San Diego Chargers-Kansas City Chiefs: The Pro Bowl-Less Results...Yuck

Ian PhilipAnalyst IIISeptember 13, 2010

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 13:  Running back Ryan Matthews #24 of the San Diego Chargers carries the ball during the 1st quarter of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on September 13, 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Kansas City Chiefs 21—San Diego Chargers 7 at the half.

I hate to say I told you so, but I told you so.

The Chiefs had every reason to come out fired up and they did. The Chargers are once again sluggish against the run in the opener and gave up a huge run-to-the-house touchdown to Jamaal Charles right after they scored the first touchdown of the game.

But that's vintage San Diego Chargers at anytime of the year.

I wrote an article a long time ago about how the Chargers struggle in the rain, or more specifically, how LaDainian Tomlinson struggles in the rain. Since Ryan Mathews is a LaDainian Tomlinson clone, the piece still applies.

Since I didn't factor in the rain (and I knew it would probably rain last week), I'm interested to see how this game plays out in the second half as the Chargers are clearly being affected by the wet field and football.

I predicted the Chargers would come back and win it in the second half, but I may have bit off more reality than I can chew this time!


CHIEFS WIN!!!! 21—14!


First of all, lets not get carried away. This was a game that was going to be near impossible for the Chargers to win once it started raining.

The rain favored the Chiefs, the crowd noise was through the roof, it was long road trip, and let's face it...

The Chargers are simply terrible in the first game of the season every year under Norv. This one was too much to overcome.

I am not very concerned at this point.

The Chargers did better in the second half, but I have to question Norv Turner's play calling once again.

At the end of the game, the Bolts had the ball with over a minute left with two timeouts at the Chiefs' SIX yard line. I can not figure out why Norv wouldn't hand the ball to Mike Tolbert at least two times.

That makes no sense to me at all.

Norv Turner, once again, called that ridiculous Darren Sproles draw play that is not going to fool anyone but Charger fans who thought they'd seen the last of that nonsense. I have only seen that play work two times.


If Norv Turner is really a genius play caller, why does he continuously call that preposterous play that doesn't work with the game on the line?

Norv Turner, to this point, has clearly proven me wrong. The Chargers are indeed a pass happy offense.

Norv is afraid to pound a team. No question.

Philip Rivers threw a couple of passes that were obviously intended for Vincent Jackson. We are now realizing the man's value in Norv's pass happy world. Vincent Jackson has at least four or five game winning touchdowns in those end of the game situations.

Jackson is the man with the game on the line. Newsflash, Vincent Jackson was on his couch having a brew-ski with his feet up.

If the Chargers have really moved on without Vincent Jackson, then they need to start acting like it and change their philosophy in a hurry.

Run... The Damn... Ball...

I have full confidence that Norv will figure out what works best on this team. The sooner he and Rivers realize V-Jax isn't on it, the sooner the Chargers can start humming on offense. There was a lot to like.

How about the loss of special teams king Kassim Osgood? Geez.

Osgood caught the game winning pass for the Jacksonville Jaguars against the Denver Broncos, while the Chargers couldn't down a Mike Scifres perfect punt at the one to save their lives. Nor could they cover punts.