SAN DIEGO (AP/CBS) – The San Diego Chargers picked up right where they left off in January.

Eight months after stumbling out of the playoffs against the New York Jets, the Chargers lost 21-14 as road favorites against the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night.

It’s another slow start during Norv Turner’s tenure as head coach. In the last three years the Chargers started 2-3.

Before the season, Turner said he thinks this team can be the best in his four seasons as head coach.

The Chargers were without holdout left tackle Marcus McNeill and Pro Bowl wide receiver Vincent Jackson. Even if Jackson had signed the contract he was tendered as a restricted free agent, he would have been sidelined due to a three-game NFL suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

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