September 30, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Shaun Draughn (20) is tackled by San Diego Chargers inside linebacker Donald Butler (56) in the second quarter at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE
The 3-1 San Diego Chargers rolled into Kansas City (1-3) on a mission. A mission to show everyone that the previous weeks 27-3 loss to the Atlanta Falcons was an “oopsie”. The Chargers made their point… in the first quarter. Going into the second half the Chargers had already forced five turnovers and the score was 27-6.
The Chiefs were number one going into week four for yards rushing. They have dropped to #2 (behind Redskins) as the Chargers kept them to 119 yards on the ground. The defense was so dominant that it kind of felt like my sons flag team. Everyone was getting a turn at getting great hits and picking off the ball. Bigby, Philips, Liuget, Butley, Weddle, Cason, Martin, Spikes, Jammer and Stuckey either forced a fumble, got a fumble, had an interception or some combination of those. That, my friends, is an impressive list.
I would have liked to see more of that attitude on offense, but Norv kept it conservative. Hitting Battle, Gates and Mathews most of the time and peppering in a little Royal and Floyd here and there for a total of 293 offensive yards. Even though Battle started in the RB slot, Mathews made sure everyone knows he still wants to be our starter. A good adjustment from last week was to not allow Mathews to carry the ball in the red zone. Battle racked up 39 yards on 15 carries, where Mathews had 61 on 14. If we add in their receiving yards, 42-4 and 21-2 it’s pretty close. 81 for Battle and 82 for Mathews. These two will be quite the pair once Mathews is completely healed.
Rivers looked great. A few forced passes, one for an unfortunate interception, but all in all a great performance. He threw for 209 yards and two touchdowns
On the Chiefs side of the ball Matt Cassel threw for 251 yards and two touchdowns, but he also had three first-half interceptions. Jamaal Charles followed his big game last week at New Orleans two touchdowns and two fumbles.
Like we saw in weeks one and two, all sides of the ball had energy and looked like they had a purpose. This is the team I want to see rolling into the playoffs. Not the guys who played Atlanta. Those guys need not come back to play.
Number 1 in AFC West and they deserve it. Boltup!