Ryan Pedersen: Chargers Defeat Chiefs; Get to .500
All week long there was speculation that Norv Turner’s job was at stake if the Chargers suffered another disappointing loss to the Chiefs. Instead, Norv Turner was actually smiling for once following a 31-13 win over the worst team in the league, the Kansas City Chiefs, completing a season sweep and improving the Chargers record to 3-1 in the AFC West.
Things weren’t looking too hot going into halftime only up by 4 on KC and a rumble of “boo’s” directed at Philip Rivers for yet another costly pick by Chiefs Safety Eric Berry. But instead of the Chiefs taking advantage of the momentum swing, they pretty much just handed the Bolts the game in the second half.
Now, what turned out to be a winnable schedule has now turned into a month long test for the Bolts with two tough road games against Tampa Bay (somewhere Vincent Jackson is hungry and will be ready to feast on this average Charger secondary) and a re-match of the Monday Night meltdown at Denver and ending the month with another tough test of the Baltimore Ravens at home. Now that everyone has put away the pitchforks for now on coach Turner I wouldn’t hold your breath. Tampa has been on a up swing and everyone’s fantasy teams that own Doug Martin hope for yet another huge day from the Boise State ”Muscle Hamster” (I heard he hates that nickname but first thing came to mind were those creepy car hamsters.)
Game Ball: Philip Rivers, nearly perfect on the night minus the INT
Honorary mention: SDSU for beating Boise St (Sorry Xander) only 4th loss since 2000 on the smurf turf.
Dolt of the game: Scott Pioli (Chiefs GM) yikes, from AFC West Champs in 2010 to 1-7 in 2012, who do they take with the first pick next year?