For the third straight week, Sunday night ended in heartbreak for the Los Angeles Chargers, losing 23-20 to the Tennessee Titans. This is another crushing loss for Head Coach Anthony Lynn and morale in the team will be extremely low as their record drops to 2-5.
Unlike the last two games when they were scoreless, the Chargers were much better in the first half against the Titans. They managed to score a touchdown and a field goal to head into half time with the game tied 10-10.
However they still managed to fall short of victory late in this game. On the game-ending drive, the Chargers fumbled the ball on a run from the 1-yard line, after the referees incorrectly signalled for a touchdown twice. This is now the fifth game that the Chargers have lost by one touchdown or less this season.
Defensive end Joey Bosa was the stand-out player this week for the Bolts and will provide Chargers fans with optimism that the weak pass rush is now improving as the season goes on. Bosa recorded six tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble in a game in which he dominated the Titans O-line.
After the loss, Bosa has challenged his teammates to improve by saying to reporters: “I’m going to come to work and (expletive) work Monday, so we’ll see who comes with me, but we still have a great opportunity to turn this around.”
Despite Bosa’s dominance on Sunday, the Chargers’ defense once again struggled to stop a back-up quarterback as Ryan Tannehill marched the Titans downfield with ease, a week after third-string undrafted Pittsburgh quarterback Devlin Hodges recorded his first NFL win against the Bolts. Although the multiple defensive injuries are contributing to the poor performances, Defensive Coach Gus Bradley must get his defense to perform better if the team are going to have any hope of turning this season around.
Next week, the Chargers head to Chicago where they will face a top defensive unit in the Bears. This will be a real test for Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers and his weak offensive line, which has struggled so far this season in the face of good pass rushing.
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