Chiefs Give Another One Away; Blown Out by Chargers 31-13

Bad to worse.

That’s about the only thing one can say after the Chiefs latest “effort,” if you could call it that.

Kansas City continued their historic trend of not having a lead in regulation, and the team again gave the ball up a bunch of times in another setback, losing to the Chargers 31-13.

The Chiefs committed four more turnovers and lost their fifth straight game, putting more heat on coach Romeo Crennel and GM Scott Pioli, two men who are clearly in danger of being unemployed if the losing this bad continues much longer.

Bolts QB Philip Rivers, who looked shaky during the Chargers three-game losing streak, did his part to top the Chiefs by completing 18 of 20 passes – a career-best 90 percent – for 220 yards and two touchdowns, with one interception. Rivers also threw a 13-yard TD pass to Malcom Floyd early in the fourth quarter.

The Chiefs’ four turnovers ran their NFL-high mark to a staggering 29, which have led to 104 points.

The Chiefs, now at 1-7 on the season, got their only victory came when Ryan Succop kicked the winning field goal against the Saints in overtime.

With the Chiefs trailing 17-6, Matt Cassel fumbled as he was sacked by San Diego’s Jarret Johnson in the end zone and Shaun Phillips recovered for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter. On the next drive, Cassel’s high pass deflected off Dexter McCluster’s hands and was intercepted by Demorrio Williams, who returned it 59 yards for a touchdown.

After San Diego scored on the opening drive, Kansas City went on a 17-play drive, converting four third downs, but Dwayne Bowe fumbled after a 10-yard reception. Williams caused the fumble and Quentin Jammer recovered.

Bowe’s fumble set up Novak’s 25-yard field goal with 9:10 left in the second quarter.

After Kansas City decided not to go for it on fourth-and-1 from the San Diego 31, Succop kicked a 49-yard field goal with 2:51 left before halftime.

The Chargers had a third-and-goal from the 1 in the closing seconds of the half when Rivers was intercepted by Eric Berry. Succop had a 41-yard field goal in the third quarter.

Cassel was 19-for-29 for 181 yards with no TD’s and a pick. Jammal Charles ran for 39 yards on 12 carries.

The Chiefs get 11 days off, then get a Monday night game on November 12th at Pittsburgh.


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