For those who believed the Chiefs were overrated after starting the season 9-0 without beating a single team with a winning record, last week's loss to the Broncos should have shown them that Kansas City is, at worst, a very solid team.
Despite losing two of their top defenders in the first half, Kansas City was in good position to beat the Chargers, who improve to 5-6 with the victory. But quarterback Philip Rivers was too much for the Chiefs defense.
For the second week in a row, the Chiefs defense allowed its most points of the season, and let's be clear: the Chargers have nothing on the offense of Peyton Manning and the Broncos. So should there be some concern for Kansas City? I would say yes.
Or to put it another way:
Chiefs went over a month w/ out facing a starting-caliber NFL QB. Rivers and Manning back-to-back -- different story.— Chris Sprow (@SprowESPN) November 24, 2013
The Chiefs most likely won't have a problem making the playoffs. They just won't do much of anything when they get there.
Here are some more of my favorite numbers from this game:
• Alex Smith's streak of 133 straight passes without an interception was broken in the third quarter when Marcus Gilchrist picked him. Before that, the last time Smith was intercepted was in Week 7 vs. the Texans, and on the season, he's only thrown five (against 14 touchdown passes).
• When Chiefs linebackers Tambi Hali and Justin Houston left the game with injuries in the first half, Kansas City lost two players who have combined for 20 sacks this season. Perhaps not coincidentally, Rivers only was sacked once on the day.
• On the Chiefs' first offensive series of the second half, the Chargers were penalized for defensive pass interference three times in the span of four plays. Not surprisingly, Kansas City finished that drive with a touchdown.
• The temperature at Arrowhead Stadium at the start of the game was a chilly 24 degrees. Before Sunday, Rivers had never won a game that was played in 32 degrees or colder (via Ed Werder).
BY THE NUMBERS
0: The number of times quarterbacks who are least 90 games over .500 in their careers have faced off against each other in an NFL matchup (via the Patriots). That streak ends Sunday night when the Broncos and Peyton Manning face the Patriots and Tom Brady.
1: The number of rushing yards for Texans running back Ben Tate on seven carries. According to Nick Mathews, Tate is the first running back this season to record one or less yards on seven or more carries.
9: The number of consecutive losses by the Texans, the worst slide in franchise history.
13: The number of touchdown catches for Mike Wallace that have been 40 yards or longer since 2010 (via ESPN Stats Info). This, even though he's caught just two touchdowns this season. His mark of 13 is the most of anybody in the league in that time frame (Green Bay's Jordy Nelson has 11).
22.3: The passer rating of Jets quarterback Geno Smith. But here's the good news. He's improving. Last week, his rating was 10.1.
258: The number of rushing yards allowed by the Bears against the Rams on Sunday. It's only the third time since 1977 Chicago has given up that many rushing yards (via Brad Biggs). It's happened a total of 14 times in team history. Not surprisingly, the team is 1-13 when it allows that many rushing yards.
294: The number of days since Jets safety Ed Reed has been a part of a victory. He missed the first two games of the season before losing seven straight with the Texans. Then, he's lost two straight since he joined the Jets. The last time his team won a game was -- you guessed it -- when the Ravens won the Super Bowl (H/T Rich Eisen).
390-plus: The number of yards thrown in a game four times this season by Rivers, which ties Joe Montana and Dan Marino for the most in a single season (via NFL Communications).
861: The number of receiving yards Calvin Johnson has accumulated in the last five games. That's the most of anybody in NFL history in a five-game span (via NFL Communications). The previous record was 822 from the Houston Oilers' Charley Hennigan in 1961.
11,019: The number of career receiving yards recorded by Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald, and with his performance Sunday, he becomes the youngest player in NFL history to break the 11,000-yard barrier. At the age of 30 years, 85 days, he beats out Randy Moss, who was 30 years, 222 days when he set the record. For the record, Jerry Rice was 31 years, 32 days when he crossed over 11,000 yards.
And my favorite number of the day
The NFC North went winless today -- and two of them played each other. That's amazing. Also stupid. But more amazing than stupid.— World of Isaac (@WorldofIsaac) November 24, 2013
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