The offense was aided by a plethora of special teams and defensive plays that did the struggling offense some much needed favors. But the offense took advantage of the short field early with a short TD pass from Matt Cassel to rookie TE Tony Moeaki.
Cassel again struggled and was less than impressive. The franchise QB repeatedly overlooked open receivers and was obviously jumpy in the pocket. Cassel ended the first half with a QB rating of 74.1, going 6 of 14, totaling only 32 yards.
Chiefs Tight End Tony Moeaki gets his first NFL touchdown late in the second quarter.
The second half was even worse for the Chiefs' quarterback. Cassel ended the game with an embarrassing 68 yards going 10 for 22. Charlie Weis showed no confidence in his $63 million dollar quarterback, but put him in a position to not lose the game.
But Matt Cassel's role on this Chiefs squad is not to put up Drew Brees type numbers. His job is to protect the football and let his talented group of running backs wear down the opposing defense. Despite not putting up numbers, Cassel avoided the critical mistakes that would have killed the Chiefs chances at a win. If Cassel can continue to be smart, it will be enough to keep the Chiefs in the majority of their games. It won't take too many sub-100 yard games, however, before fans start clamoring for a new QB under center.
The most glaring stat was the time of possession. The Chiefs were nearly doubled in the category as the Chargers dominated ball control with 37 of the 60 minutes of the game. With the Chiefs offense being centered around ball control, this is not a positive sign.
But a win is a win is a win.
The Chiefs' offense did just enough to let the defense and special teams keep them in the game. Todd Haley mentioned after the preseason loss to the Eagles that the wins would sometimes come ugly, but he never could have imagined that those wins would come with the Chiefs not eclipsing the 200-yard mark.
The Chiefs did enough to win on Monday night, but if this offense can not reciprocate the favors given to them by the defense, it could get even uglier as the season wears on.