Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (knee) left Sunday's Week 3 game against the Kansas City Chiefs and is questionable to return. Running back Kareem Hunt on a hand off from Alex Smith, scored on a 69-yard touchdown run which proved to be a dagger in the final quarter.
Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith had earlier thrown two touchdown passes in the first nine minutes of the contest, with Kansas City capitalising on two Philip Rivers interceptions.
The Chargers outgained Kansas City, 330-311 and led 24-16 in first downs.
Cornerback Marcus Peters intercepted Rivers on the Chargers' second possession, as he took advantage of an ill-advised pass into heavy coverage.
Since the Chiefs have the lead they need to drain the clock and wear out Los Angeles' defense.
A lot of this has to do with Hunt's impressive balance allowing him to keep moving forward after the first big hit, with the rookie averaging 3.94 yards after contact against the Chargers. Daniel Sorensen appeared to come up with a deflected pass in the fourth quarter but video review showed it touched the ground first. He had a 78-yard touchdown catch and a 58-yard run in that game, and followed that performance with a 53-yard touchdown run against the Eagles, part of a 109-yard afternoon in combined yardage.
For the Chiefs, today's game is about putting their first AFC West opponent in a hard hole and winning a game that's predicted to be among the easier ones on the schedule to keep pace with their competition in the division and AFC. Terrance Mitchell got his second pick and the Chiefs converted it into a 34-yard Santos field goal and a 17-7 cushion.
Rivers was sloppy with the football and it was right from the get-go.
In Week 1, the Chargers kicker Younghoe Koo missed a game-tying field goal in their loss to the Denver Broncos.
Chargers: Gordon injured his knee late in the second quarter.
At this point, there's no telling what Kareem Hunt might do from week to week.
But they still have enough pieces to be among the NFL's leaders in takeaways.
Two things have become clear for the Chiefs this season.
Rivers finished 20-of-40 for 237 yards and no touchdown passes.