Chargers at Chiefs: Winners and Losers

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The first thing we have to get out of the way after Thursday night’s game is that the Chiefs had absolutely zero business winning this football game. Andy Reid forgot he had the best quarterback in the NFL for the first two drives, and even when he did remember who his quarterback was Mahomes wasn’t as sharp as he would like to be.

Nonetheless the Chiefs managed to pull a rabbit out of the hat and got themselves to 2-0 on the year with an early season divisional winning against the Chargers. Remember this win for later in the season because the Chargers in all likelihood will be battling for a high seed in the playoffs and this game could have some pretty major tie-breaker implications.

Let’s get into winners and losers for Thursday Night Football.

Winner: The Defense

The Chiefs surrendering 24 points is not at all indicative of how they played. Quite frankly the defense played their asses off and were the only reason the offense even had a chance to take the lead. The defense was operating like the government with all the bailouts they gave the offense.

After surrendering 10 quick points on the first two possessions, the Chargers scored only once on their next eight drives not including the kneel down to end the half.

It doesn’t get much better than that especially when you’re playing a quarterback like Justin Herbert. These guys are young, fast, physical and will not back down. It’s definitely a promising sign for a defense that had a ton of question marks to start the season.

Loser: Bryan Cook

Bryan Cook landed himself on the loser side on Thursday after a stupid mistake that legitimately almost cost the Chiefs costs.

After the Chiefs kicked a field goal to tie the game was hit with a personal foul penalty for smacking a Chargers player in the face on the ensuing kickoff. That gave the Chargers the ball at the 40 yard-line to start the drive and if it wasn’t for Gerald Everett being dog tired and Jaylen Watson getting a pick six the Chiefs would have been trailing early in the fourth quarter instead of leading.

A note for the rookie. Don’t do stupid stuff in a critical moment of the game.

Winner: Frank Clark

A week after being pretty much a no-show against the Cardinals and ending up on the loser side of the list, Clark put together a better performance on Thursday. It wasn’t the stat stuffer that we’re all waiting for but he was credited with a QB hit.

Not only that, but he had some good pass rush reps down the stretch especially on the Chargers final drive. Like I said last week it was only week one, and there was no reason to be overly concerned. Hopefully he takes this performance and we will start to see him finish these pressures and turn them into sacks.

Loser: Asante Samuel Jr.

Realistically, and there’s no way anyone can debate this, the Chargers in all likelihood would have won this game if their secondary could actually catch the ball.

Asante Samuel Jr. had an interception that was ultimately overturned by replay, and immediately led to a touchdown for the Chiefs after getting a second chance at life.

Samuel then dropped what would have been a sure fire pick-six in the end zone the following possession that would have kept the Chiefs from tying the game.

Outside of two dropped interceptions Samuel played really well. Unfortunately those dropped interceptions proved costly for the Chargers.

Winner: Amazon Prime

Holy cow what a masterclass performance from the crew at Amazon Prime. From the broadcast crew all the way down to the production team. Because it’s a streaming service there will eventually be an outage or lagging or some kind of buffering at some point in the season so just get prepared. But to have zero problems in your debut is excellent for fans.

Not to mention they gave viewers the option of viewing the game with “TNF Prime Vision” which showed camera angles from the All-22 camera. Highlighting players on the field, a dynamic win probability tracker and player tracking as well. Me personally I was fine with the player tracking to see the full path an individual took on a given play, but I would prefer they do one or the other because as my girlfriend put it, it’s really cool, but there’s too much going on.

Also showing EPA numbers is a nerds dream. The All-22 camera is far and away the biggest win out of this viewing option. Writers, analysts and die hard football fans have been BEGGING to see the whole field and routes developing downfield and where running lanes open up. NBC dabbled in it a couple times, but for some reason went away from it. And if that’s not for you, that’s fine and the option of the traditional broadcast is there.

Most importantly none of the pre and post-game crew had any kind of analysis that was just flat out wrong or bad process. We’ll see how long that lasts though.

Loser: Narratives

Look it’s only week two, but after the stuff everyone heard from analysts, looking at you James Jones, about how the Chargers were such a better team than Kansas City this isn’t the best look for them.

Again, it’s only week two and it’s a long season, but those who though the Chargers were better and were going to win the division and all of these other things they needed the Chargers to win this game. Championship teams make the plays that the Chargers failed to make tonight. The Chiefs made the plays they needed to and the Chargers didn’t and that’s the difference between the two teams.

It’ll be interesting what the talking heads resort to next time to invalidate how good the Chiefs are.

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09/16/2022 4:12 pm

Winner: chiefs
Loser: lady luck

Last edited 1 year ago by Leaf
09/16/2022 3:31 pm

Mahomes wasn’t as sharp as he would like to be

Tony, are you implying that Mahomes has flaws? that he’s … *gasp* … HUMAN?!?


I’ve always said it’s a TEAM SPORT and fortunately the TEAM managed to come together and play MUCH better the 2nd Half … a little bit of “luck” involved (drops by the Chargers Secondary) as there almost always is in the NFL … and wow, Jaylen Watson with the Pick Six: couldn’t have happened at a better time

Chris Jones earned hisself his paycheck, as did both Bolton and Gay

09/16/2022 1:26 pm

Winner: Orlando Brown Jr against Khalil Mack. He owned Mack all night. Mostly faced him.

Loser: Orlando Brown Jr against Bosa. Didn’t look nearly as good in limited snaps against Bosa.

09/16/2022 12:38 pm

Personally , I was ticked that the Game was “Sold” to Bezos & not available other than “Pay Per View ” …I had to wait for the Midnight NFLN Re-Run to see it …As far as the Announcing Crew – It seemed no different than any previous TNF Crew ( ‘Cepting the Charger / Hebert Nut Guzzling on Our Home Field ! ) … I could do without the ” Amazon Grin Icon” after each replay as well … AND STAY OFF MY LAWN !!! … ; )

Reply to  KCChef
09/16/2022 12:42 pm

Perks of living in KC. The only problem is that apparently there is a 30 second delay on the TV broadcast.

Reply to  ForeverRanger91
09/16/2022 3:33 pm

if that’s as bad as it gets for ya, you’re golden … I’m in the middle of nowhere and would have to subscribe to get the game on Amazon (or even some other so-called “broadcast networks” (and so it goes)

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09/16/2022 4:56 pm

Reply to  KCChef
09/16/2022 1:35 pm

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09/16/2022 12:12 pm

With the ASJr “pick”, I swear some people don’t know the definition of a trapped football.

The Chargers team on offense and defense are built specifically to beat the Chiefs. These games always come down to balls bouncing one way or the other.

Reply to  ForeverRanger91
09/16/2022 12:49 pm

If it were a Chief doing that, I would have been pissed if it wasn’t a catch. I thought we got lucky.

Reply to  MasterChief
09/16/2022 12:53 pm

A trapped football is a trapped football.

09/16/2022 11:39 am

Buffering: I don’t stream much, and got several buffering moments. Thought it was my set up (Wifi is two floors above TV and can’t be moved). Maybe not? Did other have issues as well? I’ve seen it mentioned in a few places now.
Clark was quite most of the night, but in the 4thQ seemed to come to life with the other Dline guys. I’d put him in the Break Even group

09/16/2022 11:29 am

Loser: Frank clark. He had the qb hit late by disengaging and curling back to the inside.
Im not sure if that was by dedign or a savvy vetran move but either way it worked. As for the rest of his snaps, he looked pathetic. His slimmed down physique hasnt added any speed from what I can see. Now he’s just slow and small. Their OT looked bored blocking him it was so effortless. At one point effortlessly pushing him to the ground and toying with him like a rag doll. Unless something drasticslly changes this is Frank’s last year in the league and I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s inactive for games late in the year if not flat out cut. We need to be scouring practice squads for another DE and/or looking to make a trade.

Winner: Dunlap. Good pick up.

Reply to  DenverDonkeyHater
09/16/2022 1:23 pm

Watched most of the game again. Initial assesment was maybe a little harsh but mostly stands. Basically the speed rush on the outside isn’t even something he attempts anymore and his bull rush is pathetic and he got embarrassed when he attempted it. His game now is getting stood up, hand fighting and releasing at the right moment. He had 2 qb hits during the game with this technique. I just don’t think that’s enough to be relevant in the NFL.

09/16/2022 11:08 am

Loser: Rashad Fenton’s height. Fenton has typically been serviceable if not good in the past when he’s been asked to come in, but whomever he was covering (Williams, I believe) had a clear height advantage according to Mitch Holthus and/or Danan Hughes, and I think that was the reason for the penalties. They were stupid, yes, but I think that Fenton probably felt that he was in a mismatch, tried to gain an advantage to compensate, and got called for it.

Winner: Sherlock Holmes, for mentoring two assistants. Both Watsons did very well. Give a game ball to Watson the Younger – to do that in your debut before the hometown crowd and win the game is nothing short of phenomenal. Here’s to many more. And here’s to many more TDs for Watson the Older as well, and welcome to Chiefs Kingdom!

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