Chiefs movie review: How the defense stuck to turning off chargers in the second half

Not so often Kansas City Chiefs Fans can say that the team defense He won a certain game.

But they can say that about the bosses 27-24 wins Over the Los Angeles Chargers In Week 2. It wasn’t just the objection that rising linebacker Jaylen Watson was back for relegation as well. The entire group played a hand to get five stops in a row during the crucial second half stretch.

Let’s take a closer look at how Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnolo’s unit found a way to succeed.

Reaching the third place

From the start, the Kansas City defense tried to limit the Charger’s chances of gaining points by inviting them to run against softzone coverage, forcing Los Angeles to patiently turn away. When the chargers used multiple tight ends in their formation, Kansas City matched base personnel—using three players to help stop the run.

So rookie Leo Chenal got his first chance to contribute – and was an asset in The 22 shots he played.

In the plays shown here, he affects the running by attacking the gaps aggressively – then scores a quarterback kick during one of the few times L.A. has fallen back while on the field.

This approach worked. Back Chargers Gain only 3.4 yards per load in their 22nd attempts. The backstroke didn’t run more than eight yards.

This conservative defensive style constantly forced third defeats – even if the ideal positions were not in the third and long position. They were still high-pressure shots where the defense challenges the attack to execute a single game to achieve or break possession.

In the first half, the bosses Chargers forced into seven cases of the third degree – Los Angeles turned out only three of them. The defense’s ability to push their opponent into third place was a key role in keeping them only 10 points in the first half.

second half adjustments

But in the third quarter, the Chargers offense appeared more frequently. In 11 matches, they scored third place only twice. The second was another big play for the broad future Mike Williams. The 15-yard touchdown gave Los Angeles a 17-7 lead.

You have to give credit to Justin Herbert, the LA quarterback. In the few first-half shots where the Chiefs trusted his man’s coverage, cornerback Herbert chose Rashad Fenton: a penalty kick goes into the defensive pass in a third play down — then grabbed 39 yards by wide receiver Mike Williams. Both playbacks led directly to the two degrees the Charger achieved in the break.

The third quarter result was another example of Herbert and Williams winning the man cover; The wide player beats a hopping ball against Chiefs Cornerback L’Jarius Sneed. However, it will be Williams’ last for the evening – and the Chargers’ last record campaign until the final minutes of the game.

In the next round – with the score now 17-14 – the Chiefs’ defense forced a quick third defeat with the same early landing strategy they used in the first half.

Here we see that with two yards to shift, the chargers choose to back out. Herbert sees the same soft, deep coverage that he’s been seeing all night. But this time around, Justin Reed’s safety isn’t passive in his coverage. From deeper alignment, he’s driving fast on a winding road in sticks – timing the competition perfectly.

This enforced lack is a great example of how area coverage can be implemented, making throwing windows a lot more compact than the quarterback thinks.

Here we see that in the Chargers’ second attempt to extend their lead from 17-14, Kansas City imposes two incomplete runs in the first and second by attacking the back side of the playing pass more aggressively than they did at previous points in the game. In both plays, Herbert raises his eyes to pass by the handover – only to see a defender block the throwing lane.

In the ensuing third, defensive tackle Chris Jones ended the lead with a sack.

making plays

The Chargers pulled things together for their next possession, looking to score and break 17-17 from the two-yard line – but then Jaylen Watson happened.

We see that linebacker Willie Jay Jr. skip running back to protect the pass and force Herbert to speed up his throw – keeping the pass off target.

This game-changing play gave the Chiefs a 24-17 advantage. This means that the defense now must protect the bullets. While the Chargers’ offensive mindset has changed, Kansas City’s general game plan has remained the same: convert winnings into short passes or rounds. On the next drive, it helped put Los Angeles on the spot at third and 2 – tackling the loss forced a kick.

With the fourth quarter slipping, the Chargers had a second shot to equalize—but by then, the Chiefs’ defensive front had begun to overpower the pass block. The blows reached Herbert – both physically and mentally.

In this third pass, Herbert outlines the man’s coverage for Williams – but he’s the only one that actually works. The rest of the defense has area responsibilities. When he fired the shot, Herbert did not take it into account. He expects Jay to go through the window to cover the narrow end, but Jay reads Herbert’s eyes – and follows them straight to the pickup point for a scroll breakup.

When the leaders regained the ball, they regained three points. That put the Charger off—even if they cut the score to 27-24 in their final drive.

bottom line

For the most part, the Kansas City defense played a conservative style of football against Los Angeles, resulting in long distances and many attempts for third place.

The Chargers benefited from some sensitive defense shots – but in the second half, The Chiefs had five consecutive stopping points: four balls and a defensive touchdown. Let Los Angeles Turn only five of 16 chances down In third place.

The defense was secured with a well-adjusted strategy – and better execution from the players. It was a glimpse at how high the ceiling of this young group could be.