QB Philip Rivers looked very un-MVP-like in the Chargers loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
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The San Diego Chargers and the New Orleans Saints have several important things in common: they both employed Drew Brees, they both have QBs that are considered the best in the game right now, and they both lost trap games in the final minutes after costly mistakes.
The Saints we can understand how they struggled: on the road they’ve always been a different team and DC Rob Ryan’s defenses have a tendency to fall apart at the end of the game. But the Chargers loss was a little more perplexing. The Chargers were outpassed, outran and all-in-all outplayed by a Chiefs team that has struggled to put games away on the road. The losses also cost both teams a 1st-place spot in their respective division races.
In this league, trap games are the ones you absolutely cannot lose – especially when you’re a legitimate playoff contender (or trying to be).
Here are the five biggest losers from Week 7 of the NFL:
Seattle Seahawks – Whether or not the Percy Harvin trade was the main distraction, it doesn’t really matter, the Seahawks were ultimately undone by their own over-confidence and were fooled on two key special teams plays.
San Diego Chargers – The loss to a division opponent was bad, but now that the Broncos are in front of the division this Thursday’s game becomes an absolute must-win for the Chargers to win the division this year.
San Francisco 49ers – It’s hard to fault the 49ers for playing so poorly on such an important night for Peyton Manning – the ’85 Bears may have had a tough time defending some of those passes. But the offense just could not get going early in the game.
New Orleans Saints – The Saints road woes continue. The only issue that remains to be resolved is whether the blame falls on QB Drew Brees or DC Rob Ryan? Or is it both equally?
Cleveland Browns – Coming off two incredible wins over the Titans and Steelers it was almost predictable that the masks would come off and the terrible Browns offense would show itself against one of the worst offenses in NFL history.View poll on FanMob