The San Diego Chargers found another way to lose in heartbreaking fashion Sunday. Outmanned, outgunned and on the road the Bolts found themselves on the doorstep of the Kansas City goal line in the waning seconds of the game only to fall by a 10-3 score. Under gray skies and a game-long torrent of rain, both teams plodded through the mire as the ball took funny hops and slipped out of players hands as if coated in grease.
As you’d expect from a game in the midst of a flood advisory the game was a defensive struggle. Both teams tackled well under the circumstances but offensive line woes were the undoing of the Chargers yet again. Quarterback Philip Rivers, face puffy from battling the flu, was sacked five times. Running back Melvin Gordon was tackled for a loss multiple times. A back-to-back delay of game and false start penalties moved the Bolts back from first-and-goal from the two-yard line back to goal-to-go from the 12-yard line.
San Diego brought the fight to Kansas City. Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith was sacked twice and intercepted once by Jason Verrett. Coming into this game, Smith had not been intercepted since week three. The lone touchdown of the game came on an odd play call from defensive coordinator John Pagano that brought every Chargers defender within four yards of the line of scrimmage showing an all-out blitz. Smith saw the formation, audibled to a quick slant and 44 yards later Chiefs wide receiver Albert Wilson was celebrating in the end zone.
The season can’t end soon enough for the ill-fated Chargers. The football Gods have smited the team in America’s Favorite City once again with a bevy of injuries and inconsistent play. With this loss, San Diego has dropped seven of their last eight games. However, those are not the numbers the Chargers fear. The number three has been a fate worse than death, especially recently. Numbers don’t lie.
Number of Chargers wins: 3
Philip Rivers has not thrown a touchdown pass in three of the Bolts last four games.
The Chargers worst loss of the season was three weeks ago to this same Kansas City Chiefs team by a score of 33-3.
San Diego has only scored three points in three of their last four games.
Rivers has thrown one interception in each of the last three losses where the Bolts were held to only a field goal, giving him three picks in that time span.
Headlined by Keenan Allen (13), four of the twelve players on the Chargers injured reserve list have a jersey number that includes the number three. That list includes the player that wears the number three, wide receiver Torrance Allen.
The old adage that good things come in threes has not applied to San Diego this season. Ironically, the highest number of points the Chargers scored this season was the week one season opening come-from-behind win against Detroit where the Chargers scored 33 points. It’s been all downhill for there. Not a minute too soon, the season will be over an we can close this ugly chapter in San Diego football history and start looking forward to free agency and the 2016 NFL Draft.
Only three games left to go…
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