Chargers grades: Continued
Offensive Line: C
Part of me wants to split this grade into two categories: Sam Tevi and the rest of the O-line. Tevi was downright putrid and was the culprit of touchdown-removing penalties that made the difference between winning and losing this contest. While the unit only surrendered one sack on the day, Phillip Rivers was running for his life for a broad majority of the game and was knocked down six times.
For the Chargers to even sniff a deep postseason run this unit must improve (Trent Williams anyone?).
Defensive end: B-
No sacks recorded and only one tackle for loss is not the recipe for a dominant day from the pass rushers. Narrowly avoiding a C by putting just enough pressure to force Mathew Stafford into the occasional bad throw, the outside portion of the D-line was a virtual non-factor in a game that is was desperately needed.
Interior Defensive Line: B+
Holding a pretty stout Detroit running game to under 100-yards as a whole while limiting talented back Kerryon Johnson to just 41 yards on 12 carries is no small feat, especially after the gashing that Marlon Mack did just a week prior. Jerry Tillery got in for a tackle as well, and the interior defensive line was one of a few bright spots in a bleak game.