Kansas City Chiefs Win On Monday, Looking For More Respect

Jason ClaryCorrespondent ISeptember 14, 2010

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 13:  Dexter McCluster #22 of the Kansas City Chiefs returns a punt for a touchdown as punter Mike Scifres #5 of the San Diego Chargers defends during the 1st half of the game against on September 13, 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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If you didn't watch the Monday Night showdown between the San Diego Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs, you missed out on one of the best Monday Night games this season.

The average NFL fan couldn't name five starting players on the roster, while San Diego came into the game with college stud Ryan Matthews, tight end Antonio Gates, and pro bowl quarterback Philip Rivers.


San Diego had two solid drives to start the game, gaining no points from their first drive into Chiefs territory and scoring a touchdown on their second drive with a pass from Rivers to Gates.

After the first two drives went San Diego's way, you expected it to be more of the same for this once struggling Chiefs team.

After the Chargers kicked off, it took the Chiefs just three plays to score, after Jamaal Charles exploded through the Chargers' defense with a 56 yard touchdown run.

Capitalizing on a costly Ryan Matthews fumble in the second quarter, Kansas City made quick work of the rookie's mistake, with a two yard touchdown pass from Matt Cassel to Tony Moeaki.

Later in the second quarter, after a struggling Chargers offense was forced to punt, Dexter McCluster, a rookie from Ole Miss, fielded a punt from the six yard line and returned it 94 yards for a touchdown.

It was the longest punt return in Kansas City Chiefs History.

The score was 21-7 going in at halftime. 

In the third quarter, Philip Rivers couldn't seem to catch a break. He was struggling throwing into the rain and wind, while getting frustrated with his offensive line, especially after the center didn't snap the ball in time, resulting in a delay of game penalty.

Later in the third quarter, Philip Rivers found Legedu Naanee for a 59 yard strike, after a Chiefs defensive back missed an assignment.

Into the fourth quarter, the Chargers failed to convert a fourth and nine in Chiefs territory, handing the ball over on downs.

After a Kansas City three-and-out, the Chargers received the ball with 4:52 left on the clock. They drove the ball all the way down to the Chiefs six yard line. On fourth down from the six, the Chiefs defense held strong, as Rivers' final pass was untouched by any receiver, and fell harmlessly to the ground in the back of the end zone.

This is the first time in a while that the Chiefs have sole position in first place of the AFC West.

Respect the Chiefs

This was a statement game for Kansas City. With the talk before the game, you would think it was a professional team playing a junior varsity team of nonathletic teenagers.

Romeo Crennel revamped the Chiefs defense into a group of hard hitting, tough SOB's. They were hitting the Chargers with authority all game long, as they were feeding off of the energy from the crowd.

The group of rookies that made great performances this game will be remembered for bringing back the name of the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Chiefs also gained 135 yards on the ground, which was key to their success moving the ball. The duo of Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones will be a hard one to stop.

Dexter McCluster and Javier Arenas were both great returning punts, while rookie tight end Tony Moeaki reminded Chiefs fans of another Tony that used to play for them.

The Chiefs can enjoy this win temporarily, as there are 15 more games left on their schedule. They will travel to Cleveland week two and then play San Francisco at home week three, before their bye week.

Kansas City could be 3-0 heading into their week off, which would be a huge shocker in the world of the NFL.