Chargers Beat Broncos: Good, Bad, and Ugly

A win, is a win, is a win.  It was not pretty, but if you told me the Chargers would be 4-1 heading into the bye week, I wouldn't complain about how they got there.  Winning on the road in the division is never easy, no matter how terrible the opposition may look on paper.  A combination of an effective Chargers defense and an ineffective Kyle Orton forced Broncos' coach John Fox's hand.  Enter, Tim Tebow!  Not the TO show, the TeBOW show. 

Tebow did not disappoint and made Chargers fans quite uncomfortable in the process.  At the end of the day the Chargers were able to send Broncos' fans home disappointed, while allowing Bolt fans to rejoice.    

Good

Ryan Mathews

RM24 was not able to reach 149 total yards as he did the previous two games, but did break 100 yards, finishing at 132 yards (125 rush, 7 receiving).  Mathews played through injuries throughout the game, I would have to guess his body will welcome the bye week.

Running game

Mathews, Tolbert, Hester, and Rivers combined for over 200 yards on the ground and averaged 4.8 yards per carry.  Hopefully, this will translate to less pressure on Rivers to make plays.

Nick Novak

Novak accounted for 17 of the teams 29 points.  Hitting five field goals from 24, 32, 28, 51, and 35, Novak was flawless once again. 

Malcom Floyd

While Malcom was targeted seven times, he only caught three passes, but he did make the most of those catches.  I'll take three catches, 100 yards, and a touchdown from M80 any day.

Donald Butler

Butler continues to impress, this week he had four solo tackles and an interception.

No Penalties

How amazing is that?  Really freaking amazing!

Bad

Philip Rivers

18/29 250 yards and a touchdown does not sound too shabby.  When you throw in an interception, a fumble, and being sacked five times, you are going to end up on this part of the list.  The Chargers have played some bad teams, which have allowed Rivers to get away with these shenanigans, but the road is rough ahead and he needs to stop giving the other team opportunities. 

Kick Coverage

Positive part of me wants to point out that only three kicks were returned (one kick off, two punts).  The not so positive part of me is unhappy about the 28 yard kickoff return and the two punt returns for 37 yards.

Ugly

Fourth quarter

After a Nick Novak 35 yard field goal at the 13:35 mark in the fourth quarter, the Chargers were outscored 14-3.  The legend of Tim Tebow continues to grow, as he drove the Broncos down the field and had a chance on the last play of the game to win the game for the ponies.  The Chargers looked as though, they feel asleep at the wheel and woke up just in time to avoid a disaster.

Front Seven

Willis McGahee ran 16 times for 125 yards averaging over seven yards a carry.  They also were not able to record a single sack, while only recording one hit on the quarterback.

That's the GBU from my end.  Who made your list?

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