The Los Angeles Chargers opened up their preseason Sunday night against the Seattle Seahawks. It was the opening game for the Bolts in StubHub Center and their first game in L.A. since their first season as a franchise. Unfortunately, it was an underwhelming opener, as the Chargers fell 48-17 to Seattle.
Hopefully last night’s showing doesn’t deter fans from checking out the squad this season. That is, unless this is what the squad will look like. Reminder: The last time the Chargers made the playoffs, they got blown out in the preseason against Seattle as well. Although it was a complete and utter blowout, there are still some positives that we can take away from this. Throughout this game, I found some winners and losers that ultimately stood out (some not in the best way).
WINNER: Offensive Line
The Chargers offense may not have looked in-sync, but it certainly was on the first drive. While there were plenty of winners from the first drive, it was all because of the line’s functionality. Philip Rivers, who went 5-6 for 56 yards and a touchdown, had time to throw and go through his progressions. On a 3rd-and-9 play early in the drive, none of the Seahawks were within three yards of Rivers, who took his time and let Travis Benjamin break into his route for the first down.
And while Melvin Gordon carried six times for only 14 yards, most of his runs were provided with a gap from the line. although it closed quickly a few times. Over the season, Gordon (who had 11 yards after contact) will find his groove behind this line. The more important thing to see was Rivers staying upright.