Chargers Grades: Continued
Offensive Line: C-
I’m not sure how much more ragging on the offensive line I can do in this column. I tried to give them some credit with the admission that abandoning the run did this unit no favors, but at the end of the day, the Chargers’ offensive line failed to protect Rivers yet again.
Five sacks allowed on the day, a season-high, as Rivers continues to be forced to release the ball quickly and uncomfortably as the line erodes around them. Of all the absences that the Chargers are dealing with, Russell Okung’s makes a great case to remain the biggest hole.
Defensive Ends: B-
The struggles of the Houston Texans’ offensive line are well documented, and yet the Chargers were only able to register two sacks on the day. While the tandem of Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram was able to put significant pressure time and again on Deshaun Watson, the elusive Texans quarterback evaded time and time again to make big plays down the field.
Chargers fans have been eagerly awaiting the emergence of Bosa and Ingram as the top defensive end duo in the National Football League, but then Bosa suffered an injury last year to derail those hopes. This year even with both fully healthy, the gaudy expectations simply have not been met at this point in the season.
Defensive Tackles: A-
1.9 yards per carry. One. Point. Nine. That’s what the Chargers’ defense held Houston running back Carlos Hyde to in this contest, 1.9 yards per carry on 10 touches. That is a very strong day for the front line, albeit against less than superb competition in Houston’s ground game.
The defensive tackles fail to earn an A for their responsibility in failing to generate a pass rush, but if Brandon Mebane and company can continue to shore up the run it will go a long way toward helping the Chargers turn it around.