Right here’s what we discovered within the Chargers’ 21-13 loss to the New England Patriots:
1. The Chargers aren’t there but.
Midway by means of the soccer season, the Chargers have confirmed to everybody that they’re higher than their Zero-Four begin. And, midway by means of the season, the Chargers have confirmed to those self same of us that they’re not adequate to go beat the Patriots on their residence subject in New England.
Whereas the crew did some good issues in opposition to the Patriots, the protection nonetheless allowed a doable seven scoring drives. That six of these drives ended with a field-goal try is a victory in the identical approach that discovering out your flu is definitely simply meals poisoning.
The largest query marks, although, stay on the offensive aspect of the ball, the place the crew continues to scuffle. Sunday, the offense did seem like they have been on the cusp of a giant day, however little issues – a step out of bounds, a doable choose play, a few well timed drops and some pbades an inch or two off – held them to only a pair of touchdowns, and in opposition to a positive playoff crew, that’s not sufficient.
2. The errors have been simply too mbadive.
There have been loads of locations to search for performs the place the Chargers got here up too quick. Their tackling continued to be inconsistent and the Patriots’ working backs took benefit after they caught the ball in house. The offensive points beforehand talked about have been too expensive, and the Chargers didn’t take sufficient benefit of the Patriots’ uneven protection. However the largest mistake was Travis Benjamin’s punt return misadventure that changed into a security.
Benjamin, who received issues began within the shutout win over Denver, misplayed the punt when it was within the air after which fully misplaced observe of the place he was on the sphere, turning again into the tip zone on his approach throughout the sphere. He was tackled for a security, and on the next possession, the Patriots kicked a subject objective for a five-point swing. Had the Chargers not allowed these 5 factors the ultimate play of the sport wouldn’t have been a pressured go into the tip zone however a game-tying field-goal try.
three. The Chargers’ go rush isn’t infallible.
Melvin Ingram, Joey Bosa and Chris McCain give the Chargers an elite unit – an incredible benefit at any time when they step onto the soccer subject. The pbad-rushing trio may cause whole chaos and power quarterbacks into dangerous selections. Towards Tom Brady and the Patriots, although, the go rush wasn’t sufficient.
The crew didn’t get into the backfield sufficient, sacking Brady thrice with out forcing a turnover. He was in a position to slip and slide across the pocket, eluding rushers. And if he couldn’t discover a place to face, he merely both dumped the ball off to a working again or he threw it away. Whereas it’ll be tough to repeat, it’s a blueprint for opposing groups who badist to neutralize the Chargers’ defensive position.
Four. Everybody might use a break.
The bye week is coming on the excellent time for the Chargers, who’ve performed half their schedule. They’ve received bodily beat-up gamers like beginning deal with Joe Barksdale and working again Melvin Gordon, who undoubtedly want the time to heal. They’ve received an necessary piece, beginning linebacker Denzel Perryman, coming again off the injured reserve. However extra importantly, the Chargers get an opportunity to reset mentally.
After beginning the 12 months Zero-Four, the crew has needed to expend an incredible quantity of psychological vitality to try to discover methods to dig out of that awfully giant gap. A loss to New England, which snapped a three-game successful streak, might’ve pressured the crew to spiral. Now, they get every week to course of every part earlier than starting their second half in Jacksonville.