue to be the quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles,” Reid said. “I can’t make it any more clear than that.”

PATRIOTS: New England obtained cornerback Aqib Talib for its shaky secondary from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Talib will be eligible to play in the Patriots’ next game on Nov. 11 after serving a four-game NFL suspension without pay for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

The Patriots acquired the former first-round draft pick and a seventh-rounder next year for their fourth-round choice in 2013.

New England (5-3) has allowed the fifth most yards passing in the NFL as it enters its bye week.

STEELERS: Are turning their visit to New York this weekend to face the Giants into a day trip.

The Steelers will leave for New York on Sunday morning and depart Sunday evening. NFL teams are required to travel the day before a game. The league allowed the Steelers to alter their plans because the hotel the team is booked to stay at in Jersey City was still without power as of Thursday afternoon.

DOLPHINS: Quarterback Ryan Tannehill remains limited in practice, and his availability for Sunday’s game at Indianapolis is uncertain.


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