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Week 7: Chargers 27, Chiefs 10

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  1. Winuvas

    Winuvas OMFL Jets

    Oct 8, 2009
    Week 7: Chargers 27, Chiefs 10

    Chiefs struggle against still undefeated Chargers

    by Adam Chiefsman
    Blogger, Kansas City Star

    The Chiefs have proven why they are at the bottom of the AFC today while losing 27-10 to the undefeated AFC West leading San Diego Chargers. Poor offense, a worn out defense, and lackluster special teams play contributed to the final score.

    The Chiefs had another decent, but underwhelming, showing from quarterback Alex Smith, who completed 14 of 23 passes for 152 yards and one touchdown while also throwing two interceptions to Chargers cornerback Antonio Cromartie. New receiver Mike Sims-Walker, formerly of the Jacksonville Jaguars, caught 3 balls for 31 yards, but dropped a ball that possibly could have gone for a touchdown after he beat zone coverage deep. Jamaal Charles could not get a consistent running game established, running 15 times for 50 yards. Alex Smith's favorite target Quentin Lawrence caught 2 times for 47 yards.

    With a lack of a deep vertical passing attack, San Diego keyed in and put lots of pressure on Smith, and caused the offense to stagger along for a mere 196 yards of total offense. Smith was sacked twice and hurried on a few other plays by the relentless, tough San Diego defense. With stalwart defensive tackle Shawn Rogers anchoring the middle and guys like strong safety Reggie Nelson making excellent plays in the running and passing game, Kansas City was overmatched on all counts.

    The defense for Kansas City, as a result, wore out in the second quarter and beyond. After getting out of the first quarter at 7-0 on a Darren Sproles run for the Chargers, the defense got a turnover on an interception from Brandon Flowers, which was returned to the 14 yard line of the Chargers. Three plays later, the offense walked off the field and allowed Ryan Succop to kick a field goal. It was the last time the Chiefs scored until late in the fourth quarter. The defense played well in holding San Diego to field goals in the second and third quarters, but the Chargers running game and passes across the middle did the defense in.

    Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers went 13 of 19 for 149 yards with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. Tight end Antonio Gates was Rivers' favorite target, catching 5 balls for 58 yards. The running game is what gashed the defense for Kansas City, with LaDainian Tomlinson ran 18 times for 112 yards and Darren Sproles ran 7 times for 68 yards and a touchdown. The offensive line for San Diego was punishing in the running game, gashing open holes up the middle or getting out in front of Sproles and Tomlinson on toss plays.

    Coach Winuvas looked dejected at the post-game conference and was lackluster in his discussion of the performance for the few few minutes. After the third question about the Chiefs' performance, however, he went ballistic, yelling out the following at the question, "What happened with the Chargers running game against your defense?"

    "What the (expletive) do you THINK happened? The Chargers are a better (expletive) football team than we are. The Chargers have a better (expletive) running game, a better (expletive) passing game, a better (expletive) defense, and better (expletive) special teams! Our best (expletive) offensive player is probably a sixth string wide receiver on anyone else's team. Our offensive line can't (expletive) block a DAMN soul. They can't (expletive) run block, they can't (expletive) pass block! Our defense can't keep getting (expletive) on by our absolutely pathetic (expletive) offense! We have a bye week, then our next game is against Jacksonville. ALL of these sons o' (expletive) better start waking up and playing like they belong in the (expletive) OMFL. Now I'm (expletive) leaving."

    Frustration is at a high in Kansas City, no doubt. But the question is, who, or what, is to blame? The lack of talent? The mismanagement of that talent? The playbooks and playcalling? Or all of the above?

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