Report Card: Chiefs vs. Chargers

From Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California

RUSHING OFFENSE: D – Running back by committee was not able to get it done for the Chiefs against the Chargers. Four backs carried it 26 times for just 80 yards. Dexter McCluster broke a couple runs at 16 and 10 yards. Thomas Jones just looked slow as he got 14 carries, but produced 31 yards. There were yards available against the Chargers and the Chiefs couldn’t take advantage.

PASSING OFFENSE: D – Just nothing much to indicate that the K.C. passing attack is coming alive in any fashion. QB Matt Cassel’s completion percentage keeps going up, but the completions aren’t really producing anything in the way of yardage. They finally broke free with a 43-yard completion to WR Steve Breaston that set up the one-yard TD pass to TE Leonard Pope. Pass protection was OK. WR Dwayne Bowe continues to be a bright spot.

RUSHING DEFENSE: D – The defense was unable to control Chargers RB Ryan Mathews, who ran for 98 yards on 21 carries. His longest run was 14, but he scored two touchdowns and always seemed to pick up the big yardage when needed.

PASSING DEFENSE: D – We must give the Chiefs credit for a pair of interceptions and a couple of sacks of San Diego QB Phillip Rivers. But the Chargers really spread the ball around, as seven guys caught passes, including three receivers for 50 yards or more.

SPECIAL TEAMS: C – For the first time this year, the special teams provided plays that put the Chiefs in position to possibly win the game. P Dustin Colquitt had a big day, averaging 45.5 yards per kick. Javier Arenas had two nice returns, a 37-yard run with a punt return and a 35-yard run with a kick return. Only black mark was Ryan Succop’s FG miss from 38 yards.

COACHING: D – It’s the first game this season that the coaches have not receiving a failing game. Romeo Crennel had a good plan overall that kept Chargers QB Phillip Rivers under pressure. On offense, the first half was laughable, as the Chiefs couldn’t even get a first down. But whatever adjustments were made at half-time worked and the offense got something going. Again there was no question about the effort, so give Todd Haley credit for keeping the boat floating, even under heavy waves.

2 Responses to “Report Card: Chiefs vs. Chargers”

  • September 26, 2011  - Kiowa says:

    Only blackmark for special teams was a missed field goal? I would call it the kiss of death considering they lost by 3.

  • September 26, 2011  - ED J says:

    i would give pass defense B for creating 2 turnovers.

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