This game is much closer than it deserves to be. Can the Chargers stay in the game in the second half?
The Chargers headed to the locker room at the end of the first half on the short-end of a 17-7 score. The game hasn't been nearly as close as the score would indicate.
The Broncos have looked dominant over the Chargers in 2 of the 3 phases of the game. Denver's special teams has looked a little shaky: Trindon Holliday had a a near-muffed punt and Matt Prater clanged a 55-yard field goal attempt off the upright. Though, the Chargers did their best to give the Broncos the edge there too as they allowed a blocked punt for the second straight week.
Chargers offense: 54 total yards; 1 interception; 2 first downs (1 off penalty); 1.9 average yards gained per play; 0-for-8 on third down. I would not call that successful by any measure of the word. The Chargers offense has not looked good at all, the offensive line has not given Rivers any time to throw and there is no semblance of a running game coming out of the San Diego backfield. In fact, bad Rivers showed up to throw a ridiculous interception across the middle of the field on first down. The only first down the Chargers actually converted themselves came within the 1st minute of the game. Awful.
Really, the Chargers defense is the only thing keeping the team in this game. As the only Chargers score in the game came on a Weddle returned a tipped ball — courtesy of Marcus Gilchrist — for a touchdown. Add in a recovered forced fumble, and the Chargers defense is certainly doing their best to give the Offense a chance.
Denver and San Diego seem to be polar opposites. Manning and the Broncos only get better as the game wears on, whereas Rivers and the Chargers only get worse as the game goes on. I don't have much confidence in the Chargers pulling this one out in the end, but I'd love to be proven wrong.