It’s just one loss, right?
The Los Angeles Chargers are 0-1 to start a season for the third year in a row after a humbling defeat at the hands of the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. But it’s not just one loss. It’s a loss to a team the Chargers can’t find a way to beat. It’s a loss in the division and it’s a divisional loss at home.
That’s a rough way to start a season for any team, but it’s particularly rough for this team.
This is a team that has a fanbase that frequently utters the phrase, “same old Chargers”. This is a team that, even with what appears to be a talented roster, can’t seem to get support in the city it insisted on moving into.
And this is a team despite all of the talent that just can’t seem to win when it matters most; when the lights are the brightest.
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The Chargers were soundly defeated by the Chiefs on Sunday, a team with a wide receiver possessing track-star speed and a quarterback playing in his first meaningful game. That’s really all the Chiefs had on Sunday, but boy were they good.
Not only did Patrick Mahomes and Tyreek Hill put the Chargers on notice, they sent a message to the rest of the league. So how can the Chargers ever get over this hump clad in red?
Things should get better, at least in the immediate future. The Buffalo Bills are next on the slate but then the Chargers have games against tough squads in the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers.
They can’t afford to lose too much ground on the Chiefs, especially since they still have to go to Arrowhead Stadium later this year.
It was just one game, but it couldn’t have been a bigger loss to start the year. The onus will now be on the Chargers to stay focused and recover from a rough, early blow. Philip Rivers will be charged with rallying the troops.
Are you confident in the outcome?