The Los Angeles just don’t fare well in the month of September.
After starting the season with an exciting overtime victory over the Indianapolis Colts, the Chargers have dropped two games in disappointing fashion and could easily be sitting at 0-3 right now.
That’s nothing new for the Chargers, particularly under Anthony Lynn. In Lynn’s first season as the team’s head coach, the Chargers started 0-4. They stumbled out to a 1-2 start last year before righting the ship and getting on a hot streak.
Still, Lynn currently has a 3-8 record in September and with the Kansas City Chiefs running roughshod over their opponents, the fact that the Chargers are already two games back in the division is not a good thing.
So what went wrong against the Houston Texans?
The Chargers jumped out to a 10-0 lead and were led by the play of Keenan Allen, who again put up huge numbers in defeat. Allen caught 13 passes for 183 yards and two touchdowns on the day. But it wasn’t enough.
Deshaun Watson, one of the best young players in the league, threw for 351 yards and led a second-half surge for the Texans that included 20 straight points. Jordan Akins caught two touchdown passes and the second, a 53-yard score, put the Texans up 27-17 halfway through the fourth quarter.
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The Chargers had a chance to tie the game on the last drive but Philip Rivers‘ efforts fell short and the Texans improved to 2-1 on the season.
The Chargers rushed for just 73 yards in the game and tallied only two sacks against Watson, who is sacked as often as any quarterback in the league.
But the difference was Watson. His playmaking ability was too much for the Chargers. He finished the game with 337 yards passing and three touchdowns.
Next up for the Chargers is a trip to Miami against the winless Dolphins. Though it is only Week 4, that should be considered a must-win game for the Chargers.