Monday, September 13, 2010

Chargers get BBQ'ed in Kansas City

Another year, another slow start.  The Chargers dropped their opening game of the 2010 NFL season, losing to the Kansas City Chiefs 21-14, in Arrowhead Stadium.

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.

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