Chargers Grades: Continued
Offensive Line: B-
This was the hardest group to grade for this game. Yes, they allowed zero sacks. Yes, they had to make several rotations due to injury with Forrest Lamp first moving to left guard, then to center.
Yes the Chargers at one point were playing with 40 percent of their intended starting offensive line. With all that being said, the running lanes simply weren’t there and if Rivers did not have one of the quickest deliveries in the game of football the Chargers would have had a lot more sacks allowed in this contest.
We have heard no updates on Russell Okung’s progress as of late, so expect the line to continue to force Rivers to throw sooner than he’d like to or suffer at the hands of eager edge rushers licking their chops against this beleaguered offensive line.
Interior Defensive Line: C-
Not much to be said here other than thirty. two. carries. for. one hundred. and. ninety-one. yards. Golly the Bolts interior defense got shredded by the Broncos run game. Making Phillip Lindsay look like the second coming of Barry Sanders is one thing, but also allowing Royce Freeman to burn you for 61 yards on 13 carries is simply salt in an open wound.
In a game like this one when your team is attempting to make a double-digit comeback deep into the fourth quarter, perhaps the most important thing that your team must do is stop the run. In this game, the Chargers were absolutely helpless in stopping the ground game for Denver which made it all too simple for veteran quarterback Joe Flacco to make simple throws when he had to and then return to running the crap out of the football.
Pass Rush: B
Three sacks Flacco in the game including an encouraging play by Jerry Tillery. Flacco could never get all the way comfortable in this contest, but he did have more than enough time on most occasions to make the plays necessary to win a football game.
At this moment in time, the pass rush is on the bottom of the list of concerns for the Chargers, but it was not at its best.