Monday, September 13, 2010
Chargers get BBQ'ed in Kansas City
The Chargers got on the board first, with Philip Rivers hooking up with trusty Tight End Antonio Gates for a three yard Touchdown, and the Chargers were in business, up 7-0.
The Chiefs struck right back, with Jammal Charles streaking for a 56 yard run, in a play that made Eric Weddle look ridiculous. Take better angles, my friend.
The much hyped Ryan Mathews made his NFL debut, and looked good early, and busted a nice 15 yard run, but was stripped by linebacker Derrick Johnson, and Brandon Carr recovered the fumble, setting up the Chiefs second touchdown, and gave them a lead they would relinquish. Mathews finished his debut with 19 carries, for 75 yards. Honestly, that's what I expected from him.
The electric rookie, Dexter Mccluster put the Chiefs up 21-7 with a 94 yard punt return, the longest the Chargers have ever allowed. Watching Mccluster reminded me of Tamarick Vanover in the 90's. Mccluster is a playmaker.
The Chargers battled back with a 5 play, 91 yard drive, capped off with a 59 yard touchdown reception by Legedu Naanee. The Chargers pulled to 21-14, but could not finish the last two drives, failing to convert two fourth downs in the third quarter. The Chiefs jump out to a lead in the AFC West.
Kevin Says: Another year, and the Chargers are already in a hole. Lose next week, and they will be in big trouble. Overall, the Chargers were brutal on special teams. Kassim Osgood, the three-time Pro Bowler, was sorely missed. The Chargers defense overall was good enough, they only allowed Quarterback Matt Cassell to throw for 62 yards. Philip Rivers just couldn't make a play in the end, the Chiefs did a wonderful job of smothering Antonio Gates. Chargers get Jacksonville next week.
Key Players for Chargers: Philip Rivers: 22-39, 298 yds, 2 TD's, 0 INT's, 98.0 QB rating. Ryan Mathews: 19 Carries, 75 Yds, 3.9 Average. Legedu Naanee: 5 catches, 110 Yds, 1 TD. Antonio Gates: 5 Catches, 76 Yds, 1 TD. Steve Gregory lead the defense with 7 tackles, and Shaun Phillips had the only sack.
Posted by Kevin Charity at 11:27 PM