Another Sunday and another loss for the San Diego Chargers. The team dropped its sixth straight game, losing to the Kansas City Chiefs at home by a score of 33-3.
The Chiefs came into the game riding a three-game winning streak after dropping five in a row. The team was getting hot just as it traveled to Qualcomm to take on the Bolts. The Chargers, on the other hand, had lost five straight as the season was spiraling into nothingness.
The day was supposed to be a special one with the team wearing their powder blue jerseys and the retirement of Chargers’ great LaDainian Tomlinson’s number at halftime. LT was also inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame.
The team was stagnant and inept for all four quarters of the contest, mustering only a second-quarter field goal for its only points of the game. Rookie kicker Josh Lambo nailed a 52-yarder.
Quarterback Philip Rivers was held to a season-low 178 yards passing. He received little help from the receiving corps as the wideouts and receiving options dropped multiple passes, struggling to get open and provide Rivers with the necessary windows to fit the ball in there. The signal caller threw an interception on a screen-pass attempt that Chiefs’ defender Justin Houston took back for a score.
Houston wasn’t the only defensive player for Kansas City to score on the day, as defensive tackle Dontari Poe came in at the goal line, leaping over the pile for the touchdown.
Yup, the Chargers are finding even more inventive ways to give up scores.
Wide receiver Stevie Johnson was the only consistent target, hauling in seven receptions for a team-high 54 yards.
Obviously that is not very impressive, which would be the story of the day for the Bolts.
Speaking of struggling, rookie running back Melvin Gordon continued to be unable to make any kind of positive impact on the ground, rushing for 37 yards on 15 carries, averaging only 2.5 yards per carry on the day.
For the year, Gordon has managed to accumulate only 450 yards in 10 games this year. He still has yet to score his first NFL touchdown.
Defensively, the Chargers played very poorly, missing tackles and giving up far too many explosive plays. Chiefs’ quarterback Alex Smith was surgical, carving up the Chargers’ defense with 253 yards passing on 20 completions out of 25 attempts.
The defense did manage to sack Smith three times with Corey Liuget, Manti Te’o and Denzel Perryman getting their once each. Perryman’s sack was the first of his rookie season. He was one of the only bright spots for the team, flying all over the field and making plays.
The Chiefs managed to churn out 153 yards in the rushing game with Spencer Ware gaining 96 yards on only 11 carries. Ware had two touchdowns on the day with one going for 52 yards.
Other than the special halftime ceremony honoring LT, the most “interesting” part of the loss was a spat between Rivers and tight end Antonio Gates on the sideline.
In a heated exchange between the two veterans, it appeared that Gates told Rivers he would “beat his ass” as the two argued with each other.
That is what this season has become, two of the team’s stars exchanging very heated words. Although it shouldn’t be blown out of proportion, it is not a good look considering how badly the team has been performing.
The 2015 season is all over but the crying. Fans of the Chargers had already begun to jump ship and it is only going to get worse as the team is falling on its face week in and week out.
If the season were to end today, the Bolts would have the second pick in the first round of the 2016 draft. Many have started to hope that the club continues to lose, enabling them to lock in a top-three selection in the upcoming draft.
At this point, due to the inordinate amount of holes on the roster, the Chargers seem to be in position to focus on drafting the best player available come 2016.
The team’s next opportunity to continue its streak of ineptitude is on the road next Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Jacksonville comes into the Week 12 contest with a record of 4-6, coming off of a victory over the Tennessee Titans.