Chargers Destroy the Chiefs 37-20


San Diego started the day off with a 76 yard touchdown drive and never looked back. The Chargers were ready to play this game and it definitely showed. The Chargers’ first drive was aided by stupid penalties that the Kansas City defense committed, but the important thing was that San Diego took advantage and eventually scored on a touchdown pass to Eddie Royal.

The depleted San Diego defense forced two turnovers on Kansas City’s first two drives, setting up two more scores. A field goal by Nick Novak and a touchdown run from Jackie Battle, who has assumed the backup running back role. Battle provides that big bruising running back that can wear the defense down for deep passes. With a 17-0 lead the Chargers continued to play solid defense forcing four more turnovers, for a total of six on the day.

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Aside from one bad pass that led to an interception, Philip Rivers played an excellent game. Rivers finished with 209 yards passing on 18 of 23 attempts. When Rivers is on his game like he was yesterday, the Chargers are a very difficult team to deal with.

Ryan Matthews played well too, in his second game back. He only had 14 carries, but turned them into 61 yards rushing and another 21 yards receiving.

At halftime the Chargers had built a 27-6 lead. With this lead San Diego relaxed a bit in the second half allowing the Chiefs to score some cosmetic points. The final score of 37-20 was not a true indicator of how dominant San Diego played this game.

This win keeps the Chargers atop the AFC West. This division looks like it is going to come down to the final weeks of the season, with Denver and San Diego vying for first place.

Next week the Chargers will have the tough task of travelling to New Orleans to face the 0-4 Saints. At 0-4 you have to figure that at some point the Saints are going to break out and get a win. Hopefully the San Diego Chargers are prepared to prevent that from happening.

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