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NFL Week 2 Game Recap: Kansas City Chiefs 27, Los Angeles Chargers 24

Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) throws against the Los Angeles Chargers during the second half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs escaped Arrowhead Stadium with a victory in a dual between two of the NFL's brightest young stars, Patrick Mahomes and Justin Herbert, besting the Los Angeles Chargers 27-24 to kick off Week 2 on Thursday night.

While the Chiefs offense receives most of the attention, the defense made the play that changed the course of the game, as cornerback Jaylen Watson intercepted Herbert and returned it 99 yards for the game-changing score.

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Offensive spotlight: Mahomes finished with a sparkling statline — 24-of-35 for 235 passing yards, two touchdowns and two big-time throws — but that ignores the three turnover-worthy plays that the Chargers defense failed to capitalize on. Still, Mahomes was able to make the big plays when it counted, showing off the dazzling traits that make him one of the NFL's best quarterbacks on his 41-yard touchdown pass to Justin Watson in the third quarter.

Herbert sustained an injury scare late in the game, as he missed a play due to what appeared to be a rib injury; however, he put together a noteworthy performance despite the loss, going 33-of-48 for 334 three touchdowns, an interception and two big-time throws.

Defensive spotlight: Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones was a one-man wrecking crew on Thursday night Ultimately, Jones finished with a game-high five total pressures and two sacks to go along with an impressive 22.6% pass-rush win rate en route to a 90.0-plus pass-rush grade on first review. Jones also added a stop against the run as well.

Rookie spotlight: Chiefs rookie LB Leo Chenal performed admirably in the second NFL game of his career, notching two tackles, a run stop and a quarterback hit on 22 snaps. The third-rounder posted 65.0-plus grades in the pass-rush, run-defense and coverage departments on first review.

Offensive line spotlight: Ultimately, neither offensive performed overly well in pass protection, as both teams graded sub-55.0 in the pass protection department on first review.

Chiefs guard Trey Smith paced his unit, allowing just one pressure across 36 pass-blocking snaps. On the other side, Rashawn Slater put together the most notable best pass-blocking performance for the Chargers, allowing zero pressures across 51 pass-blocking snaps.


Betting Summary

Betting Odds Closing Result
Spread KC -4 LAC Covers
O/U 52.5 Under

Box Score

Passing
Los Angeles Chargers
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int
Justin Herbert 27.46 33/48 334 7 3 1
Kansas City Chiefs
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int
Patrick Mahomes 17.2 24/35 235 6.7 2 0
Rushing
Los Angeles Chargers
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD
Justin Herbert 27.46 2 1 0.5 0
Austin Ekeler 18.4 14 39 2.8 0
Joshua Kelley 3.5 4 22 5.5 0
Sony Michel 2.9 4 13 3.2 0
Kansas City Chiefs
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD
Patrick Mahomes 17.2 2 -2 -1 0
Clyde Edwards-Helaire 15.8 8 74 9.2 0
Jerick McKinnon 9.6 4 12 3 0
Mecole Hardman 7.5 1 -4 -4 0
Michael Burton 1.8 1 6 6 0
Isiah Pacheco 0.6 2 6 3 0
Receiving
Los Angeles Chargers
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD
Mike Williams 28.3 11 8 113 10.3 1
Austin Ekeler 18.4 10 9 55 5.5 0
Gerald Everett 13.1 10 6 71 7.1 0
Joshua Palmer 13 8 4 30 3.8 1
DeAndre Carter 8.5 3 3 55 18.3 0
Zander Horvath 7.1 2 1 1 0.5 1
Joshua Kelley 3.5 2 1 3 1.5 0
Sony Michel 2.9 1 1 6 6 0
Kansas City Chiefs
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD
Clyde Edwards-Helaire 15.8 4 4 44 11 0
Justin Watson 13 2 2 50 25 1
Travis Kelce 10.1 7 5 51 7.3 0
Jerick McKinnon 9.6 2 2 4 2 1
Mecole Hardman 7.5 4 3 49 12.2 0
JuJu Smith-Schuster 4 3 3 10 3.3 0
Marquez Valdes-Scantling 3.3 7 2 13 1.9 0
Noah Gray 3.2 3 2 12 4 0
Michael Burton 1.8 1 1 2 2 0
Jody Fortson 0 1 0 0 0 0

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