The Chargers don't begin seasons well under Norv Turner and that trend looks like it will continue. They started 1-3 in 2007, then 2-3 the following two years. With all its talent, why can't San Diego be ready to play in the regular season?
Chargers need help at WR
Yes, Philip Rivers threw for almost 300 yards. But when he needed a big play from his wide receivers -- Malcom Floyd (pictured) included -- they didn't come through. Maybe San Diego does miss Vincent Jackson.
Can't run the ball
Chargers rookie Ryan Mathews did gain 75 yards on 19 carries Monday. Not bad, but he sure didn't make anybody forget about the great seasons LaDainian Tomlinson had with San Diego. Rushing for 109 yards as a team won't get it done -- and it didn't against the Chiefs.
Rivers is fantastic
His emotions almost got the best of him, but Rivers was clearly the best player in white and blue Monday. In poor conditions, he threw for 298 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. His energy sparked a frenetic rally, but he can't win by himself. Plus, let's give credit to a Chiefs defense that was in his face all night and held a high-powered attack to only 14 points.
Chiefs make timely plays
Kansas City didn't do much offensively, but the team was opportunistic. Two of its running backs scored on long plays -- Jamaal Charles (pictured) on a 56-yard run and rookie Dexter McCluster on a 94-yard punt return.