LA Chargers: Week 2 proves the team can compete

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In Week 2, the LA Chargers went to battle with the Kansas City Chiefs, unfortunately they came up just short.

The Los Angeles Chargers came to play in Week 2 against the Kansas City Chiefs in their new home.

After beating the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 1, Los Angeles was looking to pick up a statement win against a division rival and the defending Super Bowl Champs. Things got off to a strange start for Los Angeles, as Tyrod Taylor was shockingly ruled out just before the game.

Taylor was dealing with a bit of a chest issue, and it ended up keeping him from playing in this game. With Taylor out, the Chargers turned to Justin Herbert to lead the team against the Chiefs.

Playing in your first game is never easy, but Herbert was really behind the eight-ball with limited practice during the week or preparation for his debut. However, despite not being able to be properly prepared, Herbert played a very nice game for the Chargers. While there were a few rookie mistakes, Herbert looked pretty impressive.

In addition to Herbert playing well, the Chargers got a strong showing from both their running game and their defense. The defense of the Chargers really rose to the occasion against Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs high-powered offense.

The gameplan for the Chargers to keep Mahomes off the field and get pressure on him when he was playing worked very nicely. Unfortunately, the Chargers came up just short in the game, but it was a very encouraging performance. If not for a few plays, the Chargers could have easily won this game.

With the Chargers competing with the Chiefs, they have to be pretty optimistic about what they can accomplish this season. With a strong running game and defense, the Chargers are going to be able to compete for a playoff spot this season based on what we saw against the Chiefs.