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Looking Back At The Chargers Loss

San Diego Chargers Lose to the Kansas City Chiefs, 23-20 - Bolts From The Blue. It was an embarrassing game for two Charger players in particular.

QB Philip Rivers. He really did look good for most of the night (369 yards passing) but he had two interceptions (he overthrew the first one, the second was tipped at the line) and had a devastating botched snap with under a minute to go in the game. They were well within field goal range at that time. John Gennaro wrote the Rivers "might be their worst player this season.

LT Marcus McNeill. He committed seven (SEVEN) penalties all by himself as he failed to block DE Tamba Hali. And Hali still had 2 sacks. Hali is a very good player, but that still might have been the worst game by an offensive lineman I've ever seen. 

On offense, despite all the mistakes listed above, the Chargers present a lot of problems for the Packers defense. They gained a lot of yards on crossing routes to receivers and running backs, which is an area the pass defense has struggled with. They like to throw deep along the sidelines, so it's very good news that CB Sam Shields was back at practice for the first time since he suffered a concussion against the Rams.

On defense, the Chargers allowed a lot of long completions. The long touchdown pass to rookie WR Jon Baldwin was their biggest play allowed, but overall QB Matt Cassel averaged 8.2 yards per attempt against them, which boosted his overall ranking this season to 27th overall at 6.51. Aaron Rodgers is far and away the leader in the NFL with 9.93 yards per attempt (Eli Manning is a distant 2nd at 8.83). If Cassel was burning them deep, then what will Rodgers do?