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Final Game Grade: A
The Chargers defense really answered the bell in the second quarter. The Chargers struggled to get off the field on third down in the first quarter. The second half was a complete different squad as they forced the Chiefs into long third down conversions, which were hard to convert.
In the second half, the Chargers flipped the physical switch and began obliterating the Chiefs. The Chargers defense scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter and were the main reason that the Chargers coasted to victory. Eric Weddle continues to show that he is a top safety in the league and Quentin Jammer did a great job once he began covering Dwayne Bowe. The adjustments that Defensive Coordinator John Pagano can make are extremely impressive, he has made a huge difference this year.
Fourth Quarter Grade: A+
The best quarter that the Chargers have played all season on the defensive side of the ball. Two touchdowns pushed this game out of reach and showed that the Chargers are capable to closing games in the fourth quarter. The Chargers played solid in all aspects of defense, they were able to get a constant pressure on Matt Cassel and once Quentin Jammer switched onto Dwayne Bowe he became nonexistent.
Third Quarter Grade: B+
The Chargers defense played great in the third quarter. They slammed the door on the chiefs on short field position. They have kept the Chiefs out of the end zone all night as Weddle continues to perform well.
Second Quarter Grade: B-
The Chargers defense once again struggled to get off the field on third down. This quarter they could not force a turnover and gave up just a field goal. The Chargers corners (mainly Cason) are struggling against Dwayne Bowe. Eric Weddle has been a complete monster in the first half as he continues to do everything for the Chargers.
First Quarter Grade: C+
The turnover was great for the Chargers' defense but allowing four third-down conversions is not good. Antoine Cason had an awful quarter trying to slow down the physical Dwayne Bowe. If the Chargers defense wants to excel, they will need to get off the field on third down. The extra chances that the Chargers are giving the Chiefs will only come back to haunt the Chargers, no matter how sluggish the Chiefs offense is.