50 degrees, clear skies
Key Decision #1: (Chiefs leading 3-0/3rd & 2 KC 36/6:39 Q2)
- Chiefs identified single coverage on WR Tyreek Hill, and hit him over the top for a 62-yard touchdown. Nice play calling here by Kansas City.
Key Decision #2:
- Los Angeles not staying patient with taking underneath plays when down 17-13, and not staying with the running game, right at the end of third. When you’re the road team in a game of this magnitude, taking it into fourth quarter down just one score is not bad at all . A third deep shot to WR Tyrrell Williams into double coverage allowed Kansas City to take its 1st two-score lead in the second half.
Key Decision #3: (Los Angeles trailing 23-13/4th & 1 KC 47/8:29 Q4)
- QB Philip Rivers is probably an eventual HOF player, and Chargers Head Coach Anthony Lynn gives him a lot of rope. But on a critical 4th and 2 down 23-13, Rivers went hurry-up and tried to catch Kansas City napping for a second time. This time it didn’t work as Rivers tossed a second INT, that ultimately led to another Chiefs score and a commanding 30-13 fourth quarter lead.
- The Chargers are a good team, but could be a great team if they actually took the ball out of Rivers’ hands just a bit. We feel they get away from the running game a little too quickly, and while they throw it well, their #2 and #3 WR personnel is a bit subpar, so depending on that level of talent, may not be the wisest course.
- We liked Kansas City’s in-game adjustment utilizing the 3TE formation at key juncture. The formation yielded big plays every time they used it, and when you have a RB like Kareem Hunt, it’s a dangerous formation. Along with Alvin Kamara of the Saints, he is one of the best backs after initial contact in the league.
- We didn’t like the Chiefs continuing to blitz Rivers after he burned them on multiple occasions. Rivers is one of the best anticipation throwers in football and he feasted on the blitz.
- On a 3rd & 21 at the end if the first quarter, Chargers call a prevent defense that immediately gives up 18 yards. Chiefs are able to convert the 4th down and get into field goal range. We did not think this was very good defensive play calling.
- The Chiefs scored 17 points off turnovers, which was the difference in the game. We don’t think Anthony Lynn called a bad game – the offense looked good at times – but costly turnovers put this game out of reach for the Chargers.