The LA Chargers did not look as ferocious on the defensive line as they have recently in their 21-16 loss on Sunday. Here’s Joey Bosa’s grade for the game.
The LA Chargers defense had quite the “bend don’t break” mentality in their Week 3 loss to the Carolina Panthers. With how it started, this game could’ve very well been a blowout by halftime. Instead, the LA Chargers battled it out until the very last play, and had a shot to win it too.
In the first two weeks of the season, the defensive line gave opposing offenses fits. Superstar Joey Bosa had a lot to do with that. However, this week the defensive line did not do too much to hinder Teddy Two Gloves even with Christian McCaffrey on the IR. Once again, Joey Bosa had a lot to do with that.
Joey Bosa had a pretty unimpressive day. He finished the day with just two tackles (both for a loss of yards), one sack, and one quarterback hit. With that said, a C+ is all I feel Bosa earned after two straight weeks with a perfect A+ grade. Here’s why.
Breaking down Joey Bosa’s C+ grade:
I am sure everyone here can agree on one thing assuming they watched the game. Joey Bosa made one real noteworthy play throughout this entire game. It happened to be one of the key plays of the game at the time, but maybe had he done a bit more over the other 55 minutes or so, the LA Chargers would’ve been closer to getting the win.
The Carolina Panthers played Sunday’s game with a very banged up offensive line. The Chargers were without Bosa’s superstar running mate Melvin Ingram III, but there was no reason the rest of the line should’ve looked so atrocious. Mike Davis spent much of the game looking like LaDainian Tomlinson, and Teddy Bridgewater was able to make important plays when they mattered.
People may overreact and say that Joey Bosa is nothing without Melvin Ingram. However, that isn’t true. He will perform better, and I feel the LA Chargers really just did not come ready to play in any facet of the game. Bosa is still currently the best active player on the roster, and that will not change. If he continues to jump offsides and extend drives for teams, the criticism will only pile on for him.
Joey Bosa still has the potential to be a Defensive Player of the Year candidate. He will have a great opportunity to show that next week as the LA Chargers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers face off with the Chargers looking to bounce back and get to 2-2 on the season. If they finally look to beat Tom Brady, Bosa will need to be at his best.