Don’t lose hope Chargers fans, there were bright spots
By John Burress
Look, it was ugly, but there were bright spots. I also know that the bottom line is winning but if the Bolts can win the next two home games against the Tennessee Titans and Miami Dolphins, we’re not out of it, although this division is awfully tough.
Aug 13, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (28) celebrates scoring a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans with teammate San Diego Chargers running back Danny Woodhead (39) during the first half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports
Melvin Gordon had a heck of a game with 145 combined yards. When the Chargers were at the 2-yard and passed four times, it seemed the plays were getting in late to Rivers and he didn’t have time to audible. Sure would have liked to see Gordon get one crack at the end zone. The fact that he’s on my fantasy team has nothing to do with it. Well, maybe a little.
The defense played great, they were put in a tough position time after time and came up with three turnovers including Casey Hayward’s interception for a touchdown. I just wish they wouldn’t have allowed those long passes toward the end of the game. Was Dwight Lowery right in holding up and not knocking the stuffing out of the receiver and risking a penalty? Tough to know what the rules are these days.
Drew Kaser had a good game but it sure seems as one part of special teams gets better another part gets worse. Josh Lambo showed he’s human and that blocked extra point put us in an odd point position as we tried to catch up the rest of the game. Can’t seem to put it all together for a full contest.
We are so close! A play or two in each of our losses and we’re as good as anyone. Right now we’re the team no one wants to play. We can beat anyone, anytime, anywhere, including beating ourselves.
Our next two opponents are in somewhat the same boat we are, they really can’t afford to lose any more. We’d better be careful. I certainly hope Jatavis Brown (knee) and Denzel Perryman (hamstring) are OK. Tyrell Williams too, although he came back into the game.
Anyway, the season’s half over, who knows? With five home games we could go 7-1 and win the division. As a fan since ’61, I’ve learned to always have hope and believe me, there have been years when that’s a challenge.