Nov 24, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Donnie Avery (17) catches a touchdown pass against San Diego Chargers cornerback Derek Cox (22) in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Halftime Report: Chiefs Lead Chargers But Lose Hali, Houston to Injury



Score: Chiefs 14, Chargers 10

Team Passing: Chiefs: 120; Chargers: 130

Team Rushing: Chiefs: 31; Chargers: 58

Turnovers: Chiefs 0, Chargers 0

Leading Passer: Chiefs – Alex Smith: 10-13, 130 yards, TD; Chargers – Philip Rivers: 13-19, 130 yards, TD

Leading Receiver: Chiefs – Donnie Avery: 2 receptions, 68 yards, TD; Chargers – Keenan Allen: 8 catches, 104 yards

Leading Rusher: Chiefs – Jamaal Charles: 6 carries, 32 yards, TD: ; Chargers – Ryan Mathews: 9 carries, 35 yards

Defensive Notes: No sacks so far, but a lot of pressure. Sacks are, obviously, a very nice thing to get, but pressure is more important to what the Chiefs do than sacks. Force the ball out early, force bad decisions. That’s what fuels this defense. … Marcus Cooper was burnt for a would-be touchdown had the ball not been overthrown, but otherwise he has had a solid game. The crossing routes that went against him were more on lack of pressure and safety help than on Cooper. … The lack of pass rush from the defensive ends shows up more when Hali and Houston are not on the field. This is something that has to be addressed in the offseason.

Key Play: KC’s defense held San Diego to a field goal in the first quarter even though the Charges dominated field position for the first 20 minutes of the game. This may end up being the key stretch of the game for the Chiefs, let alone the first half. Red zone performance means everything for the Chiefs.

PANIC?!: Nah.

Final Score Prediction: Chiefs 24, Chargers 13


Tamba Hali is out with an ankle injury. The initial fear was that it was an achilles issue, which would have been a season-ending injury. If it is just a sprained ankle then there is less of a chance this will be a long-term injury for Hali.

Justin Houston also went down for the Chiefs, though his injury doesn’t look to bad. It was arm related.

– Avery is either “on” or he is non-existent. This would be fine if he were a slot receiver (as he was for the Colts) but not good when he is the team’s second receiving option.

– Keenan Allen would have been a nice receiver to have, no? Third rounder went 13 picks after Travis Kelce. Marquise Godwin and Stedman Bailey also went after Kelce in that round.

– Rush defense looks the worst it has all season. Chargers are opening a lot of holes and running at will. Taking away Allen may mean nothing if they can’t stop the Chargers run game.

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