The Los Angeles Chargers suffered a tough loss at the hands of the New England Patriots in Week 8, snapping their three-game winning streak.
There was a lot of excitement heading into the game against the Patriots. Many wanted the Chargers to go into New England and pull off an upset to get to 4-4 on the season after starting 0-4. But, through the Chargers’ poor offensive play, the refs and some sloppy mistakes on offense, the Patriots defeated the Chargers in a game where neither team really played their best football. Let’s get into the game itself.
1. The Good, bad and ugly of Travis Benjamin
Travis Benjamin was in full force Sunday, in good ways and bad ways. Let’s start with the good. He did catch a big touchdown in the fourth quarter to put the Chargers back in the game and he had a touchdown that was called off on a long run to the end zone. Most agree that the penalty called on the Chargers was pretty bad, considering that two Patriots defenders ran into each other.
The bad and ugly? Well, the bad was not getting out of bounds with less than a minute in the fourth quarter. That let 10-20 seconds roll off the clock that made it harder for the Chargers to drive down and score. The ugly? Muffing a punt and running backwards to the end zone for a safety. Benjamin, in some great ways and some terrible ways, was on full display and it was just awkward to watch such a talented player make some great plays, but some really awful mistakes.