Smith, Hunt guide Chiefs by winless Chargers
CARSON, Calif. -- Alex Smith threw for two touchdowns and Philip Rivers heaved three interceptions as the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Los Angeles Chargers 24-10 before a crowd of 25,386 at the StubHub Center on Sunday.
Smith clicked with Tyreek Hill and Albert Wilson for first-quarter scores. Both of the touchdowns, as well as Cairo Santos' second-quarter field goal, came off turnovers by Rivers.
Kareem Hunt, who paced all rushers with 172 yards on 17 carries, had a 69-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter as the Chiefs were trying to run out the clock.
Kansas City (3-0) remains atop the AFC West while the Chargers (0-3) still seek their first win since moving from San Diego after 56 seasons. It was the Chargers' 14th loss in their last 15 games against a divisional foe.
Smith was 16 of 21 for 155 yards.
Rivers, who has led or shared the NFL lead for most interceptions in two of the past three seasons, completed 20 of 40 passes for 237 yards.
L.A.'s Travis Benjamin paced all receivers with 105 yards on five catches.
Melvin Ingram had three of the Chargers' five sacks.
The Chargers, who have lost 26 of their past 35 games, had to punt with about four minutes remaining. L.A.'s defense, which played well against the explosive Chiefs, was unable to stop Kansas City as Hunt got loose on his long scoring run to ice the win.
Rookie Younghoe Koo, who hasn't come through late in both of the Chargers' losses, was good from 29 yards out to pull L.A. to within 17-10 just prior to halftime.
Rivers tossed his third interception of the half -- his career-high is four in a game -- and the Chiefs cashed in again. Terrance Mitchell got his second pick and the Chiefs converted it into a 34-yard Santos field goal and a 17-7 cushion.
L.A. got back into the game toward the end of the first quarter, thanks to Melvin Gordon's 11-yard scoring run around the right side. That sliced the Chiefs' advantage to 14-7.
Cornerback Marcus Peters intercepted Rivers on the Chargers' second possession, as he took advantage of an ill-advised pass into heavy coverage. Rivers, who led the league with 21 interceptions last year, had two in his first four attempts.
Smith made it 14-0 when he clicked with Wilson for a 6-yard completion.
Rivers was sloppy with the football and it was right from the get-go. His second pass was intercepted by Mitchell and the Chiefs struck quickly. Four plays later Smith found Hill for a 30-yard score on a crossing route for a 7-0 lead.
NOTES: Chiefs C Mitch Morse (foot) was unable to go, with Zach Fulton, a former starting guard, sliding over to fill in. ... Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) left the game briefly before returning. ... Los Angeles CB Jason Verrett will undergo season-ending knee surgery. Verrett's attempt to return from last year's knee operation wasn't successful. ... Chargers RT Joe Barksdale (foot) was out of the lineup, replaced by Michael Schofield.