After one of the best halves of football that we've seen from the San Diego Chargers this season, the Bolts still trail the Chicago Bears 17-10.
The first 30 minutes of this game was reminiscent of the 2010 Chargers, with the passing offense and defense playing exceptionally well, but the team being held back by Special Teams (long returns by both Devin Hester and Johnny Knox), lack of a pass rush (no sacks or any real pressure on Jay Cutler) and a mediocre running game (Ryan Mathews has a 23 yard run, but accumulated 5 rushing yards on his other 7 carries). That's the bad news.
The good news is that this game is still very winnable for San Diego. Actually, with them getting the ball to start the second half, they could be tied with the Bears early in the second half.
I would like to make one quick gripe, and that is Norv Turner not using one of his timeouts to stop the clock before the Bears scored at the end of the first half. It's a timeout he ended up not using, and it the Bolts had an extra 30-40 seconds on the clock they could've easily given Nick Novak an easier FG opportunity to end the half. C'est la Norv.
Onto the second half. With Philip Rivers looking like Philip Rivers, and Vincent Jackson and Antonio Gates also looking like themselves, there could be some real excitement about this team if they can find a way to win this game.