Tough Start In Home Opener vs Chiefs
Coming into season opener the Chiefs won the last eight games which is a franchise record. The Chiefs made that number nine straight with a dominant 38-28 win. Deja vu for chargers fans as the Special Teams miscues continue and the defense not stepping up not causing a turnover once. Without the presence of Joey Bosa (foot injury) and Corey Luiget (suspended for the first four games) the pass defense wasn’t there to pressure QB Patrick Machomes. The only sack recorded was from rookie S Derwin James, his first career sack, on a corner blitz. Right after the sack he also made a big play to break up a TD pass early in the second quarter. That wasn't enough because Mahomes went off, for 256 yards 4 TD 0 INT and a QB rating of 127. Despite a great performance from Philip Rivers the receivers dropped wide open passes that could've changed the games outcome.
Special Teams has been a haunting shadow that has been over the Chargers head since last year. It continues with the first punt on the first drive was returned from, the dangerous speedy wideout, Tyreek Hill aka Cheetah for 91 yards. Another mistake was a fumble on a attempted return inside of the Chargers own 20 yard line, by rookie wideout JJ Jones, that the Chiefs recovered on the 6 yard line. Kansas City executed plays later on a 6 yard TD Rec from once again Tyreek Hill. Which made the score 38-20 with 10 minutes left in the 4th quarter. K Caleb Sturgis had the chance to cut the score down to one possession with less than 4 minutes left but missed a 42-yard FG . With only one sack from rookie S Derwin James the Chargers didn’t have much of a pass rush.
Offensively the Chargers looked great. Great outings from Philip Rivers with 424 yards 3 TD and 1 INT. The interception was made by S Ron Parker who made a nice read in between two receivers and returned it into Chargers territory. Yet another blow to help prevent the Chargers from scoring. Another bright outing was from both RB in Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler. Both combined to rush for 103 yards and received for 189 yards. Including a dime from Rivers, while getting tackled, threw it up for Ekeler for a beautiful TD. The Chargers wide receivers combined to drop 4 passes in the first half alone. Three of them were in the end zone by slightly overthrown passes but catchable balls. Costly mistakes like dropped passes had a big impact on what contributed to the lost.
Next week the Chargers are at Buffalo who is also 0-1. It’s a favorable matchup due to the fact the Bills gave up 47 points to an offensively talented Ravens. On top of that the Chargers blew the brakes off the Bills last year Week 11 final score 54-24. The defense cause six turnovers and I can see the same coming Week 2. With hopefully a healthy Joey Bosa, foot injury still uncertain, back in the line up the Chargers pass defense can make plays to turnover the ball.