Published: Mon, September 25, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Chargers Come Up Stagnant Against Chiefs

Chargers Come Up Stagnant Against Chiefs

The Chargers will stay in Los Angeles to play their third home game in a row next Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles (2-1).

It took less than two minutes on the opening quarter drive, as Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith to found Tyrek Hill on a deep 30 yard pass to his right for the touchdown. Terrance Mitchell got his second pick and the Chiefs converted it into a 34-yard Santos field goal and a 17-7 cushion.

And on the first play of the two-minute warning, rookie Kareem Hunt broke free for a 69-yard touchdown run to put the game out of reach.

The Miami Dolphins are racking up big frequent flyer miles.They started their season on the West Coast before traveling back to Miami. Which allowed Smith to release a short pass to the middle to Albert Wilson for the six yard touchdown and the 14-0 lead.

Cornerback Marcus Peters intercepted Rivers on the Chargers' second possession, as he took advantage of an ill-advised pass into heavy coverage. Los Angeles CB Jason Verrett will undergo season-ending knee surgery. After a crucial offensive penalty, the Bolts settled for a 29 yard field goal by Younghow Koo just before halftime.

With widespread rebuke around the league toward President Donald Trump for his obscene criticism of the kneeling by players during the national anthem in protest of social injustice, five Chargers either knelt or sat during the national anthem.

Chargers Come Up Stagnant Against Chiefs
Chargers Come Up Stagnant Against Chiefs

With Gordon's knee injury, the Bolts offensive became stagnant in the second unable to complete a scoring drive. Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) left the game briefly before returning.

But if Smith has been good, Hunt has been even better.

Smith was 16 of 21 for 155 yards.

Rivers finished 20-of-40 passing for 237 yards.

Rivers tossed his third interception of the half - his career-high is four in a game - and the Chiefs cashed in again. The veteran threw for two touchdowns and no interceptions, with a quarterback rating just under 130.

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