I was wrong about the defence. There, I said it. I wasn’t sure at the start of the season. I wasn’t sure for large parts of this game. But by the end of the game I came away a lot happier that they could keep us in games when things weren’t clicking for the offence.
I was wrong about the coverage too. Mid way through the 3rd quarter I tweeted.
The thing was, they were covering Mike Williams. He averaged just 1.3 yards of separation at the time of catch through the game. He was well covered. 60% of his receptions were when a defender was within a yard of him.
He was just better than Fenton, who, despite 2 DPI penalties and a holding call still couldn’t stop him catching the ball. Fenton was barely more than a yard away from him the whole route here. It didn’t matter.
Sneed had near perfect coverage on the brilliant one-handed touchdown catch. It didn’t matter. It was just a perfect throw and an excellent catch.
Sometimes you just have to doff your cap to the opponents when they are better than you. But, as the game wore on, the pass rush improved. Now that was probably helped by the Chargers losing their RT and C to injuries just after half time, but teams have had to play with depleted O Lines before…
Chris Jones lived in the backfield in the second half, causing enough disruption that after the Chargers first drive of the second half, they went punt, punt, interception, punt, punt on their next 5 possessions. The rookie class contributed too. Karlaftis, Chenal, Cook and Watson all took defensive snaps. Chenal, Cook and Williams all took Special Teams snaps. These guys will develop over the season, the more they play meaningful snaps now the faster that development should come. If we can still win while that development occurs, then that bodes well for late in the season.
The best contribution of all? Ah, you know. When your 7th round pick is making game winning plays then you know you’re doing something right. The play by Jaylen Watson gave the largest win probability swing for a pick 6 in the last 3 seasons. The Chiefs went from a 31% chance of winning to an 85% chance.
The Chargers played well. They were the better team for large portions of the game. They had their opportunities to put the Chiefs out of sight. They didn’t take them. And that’s the difference between the champs and the pretender. As Sherlock Holmes would tell you, “It’s elementary my dear Watson”