The Los Angeles Chargers got back on track Sunday against the Houston Texans.
With that said, it was far from a convincing win for Brandon Staley's group. What seemed like a surefire blowout victory heading into halftime quickly morphed into a fourth-quarter nail-biter that fans were forced to sweat out.
Yes, a win is a win, but it should've never come to that. The Chargers opened up a 27-7 lead after two quarters and didn't score again until the game's final minutes to open up a 10-point advantage after Houston rallied to make it a 27-24 game.
Again, a win is ultimately what mattered at the end of the day but LA's sluggish performance out of halftime was just par for the course for them this season.
Through four games, the Chargers' first-half stats compared to their second-half stats are night and day and a huge concern moving forward.
The Chargers have been outscored in the second half in every game so far this season.
In the first half, the Chargers are averaging 15.3 points, good for sixth in the NFL, according to Team Rankings. Conversely, Los Angeles' 8.3 points allowed in the first half of games is fifth behind the 49ers, Cowboys, Rams and Panthers.
Now, we get to the second half. Take a deep breath, Bolts fans, because these numbers are almost too maddening to believe.
In the second half, the Chargers' 7.8 points per game is tied for 25th in the league. That's inexcusable for an offense with a top-five quarterback who's flush with weapons. On defense, LA's 18.8 points per game allowed in the second half is second-to-last in the league. Only the Lions, who are on pace to allow the most points of any team in NFL history, surrender more second-half points on average.
On Sunday, the Chargers were outscored 27-7 in the second half. In Week 3, the Jaguars outscored them 22-3 in the final 30 minutes. In Week 2, LA took a 10-7 lead into halftime against the Chiefs only to lose the second half battle 20-14 en route to a loss. And in Week 1 they opened a 17-3 lead over the Raiders only to watch Las Vegas storm back thanks to a 16-7 second-half run. Luckily, the Chargers held on for the win.
It's not like one lopsided week skewed these stats. The Chargers have been outscored in the second half in every game this season. Is it on the coaches to motivate the players better during halftime? Is it on the players to show more urgency?
Whatever it is, it needs to be nipped in the bud fast because this isn't sustainable for a team that set high expectations coming into the season.