The Chargers had played some very uncharacteristic football against the Chiefs but if there is two factors that I believed that didn't play in favor of the Chargers, it was the fact that the Chiefs home crowd was a huge advantage in boosting moral for the Chiefs, and that the rain killed the Chargers ability to play well at all.
That's right, I said it, the rain took away what the Chargers are good at doing. You don't believe me huh'. I'll explain.
Philip Rivers easily moved the ball against the Chiefs early on in the game eventually ending up in a score on the Chargers second drive. The Chiefs struggled to move the ball on the ground or threw the air against the Chargers. Then came the rain and all went to hell for the Chargers.
Why the rain is such a big deal? The Chargers strength is the passing game. As it rained, you slowly notice that Philip Rivers' passes were going a bit higher than usual. For all of you watching the game, you'd see that clearly. Look at how many passes the Chargers shot downfield against the Chiefs, hardly any. With the rain pretty much taking away the Chargers ability to throw the ball deep downfield, Norv Turner had no choice but to test the Chiefs run defense and Ryan Mathews did well. Mathews had a costly fumble in Chargers territory where the Chiefs took advantage to score in the redzone.
How does the rain work in the Chiefs' advantage? They Chiefs strength is running the ball and running the ball they did. A defense is usually always at a disadvantage against the run in the rain as they can't plant their feet against a RB like Jamaal Charles who loves to make little cuts on his runs. That proved to be the case as Charles took a long run to the house.
Not to take away anything from Dexter McCluster, he is a outstanding returner, but he made that run against a special teams coverage that can't change direction to make up for the cut that he did against Mike Tolbert in that return for the TD.
The Chargers made the game interesting as the rain slowly stopped towards the end of the game giving the Chargers some hope to move forward in the 4th QRT. The Chargers did just that but fail to score the tying score.
The Chiefs offense didn't do much. The Chargers offense can't do anything in the rain. Rain is like the Chargers krytonite. I don't know what to say more than that. Is it an excuse for why the played horrible? Hell yeah it is and I can't wait for the Chargers to play the Chiefs at San Diego where it's nice and shiny so they can dominate them there.
The Chargers offense had 475 yards of offense versus the Chiefs' 203 yards of offense.
I find it unbelievable how the Chargers defense dominate the Chiefs offense as the Chiefs haven't converted hardly any of their third downs during the game. The Chiefs did a great job, with the help of the weather, to score on special teams and giving the offense good field position in a fumble recovery. Great game by the Chiefs but this isn't something for Charger fans to be worried about in this loss. The football gods shined their happy face on the Chiefs tonight.
Good job Chiefs as this should be a huge wake-up call for the Chargers as it's better for them to face adversity early on in the season than later which seems to be always the case historically for the Chargers. I know Philip Rivers will be highly motivated after this tough loss.