The San Diego Chargers certainly started slow, and seemingly unprepared, and trailed the Detroit Lions 21-3 at one point. They came close to having the score be 21-17 at the half, but Philip Rivers threw his second interception of the day (the first one turned into a defensive touchdown, the second one was in the end zone and prevented a Chargers touchdown) and now we sit at 21-10.
So, what went wrong?
Well, the offensive line has looked like shit, which has not helped the gameplan. Rivers is sitting in shotgun every snap, which makes the offense a bit more predictable. He also appears to be sorely missing Antonio Gates, who is suspended for this and the next three regular season games.
The defensive line has not looked much better. Matthew Stafford has been sacked once, when Kyle Emanuel went unblocked, but otherwise has had plenty of time to wait for receivers to come open downfield. Second-round pick Ameer Abdullah is averaging 11 yards per including a 24 yard touchdown run.
For the Chargers to have a chance to come back in this one, they're going to have to find a way to dominate the line of scrimmage.