SAN DIEGO - SEPTEMBER 25: Quarterback Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs greets quarterback Philip Rivers #12 of the San Diego Chargers after their game at Qualcomm Stadium on September 25, 2011 in San Diego, California. The Chargers won 20-17. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
The Kansas City Chiefs lost to the San Diego Chargers in Week 3 moving their record to 0-3 on the season. Here are five good stats from that game and below are five bad stats.
0. Points off turnovers for the Chiefs. They created two turnovers, which is a step in the right direction, but didn't score any points off of it. In fact, the following drives ended on a penalty (which lead to a missed field goal) and a fumble recovered by the Chiefs (which lead to a punt). The Chargers actually came back and scored on the following drives after the Chiefs gave them the ball back. You have to capitalize on your turnovers, especially when the offense is struggling.
1-of-2. Ryan Succop's field goals. He missed a 38-yarder after the Chiefs created a turnover, which would have given the Chiefs the first points of the day. We said KC had to start fast in this game, even if that was just a field goal. They had their chance and Succop missed it. He's regressing during his time in the NFL: 86.2 percent in year one, 76.9 percent in year two and now 40 percent (2-of-5) so far in year three.
3. Penalties by Leonard Pope. So strange to see Pope, of all people, come out with three penalties. The first one negated what appeared to be a first down conversion on a fourth down. The second one negated a completion to Steve Breaston. And the final one pushed the Chiefs back 15 yards on the kickoff after Pope caught a touchdown pass. Where did this penalty outburst come from for Pope?
2.2. Yards per carry by Thomas Jones. The Chiefs indicated after the Jamaal Charles season-ending injury that Jones would see an increase in carries. He had 14 against the Chargers, and walked away with a total of 31 yards. His longest of the day was six yards, which means on 13 other carries, he averaged less than two yards per carry.
1. Interceptions by Cassel. It was an upgrade from previous weeks (which is bad enough) but...how do you throw that pick?