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Report Card: Position grades for Chargers Week 3 loss

CARSON, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 22: Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers is tackled by defensive end J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 22, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)
CARSON, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 22: Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers is tackled by defensive end J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 22, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)
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CARSON, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 22: Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers is tackled by defensive end J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 22, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)
CARSON, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 22: Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers is tackled by defensive end J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 22, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)

Déjà vu anyone? For the second straight week the Los Angeles Chargers turned in a lackluster performance, and for the second straight week the Los Angeles Chargers came out with a loss.

Now sitting at 1-2 on the year, there’s a lot of frustration within the ranks of faithful Bolts fans. So who deserves the pitchforks this time around? We go position-by-position and examine the loss.

We could list a myriad of reasons for the Chargers’ 27-20 loss to the Houston Texans. We could start with the seven penalties for a total of 69 yards. We could continue talking about the 5-of-15 third-down efficiency. We could bring up the fact that the team got outscored 14-0 in the third quarter. We could discuss all of these factors that led to the disappointing loss, but Keenan Allen summed it up pretty darn well in his post-game comments by saying the team needs to stop shooting itself in the foot.

Need more explanation? We break it down in this week’s report card:

Phillip Rivers: B+

When looking at the numbers you might believe that Phillip Rivers had a better game this weekend than he did in the previous contest vs. Detroit. He had 318 yards and two touchdowns for a passer rating of 101.5.

However, Rivers is downgraded from last week’s A- as it took him 10 more completions to earn only 25 more yards. For the third time this year Rivers was good enough to win the football game, but for the second straight week was unable to will his team to the victory.

Hopefully, an easy matchup against the woeful Miami Dolphins will give Rivers the boost he needs to return to elite quarterback play.

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