Los Angeles Chargers
Inside Slant | Notes, Quotes | Strategy and Personnel |
More issues for Chargers than missed field goals
Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers was pretty certain about one thing when chatting up Sunday's game with the visiting Kansas City Chiefs.
"Well, it's really simple," Rivers said in his Southern drawl. "It's just that nobody is going to feel sorry for us."
Rivers, as usual, was on target. The Chargers have had their chair pulled out from behind them in each of their first two games, losing both in heartbreaking fashions.
The Chiefs? Everything has been rainbows and roses for the undefeated bunch from the Midwest. They come to Los Angeles looking to stay among the three teams in the AFC West with no blemishes on their records.
"We've got a division opponent coming here that is not going to have any sympathy for us losing two tough ones down at the buzzer," Rivers added.
The Chargers are potentially two field goals away from having a spotless mark like K.C. But rookie kicker Younghoe Koo had one key kick blocked in the loss at the Denver Broncos and he missed two in Sunday's defeat to the Miami Dolphins.
Koo's second misfire from 44 yards would have pushed the Chargers ahead of Miami with seconds remaining.
"There are a lot of plays that could have made a difference in the game," head coach Anthony Lynn said. "It was not just the missed field goal everyone is focusing on."
Truer words could not have been spoken and that gives Chargers insiders pause, even while acknowledging the shortcomings in various areas on special teams. The team is having trouble stopping the run and the pass rush has been hit-or-miss. The running game is stuck in the mud and all of this comes with a rookie head coach.
So Lynn is right there's more wrong with the Chargers than a young kicker who's scuffling while trying to earn his NFL stripes.
Come Sunday, the Chargers can prove they've tightened up their play and can salvage a season that might be slipping away before it really gets started.
Mistakes? The Chargers have had more than a few.
"No matter how you see it you have to learn from them," defensive end Melvin Ingram said. "It doesn't matter that the Chiefs are coming in. We can't worry about any of that."
It's just like the Chiefs aren't fretting about the Chargers frittering away two chances to win games.
SERIES HISTORY: 114th regular-season meeting. Chiefs lead series, 58-54-1. When these teams first squared off, the Chargers were in Los Angeles - deja vu - and the Chiefs were the Dallas Texans, both of the American Football League. Those days are long gone, but not a rivalry which over the years became quite feisty. Of late the Chiefs have dominated, winning six straight in this series. Of course, the Chargers own a 32-24-1 home record against Kansas City, but how that edge is realized at the StubHub Center remains to be seen. Back in 1960, the Chargers beat the Texans at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum, 21-20.