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Chargers: Grading week two performance by position

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 15: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers reacts to a call in the third quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on September 15, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 15: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers reacts to a call in the third quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on September 15, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
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DETROIT, MI – SEPTEMBER 15: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers is sacked by Romeo Okwara #95 of the Detroit Lions during the third quarter at Ford Field on September 15, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit defeated Los Angeles 13-10. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI – SEPTEMBER 15: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers is sacked by Romeo Okwara #95 of the Detroit Lions during the third quarter at Ford Field on September 15, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit defeated Los Angeles 13-10. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

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.

Dan Feeney posted the second-best lineman grade of the week, per Pro Football Focus, and both Ekeler and Jackson had ample running room to run, saving the O-Line from a far worse grade.

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.

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