The Chiefs are not starting off this season too well. In fact, they have not started a season even 1-1 since 2014. Now, after a loss to the division-rival Los Angeles Chargers, the Chiefs have fallen to 1-2 on the season. Even worse, Kansas City is now in last place in the division, something they also have not done in a long time.
This season is already shaping up to be a weird one. For starters, the Chiefs are at the bottom of the division, and the Broncos and Raiders are tied for first with an undefeated record. If things like this are happening already, there is no telling what is in store for this season.
The Chiefs need to get it together, or they will not see a third straight super bowl. As a matter of fact, if other teams do what the Chargers did on Sunday, it will be hard for Kansas City to get a win.
The Chargers gameplan against Kansas City
It may be evident by now, or it may not be, but there is a way to beat the Chiefs. The Chargers did two things to make sure they would get the win over Kansas City.
Chargers head coach Brandon Staley, formerly the defensive coordinator for the Rams, added a big defensive game plan for the team. Their game plan was to make Patrick Mahomes and the company waste offensive possessions. They did that by forcing turnovers and getting the ball out of his hands.
Patrick Mahomes threw two interceptions in this game. One in which was intended to go to Marcus Kemp but was tipped by the receiver himself and then intercepted. The other was an attempted throwaway that was just short of the out of bounds due to the pressure that Los Angeles was giving.
The other thing the Chargers did, forced the Chiefs to play to the Charger’s defensive strengths. Los Angeles made Andy Reid run the ball, something they do not thrive on. And if we are being honest, the Chargers have a very good run defense.
They knew that allowing Patrick Mahomes to have time to throw the ball would not end in a win for them. So, they simply changed their game plan to cater to their strengths. That is something that does not happen much against the Chiefs and could happen more.
Usually, teams are so worried about stopping the Chiefs, that they forget what they are great at. However, that has not been the case thus far this season.
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