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LA Chargers: The good, bad and ugly in Week 2 loss to Dallas Cowboys

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The ugly in the LA Chargers Week 2 loss to the Dallas Cowboys:

The officiating

This was a sloppy game for the LA Chargers, who finished with 12 penalties for 99 yards. There definitely were some sloppy moments for the team that are worth calling out. We are not going to sit here and pretend like every foul call was a terrible call by the referees.

However, that being said, there were a lot of terrible calls from the referees in this game. The illegal formation call was laughable and that was just the tip of the iceberg.

The officials were bad in Week 1 as well but this was even worse. I hate being the fan that makes excuses but it is undeniable that the referees had a huge negative impact on this team.

I will never buy into the idea that the referees are intentionally throwing a game so a specific team can win, that conspiracy theory has no legs. This was just a downright horrible showing.

The run defense

The worst part of the defense in this game was the run defense and it is not something that is new to the LA Chargers. We knew that this was going to be a problem this week as the team was without Justin Jones as well as its best run-defending corner on the team, Chris Harris Jr.

That is still no excuse for how bad the team was not just against the run but against the running backs in general. Tony Pollard and Ezekiel Elliott carried the ball 29 times for 180 yards and two touchdowns. On top of that, they picked up another 57 yards on five catches, often in key moments.

Allowing 237 yards from scrimmage to two running backs simply is not good football and needs to be cleaned up.