Week 9’s win over the Kansas City Chiefs lifted the Bolts record to 4-4, and tied them with the Denver Broncos for most wins in the AFC West. Here is what we learned from Thursday night’s 31-13 victory.
1. Thriving Off Turnovers – Winning the turnover battle is important for any team, but that’s especially true for these San Diego Chargers. So far this season, they have scored 72 points off 19 takeaways (11 fumbles and eight interceptions). Last night, they scored 17 points off four turnovers, and in the two games vs. the Chiefs this season, the Bolts picked off four passes and recovered six Chiefs fumbles (10 total takeaways) that resulted in 41 San Diego points.
2. As Rivers Rolls… – Simply put, as
3. Great Depth – Last night’s game showcased just how deep the Chargers roster is. Two brand new receivers in
4. Third Down Defense Still Needs Improvement – The Chargers defense bent but didn’t break, allowing the Chiefs to march down field before finally making a stand. Still, those drives could have ended much earlier had the team been able to get off the field on third down. The Chiefs converted 7-of-12 third down attempts. It didn’t hurt them in the end last night, but it is an area the defense still needs to improve upon.
5. Balanced Offense = Effective Offense – Last night, the Chargers offense showed just how lethal they can be in all facets of the game,. Most notable was the play calling, which had 26 runs and 21 passes. On the ground, the three-headed backfield of Mathews, Brown and Battle all averaged at least 5.0 yards per carry. Combined with receptions, Mathews had 15 touches while Brown had 11 and Battle four. The passing game was also showed balance as Brown recorded five receptions,