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Chargers come out with middling game grade in loss to Cowboys

Could’ve been a lot worse, to be honest.

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One week after finishing the game against Washington with the ball in their hands, the Chargers found themselves on the other side of the coin this past Sunday against the Cowboys.

With a little under four minutes to play, Dak Prescott and the Dallas offense put together an 11-play drive that gave them the opportunity to end the game as time expired. A 56-yarder is no layup, but to Greg Zuerlein, it might as well have been.

The Chargers’ play on the field wasn’t nearly as bad as it may have seemed, although it was tough to see much of anything through the blizzard of yellow flags that painted the field all day.

Despite the oddly-undisciplined performance, the Bolts managed a surprisingly average game grade from CBS Sports’ John Breech who gave them a solid “C.”

“Much like the Cowboys, the Chargers were a mixed bag of blessings and curses, but the latter ended up being one too many in a close game that couldn’t afford it. Many will point to the controversial call that awarded first-round pick Micah Parsons an 18-yard sack on Justin Herbert — a play that forced the Chargers into a game-tying field goal versus a potential touchdown — but they ended the game with 12 penalties for a combined 99 yards and Herbert, for all of his greatness in this contest, threw two interceptions; and one was to safety Damontae Kazee in the red zone when Los Angeles was threatening to score a touchdown. It’s a brutal loss for the Chargers, who were only a play or two away from winning but must now instead dig deep to bounce back for Week 3.”

With 12 penalties and two interceptions thrown — one of which came in the end zone — the Chargers could have easily come out of this with a failing mark. Despite the constant setbacks, both sides of the ball were able to stay poised enough to keep this thing close.

It was just a bad football game to watch. Forget who was playing, that was not a fun game to experience and the refs did their fair share of making it that way. Yes, there was bad play that rightfully led to flags for both teams, but the final product was not something the NFL should be proud of.

At any rate, what do you all think about this final gam grade for the Chargers? Should it have been lower or higher? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments below.