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LA Chargers: Positive standouts from Week 8 loss to Denver Broncos

DENVER, COLORADO - NOVEMBER 01: Quarterback Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers hands the ball off to teammate Troymaine Pope #35 as they take on the Denver Broncos in the fourth quarter of the game at Empower Field At Mile High on November 01, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
DENVER, COLORADO - NOVEMBER 01: Quarterback Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers hands the ball off to teammate Troymaine Pope #35 as they take on the Denver Broncos in the fourth quarter of the game at Empower Field At Mile High on November 01, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

Not everything was negative in the LA Chargers’ Week 8 loss to the Denver Broncos.

The LA Chargers lost yet another ugly game this season as they blew a 24-3 lead to the Denver Broncos, losing on the final play of regulation by a score of 31-30. This was particularly frustrating as the Chargers were the more talented team and allowed a stagnant Denver offense to score 28 points in the second half.

It sucked. It hurt. It practically ended the Chargers’ playoff hopes and it officially put Anthony Lynn on the hot seat (something fans have been asking for).

Let’s at least try and take some positives. Here are the positive standouts from the game.

1. Troeymaine Pope

Troymaine Pope was brought on as a depth running back when Austin Ekeler got injured and had a really solid game this week against Denver. The Chargers’ rushing attack was solid in this game and was kickstarted by Pope, who started opening up the field for the Bolts.

Pope did not lead the team in rushing yards, as that honor went to Justin Jackson. However, he did pick up 67 rushing yards on 10 carries, which included a big 26-yard run. Pope was also an outlet in the passing game as well, catching five passes for 28 yards.

This is fantastic production from someone who was not even on the roster to start the year and while the Broncos ultimately got the last laugh, it was fun to see Pope playing so well while Melvin Gordon faltered.

Gordon finished with 26 yards on eight carries.

Are we sure Melvin Gordon isn’t a Cardinal because Pope has been superior #BoltUp

— Bolt Beat (@BB_Chargers) November 1, 2020

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