This game was sloppier than eating Baby Back Ribs; I sometimes can’t comprehend the Chiefs as a team at times. It was ugly after an atrocious 24-30 loss against our AFC West rivals, the LA Chargers. To be fair, the Chargers played good football, but in the end, the Chiefs just kept on shooting themselves in the foot. Here are five takeaways from the Chiefs’ Week Three loss:
Ball Security Doesn’t Exist
The one glaring issue through this whole game was ball security. The Chiefs’ first three drives ended in a turnover. Our first turnover was a Mahomes’s interception that occurred after the ball bounced off of Marcus Kemp’s hands; Asante Samuel Jr. then did a nice dive to secure the pick. Next, there was a fumble by Tyreek Hill when after he caught Mahomes’s pass, Chargers’ DB Tevaughn Campbell forced the ball out and it was recovered by LB Micheal Davis. Finally, Clyde Edwards-Helaire fumbled the ball for the third turnover, which was forced by Campbell and recovered by Davis yet again:
The Chiefs’ offense couldn’t catch a break; moreover, it was some of the careless football in recent Chiefs’ history. To add insult to injury, Mahomes threw an interception to Alohi Gilman after he tried to force in a tight window to Travis Kelce; it was overthrown. After all those mistakes, it is easy to see why the Chiefs didn’t deserve to win. As I said before, this game was sloppier than eating Baby Back Ribs.
Chiefs’ Red Zone Defense Is Hair-Pullingly Bad
Aside from the secondary (which will be talked about later), one unmistakable issue within the Chiefs’ defense is when they are in the Red Zone. For three of those TD drives, it only took the Chargers three or fewer plays to score whether it be from seven or 20 yards away from the endzone. Moreover, Herbert thrived in the redzone, with all four of his passing touchdowns coming from it.
Spagnuolo and the Chiefs defense couldn’t do anything to stop it. No matter what they did, they would get shredded like Parmesan Cheese at an Olive Garden, whether it be from Keenan Allen or Mike Williams. Hughes, Sneed, or anyone else in that secondary had an answer to stop them. It was gut-wrenching to watch. Nonetheless, this wasn’t the worst thing to come out of this game.
Secondary Was Sacrifed…
The Chiefs’ secondary was pretty much scorched Earth. Herbert had a field day, as aside from his four TDs, he completed 26 of 38 passes for 281 yards. Mike Williams had a day feasting on the Chiefs’ poor coverage, catching seven passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns; he averaged 17.4 yards per catch. Ekeler and Allen had fun as well, tallying 52 and 50 receiving yards, respectively, with a TD each.
It just felt like the coverage was way too soft, especially against a more pass-heavy offense. One example that stuck out to me was the drive after the Chiefs’ scored a touchdown to make it 24-21 with their lead. Now, in this situation, the last thing you want to do is give the Chargers some huge momentum swing, and have them chuck it deep for a huge gain. Well, that’s what the Chiefs did… on the very first play on the next drive where Sorensen allowed WR Mike Williams to get behind him for a 43-yard reception. This set the Chargers up for a game-tying field goal.
I like to say that the Chiefs’ secondary was sacrificed for something they were lacking these past two weeks. This was something reminiscent of Bob Sutton’s old defense.
What We Got In Return Was Good Run Defense
That something was that the run defense drastically improved. The Chiefs’ held the Chargers to just 77 rushing yards on 22 attempts; they averaged 3.5 yards per run. The Chargers’ largest run of the day was from Austin Ekeler for 11 yards; he totaled 11 carries for 55 yards on the day, averaging five yards per run. While he had a good day, the other Chargers’running backs didn’t fare too well. Justin Jackson, the Chargers backup RB, had zero total yards on two carries. To add on, Larry Roundtree III had only had a meager three yards on four carries; he averaged 0.8 yards per run.
Chiefs’ defenders were flying all over the backfield. Sneed had some good plays getting to the backfield and forcing two tackles-for-a-loss. Chirs Jones and Anthony Hitchens also had a tackle-for-a-loss a piece, as they dropped the Chargers’ RBs behind the line of scrimmage. The front-seven did a great job quarantining the Chargers run game, which helped them keep the game close. If there’s one major upside from this game, it was this!
Travis Kelce = Ole’ Reliable
If there’s another major plus, it’s the fact that Travis Kelce will always be reliable. On 11 targets, Kelce caught seven passes for 104 yards, averaging 14.9 yards per catch; moreover, he had a huge 28-yard reception that set the Chiefs up for their first points of the game. It’s like no matter how bad they do, Kelce always finds a way to put up 100+ yards without even blinking. Furthermore, it’s always good to have a reliable target like him on the roster for many years to come. He had a great game.
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