Heading into their first divisional matchup of the season, the Chargers knew that the only way to keep up with the vaunted Kansas City offense was to take the ball away from them before they have the chance to put points up on the board.
Fortunately, the Bolts did just that to the tune of four total turnovers, which included a pair of interceptions and fumble recoveries, both coming by way of Tevaughn Campbell.
The best of the four takeaways most certainly was this diving interception by rookie Asante Samuel Jr. who ended the Chiefs first drive of the game.
THE ROOK @godschild3_ | CBS pic.twitter.com/v2UVHvRuvU— Los Angeles Chargers (@chargers) September 26, 2021
While the Chargers were unable to turn the takeaway into points on the ensuing drive, Tevaughn Campbell would go on to force fumbles on back-to-back drives by the Chiefs, both of which led to touchdowns and the team’s 14-0 lead in the second quarter.
The final touchdown came via Alohi Gilman who hauled in his first professional interception on an overthrow from Mahomes to Travis Kelce on their final drive of the game.
Despite the defense letting up over 100 yards on the ground, the effort and performance by the secondary more than made up for the hemorrhaging up the middle. I’m not sure if this is a practical formula that the team can maintain throughout the season, but it was enough today against one of the best offense’s in the NFL and I think we should all be more than okay with that.