Same song, different verse. The Kansas City Chiefs followed their pattern of turning the ball over far too much during losses with three interceptions and three fumbles and lost to the San Diego Chargers, 37-20, on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.
Kansas City’s ineptitude on offense with five turnovers in the first half hadn’t been seen around these parts since 1991, and it was enough to allow the Chargers to jump out to a 27-6 halftime lead. That alone would send KC to their third loss in four games this season because San Diego is 41-0 all-time as a franchise when scoring 27 or more points in the first half.
Chiefs fans entering the stadium late from tailgating were probably shocked to see the Chargers ahead 17-0 less than 10 minutes into the game. (But then again, maybe they weren’t shocked?) San Diego took the opening kickoff 69 yards in just 7 plays with a touchdown pass from QB Philip Rivers to WR Eddie Royal to open the scoring onslaught. San Diego – 7, Chiefs 0.
Chiefs quarterback, Matt “It’s time to replace me” Cassel threw his first interception of the day on the Chiefs third play of the game, giving Rivers the ball on the Chiefs 28-yard line. KC’s defense held the Chargers to a 24-yard field goal, and that was one of only three first-half highlights for the Chiefs. Chargers – 10, Chiefs -0.
Kansas City’s next offensive series went like this:
- 1st play – False start penalty on TE Tony Moeaki
- 2nd play – Jamaal Charles first fumble of the game, recovered by San Diego on the Chiefs 5-yard line.
Two plays later, former Chiefs running back, Jackie Battle, scored his first of two touchdowns of the day, barreling into the end zone from the 1-yard line. Chargers – 17, Chiefs – 0.
The Chiefs had run exactly five plays and were down 17-0 at the 5:28 mark of the first quarter. Five plays … two turnovers … one penalty. Chiefs football – Catch The Fever!!
Game over and get ready for the red-hot Baltimore Ravens next Sunday at Arrowhead.
However, since the NFL rules state that teams generally MUST play 60 minutes of football, the Chiefs had to stay out on the field for another 54 minutes of torture.
Cassel eventually threw three interceptions, only one of which could be determined to “not be his fault” because it bounced off the hands of Dexter McCluster and into the arms of Chargers CB Antoine Cason. However, the other two were terrible passes. To make matters worse, Cassel had a fumble on a sack that was ruled an incomplete pass by the officials. Maybe Chiefs fans are bitter at this point, but most of them would probably say, “Nah … that was a fumble.”
Charles, coming off his AFC Offensive Player of the Week performance last week against the New Orleans Saints, fumbled the ball twice the first five times he touched the ball, having it ripped out of his arms by aggressive Charger defenders who sensed blood in the water from the Chiefs offense from the get-go.
He somewhat redeemed himself midway through the second quarter when he broke off a 37-yard touchdown run that SHOULD have made the score 20-7 Chargers, but the Chiefs screwed up the snap on the extra point and holder Dustin Colquitt’s desperation pass into the end zone was intercepted.
The Chiefs – still unbelievably in the game after a defensive four-and-out on San Diego’s next series – delivered up the final nail in their coffin when Cassel threw a terrible pass behind Moeaki that bounced off his hands and into the arms of San Diego linebacker, Donald Butler, who returned it 21 yards for a touchdown and a 27-6 San Diego halftime lead.
In 30 minutes of mind-numbingly bad football, Kansas City blew away all good feelings left over from their upset win in New Orleans last week, and fell into last place in the AFC West. Honestly, it’s a place they may not escape from all season long unless they’ve finally figured out how to beat the Oakland Raiders, who are also 1-3 and tied with the Chiefs. San Diego leads the division at 3-1 and the Denver Broncos occupy second place with a 2-2 record after beating Oakland on Sunday.
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