Even after their lopsided defeat to the Ravens, the Chargers saw little movement across the various power rankings. Fortunately, most analysts and reporters saw the game for what it was: the one bad game every good team has at least once in a given season.
This is a much-needed bye week for the Bolts who will look to get a handful of starters back on the field by the time they host the Patriots on Halloween.
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Athlon Sports - #6
“Their LA compatriots did just fine flying east and playing at 10am on the body clocks so perhaps we’ll chalk that up to just a bad, bad outing against a great team. Brandon Staley has a run defense problem on his hands though and that’s been clear long before losing to Baltimore.” - Bryan Fischer
The Ringer - #8
NBC Sports - #8
“Justin Herbert and the Chargers have looked sensational so far this season, but Sunday was not their day. They were unable to get anything going in their 34-6 loss to Baltimore. L.A.’s run defense looks like a serious issue as the Ravens rushed for 187 yards and three TDs.” - Jake Levin
ESPN - #8
“We didn’t know what to expect from the Chargers, and it’s safe to say they’ve overachieved at 4-2, with signature wins over the Chiefs, Raiders and the Browns. But overachieving breeds more expectations, as does having a budding star quarterback in Justin Herbert. Can they hang on to first place in the AFC West and finish it out? That might depend on whether they can improve their run defense, which is currently last in the NFL and could hurt them down the road.” - Shelley Smith
NFL.com - #8
“Every team has a bad week. The Chargers hope it doesn’t get worse than Sunday, a humbling 34-6 loss to the Ravens in which Brandon Staley’s team was manhandled on offense, defense and special teams. Justin Herbert was virtually unstoppable in Week 5’s shootout win over the Browns, but the Ravens’ blitz-heavy scheme kept the second-year star uncomfortable and led to an uncharacteristically inaccurate performance. Even the Chargers’ celebrated aggressiveness backfired in this one: Herbert threw a pair of incompletions on two fourth-and-short attempts in Chargers territory, with both turnovers leading to Baltimore points. It’s not how they wanted to hit their bye, but the Chargers should still feel optimistic about what’s to come.” - Dan Hanzus
Sporting News - #8
“The Chargers weren’t prepared to handle the Ravens’ versatile offense, which knew to attack them where they are weakest, in run defense. The Justin Herbert clunker is a reminder he still can fall victim to his inexperience, no matter how good he looked in the previous week.” - Vinnie Iyer
Pro Football Network - #8
“It had to happen eventually. After a massive, emotional victory against the Cleveland Browns in Week 5, the Chargers laid a stinker against the Baltimore Ravens. They traveled thousands of miles east for a 1 PM game a week after a hard-fought win.”
“Every team has a bad day, and that was today for the Chargers. They weren’t a tremendous run-defending team to begin with, and the Ravens are a terrible matchup in that respect. Nevertheless, it was an exciting game. The Chargers’ defense either got the Ravens off the field immediately or allowed long drives for points, and there was no real in between.” - Dalton Miller
New York Post - #8
“Let’s give a one-time pass for the hideous performance against the Ravens. One week after scoring 47 points, the Chargers were held under 16 for the second time in Justin Herbert’s two-year tenure. Brandon Staley’s risk-taking coaching style has paid dividends so far, but his decision to go for a fourth-and-1 at the Chargers’ 19-yard line, trailing 24-6 in the third quarter, was too much.” - Ryan Dunleavy
Bleacher Report - #9 (Updated from initial posting)
The Los Angeles Chargers came into Week 6 looking to make a statement by beating the 4-1 Ravens in Baltimore.
“Instead, the only statement the Bolts made was ‘ouch.’”
“From the opening kickoff to the final play, the Chargers were dominated on both sides of the ball. Los Angeles only had 21 yards more total than the Ravens amassed just on the ground.”
“It was a sobering comedown for a Chargers team that had been cruising of late. The Chargers will have two weeks to think about what went wrong (and rest injured players like wide receiver Mike Williams and linebacker Drue Tranquill) ahead of a Halloween matchup with the New England Patriots.” - NFL Staff