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LA Chargers: The good, bad and ugly in Week 12 loss to Buffalo Bills

Nov 1, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 1, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports /
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(Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images) – LA Chargers /

The ugly:

Anthony Lynn’s decision making:

I mean, it is just getting laughable at this point, isn’t it? The LA Chargers had one of the worst-coached drive I think I have ever seen in the NFL. They wasted far too much time on a two-minute drive at the end of the first half and then opted to call a timeout before a fourth and short at midfield.

They punted. The Buffalo Bills kneeled to send it to halftime but the Chargers actively wasted time when they needed it and then saved time when the Bills needed it — only to punt, down by two possessions, against a playoff team.

He also called a halfback dive up the middle on fourth and one in the fourth quarter that was absolutely snuffed out. No creativity. Luckily, Nick Vigil forced the fumble two plays later to give the Bolts the ball back, which led to a field goal that was still disappointing.

The Bolts had third and inches in the red zone with a six-six quarterback and ran a speed option pitch to Joshua Kelley that was blown up behind the line of scrimmage. Anthony Lynn then wasted a timeout to kick a field goal. Can’t make it up.

And then, while the game was pretty much over, Anthony Lynn decides to RUN THE BALL on first and goal down by 10 with less than 30 seconds left. The Chargers already had a massively slim chance of winning and it was completely removed by running 10+ seconds off the clock when they RAN THE BALL WITH NO TIMEOUTS.

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The Chargers could have had a chance (albeit slim) at the end of the game if Lynn managed the time better and didn’t punt the ball away (assuming they scored) at the end of the first half. For that reason, this is the only ugly part of this game as we have to highlight just how bad the coaching is.

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