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Chargers Fall to the Lions: Good, Bad, and Ugly

The Chargers get run over in the motor city. After a great victory at home over the Ravens, the Chargers came out flat in Detroit. Falling behind early, the Chargers couldn't find a way to get things back in order.

Fans do have every right to be upset about this season. After missing the playoffs last year, most people (including myself) felt this Chargers team would rebound and win the division. Terrible play by Rivers, bad clock management, and too many lackadaisical games doomed this Chargers team.


Garbage time offense: With the Chargers down 24-0 at the half, the offense the entire second half was in garbage mode. The drive to start off the second half was great, the Chargers were never able to close the deal inside the redzone, settling for a FG and turning the ball over on downs. Fans tried to keep hope alive, but the Chargers couldn't deliver.

Malcom Floyd: Glad to see Floyd step up, with Jackson suffering from two broken hands. Six catches for 95 yards, and a touchdown.

Sacks: With sacks by Donald Butler, Cam Thomas, and Vaughn Martin.


First half: The Lions dominated on both sides of the ball. The game seemed to be over before the Chargers decided to start playing.

Philip Rivers: With over 53 pass attempts, Rivers is going to shoulder the blame for the lack of red zone success as well as third down conversions. Those two interceptions at the end of the game were only fitting.

Running game: What running game? The Chargers got down early and Norv never looked back. 50+ pass attempts and 16 rushing attempts (four on the last drive).

Vincent Jackson: He proves once again he's not an elite receiver. For those of you that want to say he was injured, that's just silly. He is a passive receiver, he doesn't attack the ball, and he quits on too many plays. Two catches on seven targets today. Jackson has always had plenty of potential and we have seen glimpses of it, but he has never been able to make that next step into the elite category.


The season: The Chargers tried to keep things interesting, but at the end of the day, they ran out of gas. Bad coaching? Lack of talent? Injuries? Take your pick, but at the end of the day, this Chargers team has not made the playoffs in a weak division the last two seasons.

I've never been a big fan of AJ or Norv, so the question I have for you is... Should the Chargers bring back either? Neither? Both?