In San Diego, Matt Cassel hit Dwayne Bowe on a fade route for 4 yards in the 3rd quarter in the end zone as Bowe had a good game as the Chiefs try and get within 3 to try and tie the game with a field goal. The San Diego Chargers come back with the next possession and pull out by another 7 points with a 4 yard touchdown by Ryan Matthews.
So with the Chiefs down by 10 with under 6 minutes to go, they go deep for Steve Breston on a beautiful deep ball from Cassel as he gets knocked out of bounds at the Chargers 1 yard line. Cassel then goes off a play action fake and tosses the ball to Leonard Pope to get his team within 3 points in the game again.
Phillip Rivers struggled for the day. Matthews carried the load and scored 2 short yardage touchdowns in the red zone. Vincent Jackson had 5 receptions for 63 yards, including key 3rd down yardage against their defense, which has given up a lot of big plays in the passing game thus far this season.
With 1:26 left to go in the game, the Chiefs come up with a big stop to take possession of the ball at their 33 yard line. Cassel goes back to Pope over the middle of the Charger defense to get them almost down to the Chargers 40 yard line. As Cassel goes back to pass on the next play, he is intercepted by Eric Weddle on a screen pass to close the game for the Chargers.
With their number one runner sidelined with an injury, Dexter McCuster got the nod as the starter putting up only 45 yards on 9 carries. Thomas Jones also contributed 31 yards on 14 carries.
Brandon Flowers had an interception return for 42 yards from Phillip Rivers. He was pushed out of bounds on the play and left the game sustaining an injury. As a bright spot, Jovan Belcher, a third year linebacker from Maine had a team high 8 tackles to keep the Chargers scoring down and keep Kansas City in the game.
The Chiefs go to a 0-3 record on the year and have at least finally stepped up their game after losses to the Bills and Lions. The injury riddled team lost their best running back and tight end, and safety, which makes this a one dimensional team. More pressure is on the quarterback and the wide receivers to step up and make plays. With the turnovers that this team has at this point in the season, it makes it very difficult for them to overcome the competition in any division in this league.
They were able to hold the Chargers 3rd ranked offense to only 20 points, but the inability overall for Kansas City to put of consistent balanced numbers thus far has the team along with their coach on the early hot seat in the AFC West. Fans have started losing faith in their team as they move to 0-3.