Chiefs Play Good Enough To Win, But Lose 20-17

From Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California

It was a lot better performance by the Chiefs on this Sunday.

But it still wasn’t good enough, as they fell to the San Diego Chargers 20-17. They are now 0-3 on the season and ensconced in last place in the AFC West as the calendar turns to October.

Some of those things that so destroyed their chances of winning the first two games and led to them posting an 89-10 scoreboard were not around this weekend. They turned the ball over only once, but it was a big one at the end of the game that ended any comeback hopes. They finished plus-1 on the turnover ratio thanks to a couple of first half interceptions from FS Kendrick Lewis and CB Brandon Flowers.

The offense simply could not sustain anything throughout the afternoon. They were able to do it twice, and it produced their two touchdowns of the afternoon, a pair of scoring throws by QB Matt Cassel. He found WR Dwayne Bowe on a 4-yard score and then in the fourth quarter, hit TE Leonard Pope for a 1-yard TD pass.

On defense, the Chiefs had trouble dealing with Chargers RB Ryan Mathews, who scored on touchdown runs of 2 and 4 yards and had 149 yards in total offense.

5 Responses to “Chiefs Play Good Enough To Win, But Lose 20-17”

  • September 26, 2011  - el cid says:

    Will the Chiefs bring in someone to try kicking the ball better than Succop?, even as a ploy to shut up the media and fans. I am betting they will not.

    Throw this out there…..Ever go to a gift shop on a trip? Remember seeing the three monkeys carved out of wood or stone. Don’t they remind you of Hunt, see no evil, Pioli, speak no evil, and Haley hear no evil. It hit me today, maybe they need to change Arrowhead to the Jungle?

  • September 26, 2011  - Thomas Salmon says:

    Bob, if they really played well enought to win, they would have! I know you’re trying to be optimistic.

    I’m not nearly as quick to condemn everyone in the organization as are some who post here. The owner and GM don’t suit up and play or get involved in play calling and game planning (Al Davis and Jerry Jones excepted).

    The fact is that the offense didn’t even show up until after halftime. The defense showed a few signs of life, and kept the Chiefs in the game.

    As well, it is painfully obvious that the offensive game plans continue to be atrocious and the play calling equally and consistently awful. Much of what may be holding back the offense is absolutely terrible QB play. Despite being by all accounts a wonderful person, it is painfully obvious to those who must endure watching the Chiefs games that Matt Cassel cannot get it done on the field. Give Stanzi some playing time and “hope” for Andrew Luck and better coaching in 2012.

  • September 26, 2011  - Michael says:

    After getting to watch the first half (nfl rewind) I have these observations:

    1. All you cassel bashers need to take a seat. He did not make a bad throw or bad decision; because he was not allow to. Run, Run, dump pass, run, run, dump pass, run, run…etc. What do you expect? Although, he did stare down a few receivers, he does know how to look off db’s.

    2. T Jones is slow motion. You can’t tell me he was running. Time for the pasture old man; damn I miss Mr. Charles.

    3. Run blocking; WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    4. The defensive units are studs. Take away Berry, then Mcgraw (thank…who ever), then we loose Flowers for the game; and still held for 20. STUDS. Way to go guys.

    5. Who the H*LL was call in plays; let me guess the ghost of christmas past. What kind of dry dusty cr*p was that. It’s to bad the atropine and defib did not reach the coaches booth before halftime.

    Finally, leftovers. The hold call on Pope was completely BS; and everyone watching knows it. Just another bad call from bad officials. B.Carr; baby just fall in the ball, damnit. Assignments; please adhere to them. I’ve heard many time that how guys are trying to over compensate, trying to help too much. This couldn’t have been more true than a 3rd down play in the 2nd quarter when Belcher had coverage on the back and over played the run inside. 1st down, and eventually scored a field goal. Minuscule play but could have made a big difference.

    On to the second half.


  • September 26, 2011  - el cid says:

    Heard from real NFL player, did not see the game but he said normally the short passes of Cassel should have been to a deeper receiver and the short guy was a safety valve. So Cassel should have know there were two players in the area but passed to the guy 4 yards away not the deeper guy. He thought it was very unlikely the pass play was designed for 4 yard gains. He also thought the easy answer is Cassel has hurt ribs and cannnot make the deeper throws.

  • September 26, 2011  - ED J says:

    LMAO Romo had punctured lung and broke ribs in overtime against the 49ers last week but still through a strike to some unknown receiver to beat the 49ers last week. As for all Cassel supporters here’s a link of how unclutch this guy is:

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