The Los Angeles Chargers got pushed around for four quarters in an embarrassing loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday Night Football. Hunter Henry was the lone bright spot.
First and foremost, respect to the Steelers. This Sunday gave the Chargers a great opportunity to bounce back and get some momentum going toward the rest of the season. But the Steelers came out and bullied them around for four quarters. The game was over after the first quarter. They flat out exposed every single one of the Chargers’ weaknesses. The lone bright spot was tight end Henry and he gets this week’s only game ball.
Many fans were cautiously optimistic about the insertion of Forrest Lamp into the starting lineup. He could have played his best game ever and it simply would not have mattered.
The Steelers defense played as dominant a game as they possibly could have. Of course, it didn’t help that the Chargers let Bud Dupree and T.J. Watt run free on multiple occasions. This is a game where the Chargers really missed guys like Russell Okung, Derwin James and Melvin Ingram. Anyone watching could tell the team was simply short on pride and any one of those guys would have helped immensely just from an emotional standpoint.
Henry ended up catching eight passes for 100 yards and the team’s only touchdowns on the evening. Rivers opened up the game by connecting with the tight end over the middle and it seemed like the offense was on its way to a big performance.
Unfortunately, that did not pan out. Henry, however, did have a big night. His first touchdown grab was a thing of beauty as he hung in the air and was able to come down with both feet in bounds. It was simply a great thing to see the tight end healthy and playing at a high level once again.
The Chargers have a lot of things they need to clean up if they really want to make a run at the playoffs. For whatever reason, they seem to start slow in every single game. These first six games were supposed to be the easy part of their schedule.
Now they’re heading into the gauntlet part and do not seem prepared at all. But hey at least they are starting to get some players healthy.