LA Chargers: Getting to know the New England Patriots
By Devon Auriemma
The LA Chargers will host the New England Patriots in a Week 13 matchup.
The LA Chargers lost their eighth game of the season this past week against the Buffalo Bills. Nothing seemed to go right for the Chargers in this game. They put up their lowest point total since Week 3 against the Panthers as they lost 27-17.
Justin Herbert struggled with his accuracy in this game as some of his passes were just out of reach of his receivers. Besides a 33-yard run by Joshua Kelley, the run game was basically non-existent.
Austin Ekeler did get his normal workload in his first game back, which should continue to help the Chargers’ offense going forward. Herbert was sacked three times on the day as the Chargers offensive line gave up 27 total pressures.
While they did allow 27 points, the defense played pretty well. Joey Bosa had a monstrous day as he racked up three sacks on seven pressures and recovered a fumble. Michael Davis was also very good in coverage as he limited Stefon Diggs to three catches on five targets for 17 yards and also came away with an interception.
The Chargers were able to force three turnovers in this game, all of which came in the fourth quarter. However, they only managed to come away with three points off of those turnovers. A career day for Joey Bosa ended in a loss as the Chargers’ offense struggled against the Bills defense.
Last Five Matchups
Former Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has dominated the Chargers over the course of his career. In their last five matchups, the Patriots are 5-0 including a 41-28 win in the 2018 Divisional Round.
Both teams were able to score quickly as the game was tied 7-7 after the first five minutes. The Patriots would go on to score 31 unanswered points and the Chargers Super Bowl hopes were over.
Philip Rivers threw for 331 yards and three touchdowns as they were forced to throw to get back into the game. Brady threw for 343 yards and a score while Sony Michel ran for 129 and three touchdowns.