The Chargers went into the a super loud and wet Arrowhead stadium and played well but left with an o-1 record. When I say the team played well I mean that they showed they are a good team which we know. They showed the talent of the Gates, Floyd, and Naanee. Mathews ran well but did not break the big one. The Chargers had the ball for 38 minutes and controlled most of the game. The Chargers looked good but most of the second and third quarter were painful to watch. The Chargers have a lot of young players that are going to asked to step up this year. So in week one it is expected to have some mistakes and not play so fluid especially on the road on Monday night. Rivers played excellent and did everything he could to win the game. With big throw after big throw. The throw he made rolling out to his left to Randy McMicheal can only be made by a few QB’s in the league. Another awesome throw he made was late in the third quarter to Buster Davis across the field where from Rivers’ view he couldn’t even see Buster Davis. The Chargers have one of the top QB’s in the League and he wants to win so bad. Hopefully through the rest of the season the supporting cast will do more to help him and not hold him back. The penalties and mistakes really held the Chargers back. Way to many false start and delay of games mostly by fault of the O-line. Also Mathews ran into Rivers on a play action and caused him to fumble which was a big play. I liked what I saw for the most part but the Chargers are obviously a team that will improve throughout the season. So get ready for another slow start. Although the Chargers schedule is much easier in the beginning of the season and gets pretty tough late. The defense looked pretty good, but stopping the big run plays and special team blunders has been a problem for a couple years now and after last night with the Chiefs explosive players you can see that is the only way the Chiefs could think, they could win the game.
If it wasn’t for poor footing on the goal line on the last drive the Chargers would have tied the game when Buster Davis was wide open on the goal line and his feet came out from under him and the ball sailed over his head. Buster Davis did get into the mix last night and I like what I saw from him. It also looked like when Gates gets double teamed, which he will, Rivers chose Naanee as his go to receiver for big plays. I’m not sure why Mathews was not in the game on the last drive I would have liked to see the Chargers run him once or twice to get closer to the goal line on first or second down, and I would never run Sproles up the middle in the red zone, it hasn’t worked for the Chargers in two years. Think back to the Ravens game and Ray Lewis, that was hard to watch.
Side Note- All three of my fantasy teams are in first place after week one(thanks to Matt Forte) and I’m planning on keeping it that way.
About the Author
Written by Jeff Burke
I am 25 years old living in sunny San Diego. I am married to my beautiful wife Kara. I have been a Chargers and Padres fan through the good times and the bad. I played baseball at Poway high school and Monterey Peninsula college. I have won eight fantasy championships on yahoo since 2001.