Chargers Waste A Lot Of Opportunities

By Ernie Padaon

Oct 6, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders cornerback DJ Hayden (25) intercepts the pass intended for San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen (13) in the end zone during the fourth quarter at Coliseum. The Oakland Raiders defeated the San Diego Chargers 27-17. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Why are people mad at Philip Rivers for the game yesterday? There are so many other fingers I would like to point at before I point at Philip Rivers.

The turnovers were HUGE in brining us down. Philip is going to have his share in the blame, but he also is one of the reasons why we even had a chance to come back in that game. Antonio Gates needs to bring down and bring some momentum to the offensive side of the ball. We need to run that in at the 1 yard line with someone that can get the score. If you are going to use Woodhead, you better block for him. We need 7 points in that situation!

When the defense finally was able to get a stop. When the defense finally was able to figure out how to stop Terrelle Pryor, we force a punt and we drop the ball and give up field position all over again! That HURT big time! We shot ourselves in the foot over and over again.

The defense kept getting stops and giving the offense a shot and then we have a fumble that goes in for a score to dig ourselves in a deeper hole. Every time we had a glimpse of hope, we turned the ball over. What was that?

When we can get a short field by actually forcing a turnover, we need to capitalize on that opportunity. On the 10 yard line, Kendall Reyes is the only person on the fumble and he let the Raiders scoop it up again and were able to punt it away.

We even get a ball that bounced in our direction after getting our field goal blocked and we couldn’t put the ball in the end zone (even though I still believe that Allen should have been called in for that touchdown).

The difference from the good teams and an 8-8 team, the good team will take advantage of all the opportunities that they get. We are a middle of the pack team until we learn how to take advantage of those opportunities. That is the reason why we lost to the Texans. That is the reason why we lost to the Raiders. We missed out on opportunities!