Not a perfect showing by the offense in this one, but it was a definite improvement from last week. Jackie Battle staked his claim as San Diego's best option in the backfield, despite the fact that Ryan Mathews had more rushing yards on paper. Troubles in the pass protection started to creep up as the game rolled on even with Jared Gaither back in the lineup, but that's something the Chargers need to work on progressively during the season. I liked what I saw from Battle, Antonio Gates and the receivers, but there has to be some better consistency in the run game.
Two pass interference calls on Eric Berry keep San Diego’s first drive alive despite some inconsistency by the Chargers. However, a TD on their first drive will do wonders for the confidence of this offense after struggling to score last week against Atlanta. For the most part, San Diego’s offensive line has provided Rivers with a clean pocket, and the return of Jared Gaither has made a huge difference. With that said, the offensive line is getting no push in the run game as guys like Tamba Hali and Justin Houston continue to sneak in for easy stuffs. Jackie Battle and Ryan Mathews seem to be having more success catching passes out of the backfield instead of running the ball, but if I had to choose the better rusher thus far it would have to be Battle.
The Chargers are really pushing those dumpoff passes and quick throws to the backs. I really like what I’m seeing from these backs as receivers. The offensive line continues to do a better job protecting Rivers, but they did allow a sack. In the run game, Battle continues to play like the better back. He’s had the most success carrying the ball, and the Chiefs are having trouble bringing down their old teammate.
Not a good start by the offense at the start of the third quarter. By failing to move the ball, the Chargers are allowing the Chiefs and the crowd to get back into the ballgame.
The offense was quiet in the third quarter, but a score late in the game was enough to shut the door on a potential Kansas City comeback. With the game in hand, the Chargers were able to run down the clock and go home with the win.