Losing to a division rival hurts. Losing to a division rival that was previously 0-4 is borderline devastating. Yet that is exactly what the Los Angeles Chargers did this past Sunday, falling to the Denver Broncos 20-13.
It takes a Bob Ross-level of unrelenting optimism from any Chargers fan to not feel completely distraught after Sunday’s loss to the Broncos. The Chargers were at home against an 0-4 club that just lost a star pass rusher and the Bolts fell absolutely flat.
Now at 2-3 and with more questions than answers, L.A. looks hopelessly lost and drastically different than the team that was a trendy Super Bowl candidate in the offseason. We try and inject some of that Bob Ross-level cheer into your day and find some lone bright spots in a dark day for the Chargers.
Phillip Rivers: C
While fantasy numbers should never be used as the main metric in evaluating a quarterback’s day, they can often give us a small glimpse into the kind of afternoon had by a particular signal-caller.
Phillip Rivers? ESPN Standard Scoring mark of 4.1. A small reference point, Chargers kicker Chase McLaughlin recorded seven fantasy points on the day. Other than fantasy points almost every other available metric will tell you how bad Rivers was Sunday: 32.0 QBR, 4.4 yards per attempt, and of course the two interceptions are just a few.
Cutting straight to the chase: Rivers did not play like a winning quarterback and the Chargers did not win the game. Yes, Rivers has pass-catchers missing time due to injury, but at the end of the day for the Bolts to succeed this season they MUST get better play from No.17.