2. Much better effort from the offensive line
The offensive line was one of the best storylines for the Chargers in the first two weeks. Even with Bryan Bulaga and Trai Turner missing some time here and there, they put up great efforts in their first two games.
That all changed on Sunday, as the Panthers recorded 21 pressures vs. the Chargers’ offensive line. Herbert only took two sacks technically speaking, but he was harassed on a lot of throws and took quite a few body shots, including one to his ribs. Bryan Bulaga left the game with an injury while Trai Turner never played due to prior injuries. Anthony Lynn said Turner was “not ready”.
Once Trey Pipkins was in the game, Brian Burns had a little too much fun with him. Ryan Groy was totally unfocused. For the third time in three weeks, the Chargers didn’t have a healthy offensive line.
Even with the banged-up O-Line in the first two weeks, the Chargers had better effort. This time though, Feeney, Lamp, and Tevi just couldn’t make up for the losses on the right side.
Any way you slice it, giving up 20+ pressures to a defensive line that had eight combined in the first two games was not just a sign of injuries, but also a lack of effort. The Tampa Bay defensive line scares me heading into Week 4 since they have a few of the best interior tackles in the league.