LA Chargers: The good, bad and ugly in Week 1 win vs. Bengals

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(Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images) – LA Chargers /

The LA Chargers squeaked by the Cincinnati Bengals by a final score of 16-13.

The LA Chargers won their Week 1 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals in a similar fashion to how they have lost games in the past. The Bengals seemingly had the go-ahead touchdown at the end of the game to A.J. Green but an offensive pass-interference call (and a good one) led to a field goal attempt.

Bengals’ kicker Randy Bullock, who was perfect for the team thus far in the game, missed a chip-shot field goal and appeared to hurt his hamstring in the process. The Chargers didn’t need overtime to win it and for the second straight year open the season with a win.

Some fans might think that the Chargers did not deserve this win and it is safe to say that the team did not play excellent football. However, an ugly win is better than a pretty loss and this could be huge for the team morale moving forward.

Plus, the Indianapolis Colts and Philadelphia Eagles both dropped games to bad teams earlier in the day that they should not have lost. Sure, the Chargers barely beat last year’s worst team, but anything can happen without a preseason. Just be happy the team got a win.

There is a lot to unfold from this game and we will be breaking it down in the following days here at Bolt Beat. Right now we bring you the good, the bad and the ugly from this game.

The good is self-explanatory, the bad are things that need to improve but should not yet be huge concerns and the ugly are things that should be concerning moving forward. Let’s get into it, shall we?