While last night’s game against the Miami Dolphins ended up being another one-score loss, it was nowhere near the same as the previous seven contests for the Chargers.
Miami had their foot on the gas from the very beginning and it shook Justin Herbert and company to the core. As the game went on, you could sense the timidness from the offense. Herbert got happy feet faster than in any game before and it showed as he rushed a few easy throws, some resulting in missed first downs or potential touchdowns.
While Herbert did outplay in the box score, he still threw an ugly interception that helped the Dolphins put the Bolts away in the fourth quarter.
Here’s what CBS Sports’ John Breech had to say about the contest, after giving the Chargers a solid “C” for their performance against Miami:
Another week, another Dolphins “total team” victory. It started early, as Andrew Van Ginkel blocked a punt after the Chargers went three and out on their first drive. The loose ball was recovered by Miami on the one-yard line, and Salvon Ahmed punched it in for the first score of the game just one play later. Xavien Howard picked off Justin Herbert in the second half and the defense limited the Chargers to just 273 total yards of offense, while the offense added a total of three touchdowns. Tua Tagovailoa may be 3-0 as a starter, but the past three wins have been total team efforts — which is a characteristic successful NFL franchises share.
I won’t lie. I didn’t expect the Chargers to win this game. It was a bad matchup from top to bottom. I obviously hoped for some surprises, but there weren’t any.
The team will move on to the winless New York Jets this week, but it’s insane to think even that game isn’t as much of a “gimme” as anyone would have expected just a week or two ago.
Now for today’s links.
Dolphins top Chargers 29-21 on Sunday evening (Chargers.com)
Gavino Borquez highlights his top performers against the Dolphins (Chargers Wire)
See what the Chargers had to say after Sunday’s loss (Chargers Wire)
Simon Brady grades the performances of both rookie quarterbacks (Bolt Beat)
The Cardinals beat the Bills on an epic Hail Mary (ESPN)
David Bakhtiari became the highest-paid offensive lineman in NFL history (ESPN)
The Ravens lost TE Nick Boyle for the season (ESPN)
John Breech hands out letter grades for each team’s Week 10 performance (CBS Sports)
What we learned from NFL’s Week 10 slate (NFL.com)