San Diego Chargers
Everyone’s AFC West sweethearts, San Diego Chargers, drop another close game to go to 1-2 on the early NFL season. Although the Chargers are leading the NFL with 461 offensive yards per game, something simply seems missing with this team… Maybe it’s that incessant whining by Phillip Rivers beginning to wear on everybody?
To be fair, Leon Washington had a fantastic game for the Seattle Seahawks, returning two kickoffs for touchdowns.
Everyone laughed at head coach Josh McDaniels in 2009 when he traded away QB Jay Culter to the Chicago Bears in exchange for Kyle Orton and other pieces. Everyone laughed again when he traded WR Brandon Marshall to the Miami Dolphins. The laughing had not yet let up when McDaniels traded FB/RB Peyton Hillis to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for QB Brady Quinn, and they were still laughing at him when he traded up to drafted Tim Tebow in the 1st round of the 2010 NFL draft… All the laughing leading to “Bronco Quarterback 3000″ from tauntr.com
All of this is compounded by Jay Cutler, Peyton Hillis and Brandon Marshall all off to great starts for each of their new teams, while the Denver Broncos are sitting at 1-2.
Although Kyle Orton has developed into a solid attacking style quarterback under McDaniels and it appears that Brandon Lloyd may be able to partially make up for the loss of Marshall at WR, McDaniels decision making may have cost the Broncos the game in week three against the Indianapolis Colts.
4th quarter, just over nine minutes remaining, Broncos down 20-13, 4th and 3 from the 12 yard line, McDaniels opts to go for the first down rather than the field goal. Kyle Orton’s pass intended for Brandon Lloyd wasn’t close. The Colts took over and scored the game’s final points, winning 27-13.
We all know the old adage, “Kicking wins ball games.” What, that’s not one? Well it should be!
Sebastian Janikowski missed a 32-yard field goal as time expired… giving the Arizona Cardinals a 24-23 victory. Janikowski missed two other field goals in the game, a 41-yarder and a 58-yarder.
A bright note for the Raiders, running back Darren McFadden has 345 rushing yards in three games. If RB Michael Bush regains his health and stays healthy, the Raiders look to have a formidable running game.
Kansas City Chiefs
Check out these Chiefs Command blog posts:
- It’s almost time to believe – Charlie Weis gets creative with the offensive play calling
- Offense grabs headlines, but D is the story – Brandon Flowers‘s INT leads to 7 points for the Chiefs
- Chiefs D costs 49ers offensive coordinator his job – Tamba Hali leads the Chiefs with 3 sacks
- Comparing NFL’s undefeated teams – Matchup the NFL’s 3 undefeated teams with the correct stats