4. The Chargers offense is running on fumes
Finally, those other three points I touched on wouldn't be as big of a deal if the Chargers offense was doing what it was doing in the first three games of the season.
34 points against the Dolphins. 24 against the Titans. 28 against the Vikings. The offense was absolutely flowing in all three of those games for the most part.
Now, we've got real issues protecting Justin Herbert and getting the secondary receivers open on a consistent basis.
I have not been comfortable with this Charger offense ever since the second half of the Raiders game, which just so happened to coincide with Justin Herbert breaking his finger.
Since that moment, the flow has just been off. For a number of reasons that we can argue about all day.
It's just a very tough matchup going against this Lions offense when what we've seen from the Charger offense the past month has not been what we're accustomed to.
First and foremost, the O-line has to give Justin time to throw. It is imperative. He hasn't had consistently clean pockets in a very long time.......too long of a time. Not only does Justin badly need that extra second or two, but the receivers outside of Keenan Allen need it badly so they can get open more consistently.
If this game does not go the Bolts' way, I'd like to at least see the offense do what it's capable of again. Four quarters of constant moving of the football. I'm sick of hearing the talking heads diss Justin Herbert. Get back to being one of the most prolific offenses in the league. If they can do that, and the defense can keep playing the way it is, we've got a pretty dangerous team heading into the second half of this season. And a team that will be well on its way to silencing the haters.