LA Chargers: The good, bad and ugly in loss to Denver Broncos

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(Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) – LA Chargers /

The LA Chargers found a new and inventive way to lose, this time 31-30 to the Denver Broncos.

This is starting to feel like some evil practical joke.

The LA Chargers were rolling in Week 8 against the Denver Broncos and decided that they had to one-up their previous losses. This time, instead of blowing a 16-point lead or a 17-point lead the team decided to blow a 21-POINT LEAD.

It was disgusting. The LA Chargers were noticeably the more talented team in Denver on Sunday afternoon but the same mismanaging and key mistakes led to a loss, per usual. Let’s just get into the good, bad and ugly.

The good:

Justin Herbert’s game

Justin Herbert was not great in this game but he certainly was good and he did what he could to put the Chargers in this game. Heck, the offense scored 30 points after an extremely slow start. He did his part.

Herbert finished with 278 yards and three touchdowns. He did throw two interceptions, and while he certainly deserves blame, both interceptions were cases of the Denver secondary making a really good play on the ball and forcing the takeaway.

Herbert did not give them anything.

Second-half running game:

The running game was okay in the first half but really got going in the second half and that is saying something considering Austin Ekeler is still out of commission. The Bolts finished with 210 rushing yards on the day — 89 for Justin Jackson, 67 for Troymaine Pope and 32 for Joshua Kelley.

First-half defense:

The defense crumbled. We will talk about it. However, in the first half, the defense looked the best it has all season. Shame it could not continue.