Possible to think the season is over at Week 6? Don’t ask the San Diego Chargers fan base. An embarrassing loss last night to the division rivals, the Denver Broncos, took out all the air on the Chargers hopes of becoming the team to beat in the AFC West.
The beginning of the night started oddly slow for a match up between division rivals looking to top out the number one spot. Back to back punts gave little to no showing of the two elite quarterbacks in the AFC West division. The real story was the special teams in the first quarter. With muffed punts, fumbled kick off return, the Chargers were always in good field position, scoring twice off of special teams plays. Mike Scifres is undoubtedly an unsung hero on the team. With the momentum the special teams were giving the Chargers, the defense responded. Taking Peyton Manning out of his comfort zone, the Chargers’ defense kept producing three and outs.
Phillip Rivers finally found Gates for two touchdowns, Gates’ first touchdown receptions of the season and also Gates’ 50th and 51sttouchdown catches. In between Gates’ spectacular catches, the defense was on the field to thwart the increasingly frustrated Manning, and Quentin Jammer gets his first pick-6 of his long career. No stopping the San Diego Chargers in the first half.
And I believe that’s the last we heard of the Chargers for the rest of the game.
The story then belongs to Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. Manning comes out storming, he was made a fool of in
the first half: miscommunication with his receivers, a horrible attempt to tackle Jammer, and having absolutely no rhythm to get his offense going. But Peyton Manning is Peyton Manning, and he led the Broncos back from a 24 point deficit to winning by the double digits.
What a gut check for the Chargers. Back to back weeks, fast starts and can’t seem to finish a game. What do the coaches say to the players at halftime to make them stop playing? “Good game so far, why not take a breather?”
There is still a lot to be said about this game. Defense stopped making plays in the second half, Phillip Rivers was picked off in almost every pass he tried to throw for more than 15+ yards (that is four interceptions) , the entire team could not make one play.
The tale of two halves. So who’s fault does this lie on Charger fans?