- The Chiefs defense set the tone for this game early with two interceptions of Chargers QB Rivers, staking the Chiefs to a 14-0 lead. It’s clear that Andy Reid has tremendous confidence in his defense, particularly his secondary. The Chiefs make aggressive defensive play calls and count on their athleticism to prevail, and so far, it’s worked out well.
- Similarly, the Chargers defense performed excellently, consistently coming up with key stops in this game to allow their team to creep back into the game. On at least one occasion, however defensive coordinator Gus Bradley chose to blitz when he didn’t need to. But overall, the Chargers defense plays hard, with confidence, and is the heart of this team.
- Chargers rookie Head Coach Anthony Lynn has his team playing hard for him, and while he still is winless, their record can and will turn around. However, in order to help himself, he will have to improve his clock management. In this game, he burned one timeout with a very questionable challenge call, and while trying to make a defensive stop near the end of the game, his use of a timeout in conjunction with a looming 2:00 minute warning also was questionable.
- Finally, Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid has performed excellently this season. However, there still are some inexplicable game management decisions. In this game, with his team ahead 17-10 very early in the 4th quarter, the Chiefs faced a 4th down on their own 37. Reid chose to either call a fake punt or give his punter latitude to call a fake punt, which failed, and gave the Chargers great field position with a chance to tie the game. The Chiefs defense, however, was stout and forced a Chargers punt, so Reid’s decision was covered up.