Well, that was horrible.
For the third consecutive week, the San Diego Chargers were embarrassed by the opposing team. The different between their Week 1 win over the Detroit Lions and the losses to the Cincinnati Bengals and the Minnesota Vikings? Andy Dalton and Teddy Bridgewater did not get injured during the game, and the starting Running Backs for the Bengals and Vikings were not injured prior to the game.
I don’t want to be too definitive, but it’s hard to look at the team that has played for the last few weeks and imagine them coming anywhere close to the playoffs.
To be fair, the Chargers were hampered in this one. There wasn’t an offensive lineman that didn’t get medical help from the trainers, and by the end of the game the team had zero backup offensive linemen and zero backup cornerbacks (they didn’t even have a nickel CB!).
Melvin Gordon stood no chance of picking up yards on the ground because the banged up offensive line opened no running lanes for him. Philip Rivers stood no chance of carrying this team on his back because he spent most of the day on it, the result of no pass protection (he was eventually removed for his own safety, but has now been sacked 11 times in 11 quarters of regular season play).
Even when the Chargers somehow managed to back their way into what appeared to be a successful play, it was usually brought back by a penalty.
To put it plainly, the Chargers are currently a bad football team that plays a sloppy brand of football and is probably more injured than any other NFL team despite coming into the season incredibly healthy.
The Chargers face the Cleveland Browns, and their attacking defense, at home next weekend and will be looking to keep the season from going down the drain.