Open Thread: San Diego Chargers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2nd Half

Al Messerschmidt

The Chargers are leading 21-17 at the half, but they've lost their punter. Should we be happy?

Things were going so well. The Chargers had a 14-10 lead over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who seem to have the worst secondary in the league. Then, the Chargers failed to convert on 3rd down. It's okay, they would just punt it and hope to stop Tampa before halftime.

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Oh, apparently it's 2010 all over again. Sweet. The good part about that is that Philip Rivers is 2010 Philip Rivers! After that Bucs TD, which gave them a 17-14 lead, Rivers drove the Chargers down the first for the third time and threw his third TD pass (no turnovers!) to reclaim the lead. San Diego is up 21-17 at the break, with Tampa getting the ball to start the second half.

The bad part, besides the GIF above, is that the defense seems awfully porous and that 2010 team missed the playoffs by losing games like this. John Pagano needs to make adjustments to shore up the defense, and someone needs to learn how to punt and hold the ball on field goals because it doesn't look like Mike Scifres is coming back after that hit.

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