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LA Chargers: Team grades from a confusing win over the Broncos

Dec 27, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers tight end Stephen Anderson (82) runs along the sideline while defended by Denver Broncos free safety Justin Simmons (31) in the third quarter at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 27, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers tight end Stephen Anderson (82) runs along the sideline while defended by Denver Broncos free safety Justin Simmons (31) in the third quarter at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
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(Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)
(Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)

Receivers and defensive line

It’s hard to say that I expected the receiving game to be good here. No Allen or Henry is just such a huge detriment to the offense.

Donald Parham and Stephen Anderson honestly did really well in this game. The tight ends combined for six receptions and 95 yards. That’s a traditional Henry stat line, so color me impressed with the fact that they were able to replace his production well.

The rest? Meh. Mike Williams was good in his production with four catches for 54 yards. It didn’t seem like him, Tyron Johnson, or Jalen Guyton were able to create separation terribly effectively. It was serviceable, but certainly a bit of a let down from how Johnson and Guyton played last week. Then again, Denver does have a better secondary compared to what Las Vegas rolled out.

The defensive line on this team is problematic without one of Joey Bosa or Melvin Ingram. Jerry Tillery laid a goose egg in his performance. Other than Linval Joseph and Damion Square, I just didn’t see the effort or technique from this group on a consistent basis.

Isaac Rochell might be Walter Payton Man of the Year, but he certainly isn’t a defensive end I want to see on the field that much.

With no Uchenna Nwosu, Bosa, or Ingram, this line struggled hard. It’s disappointing when there needs to be some development rather soon for guys like Tillery, Rochell, and Justin Jones.

Receivers: C+

Defensive line: D+

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